bulletbakas:

Guns are a No Gays Allowed club according to that anon I guess

Because that anon is stupid.

"Armed gays don’t get bashed."

thereminlife:

jasechristymonet:

A black female read a book called “Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls” for a class assignment and was required to do a presentation on the subject of aggression.

The book was about educator and bullying expert Rachel Simmons giving girls, parents, and educators proven and innovative strategies for navigating social dynamics in person and online, as well as brand new classroom initiatives and step-by-step parental suggestions for dealing with conventional bullying.

During her presentation about the book, the black female made a connection to the authors findings by sharing her personal experiences growing up in an urban community with bullying and aggression in correlation with what the author of the book states about girls and aggression in urban communities.

A second black female, relates to the first black females personal experience in relation to the book and shares that she was taught to confront issues head on and if someone puts their hands on her then she should defend herself and put her hands on them.

A white female who grew up in a working middle class family also agreed with the two black women about how to respond to aggressive behavior.

The rest of the white females present in the class looked at them puzzled, as if what the black females were saying was abnormal and barbaric. Each person commented, but as a whole the concluding argument was that they did not understand this logic. That they grew in environments where people did not physically fight. There was a mixed black female who also grew up in the suburbs that found the two black females personal relation to the book offensive because she never fought growing up. Sigh*

What aspect of the black females logic was confusing? Even if you personally never fought or had to resort to fighting, If someone is physically attacking you, then you defend yourself and physically retaliate. Why is that confusing? Because based on the scientific theory of fight or flight, what the black females are saying is more than adequate. The black women were simply stating that they were not going to tolerate that type of behavior or play the victim to bullying, and they shouldn’t. A person has the right to defend themselves against their attacker, and in many US states, stand their ground. It doesn’t mean they’re ghetto or barbaric for defending themselves against a physical attack.

This response sent out an important message. Especially when reflecting over the verdict of the Martin vs Zimmerman trial. That upper middle class white people feel a black person, or any person for that matter, has no right to fight and defend themselves when they find themselves in a threatening situation.

The book, “Odd Girl Out” also talked about how suburban females dealt with bullying and aggression. Based on what was documented in the book many white females in suburban areas avoided conflict, internalized it, and, unlike the urban females who address aggressive behavior and bullying, developed health and physical issues such as depression, resulting in suicides.

Very important commentary. From a white suburban male perspective I grew up with the mentality that fighting is not the answer. Granted when we think of fighting we think of males but female fights are often put aside or considered odd. These reactions make sense, but at the same time they do not justify silencing other perspectives. Self defense is legitimate and hopefully there can be ways that these altercations can be judged a bit more fairly. It is funny how Stand Your Ground laws defend these actions, yet at the same time for only certain segments of the population. 

Everybody has the right to defend themselves, regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation. If another person initiates a physical conflict with you, you have every right to defend yourself up to and including deadly force (though deadly force is heavily restricted). 

Violence should always be your last resort and should never be used lightly, it is something everyone has a right to exercise in the right situations. 

I think the difference between those in the suburbs and those in urban environments stems from society. Society tells us “keep your hands to yourself” and “violence is never the answer” but then glorifies violence in movies, music and video games. The stigmatization of violence is more ingrained in affluent communities whereas violence is seen more as a fact of life in less affluent communities. Neither are wrong, but both typically refuse to see the other side as true. 

There is a time and place for pacifism, but there is also a time and place for violence. In a society where women are targets more often, they must know when and, more importantly, how to employ both. Society is not perfect, but with a little common sense and personal responsibility, we can all make it a better place.

cerebralzero:

gunsknivesgear:

Lex Talionis - Law of Tooth and Claw.
November 2013. A storeowner defends himself against a mob of looters in the ruins of Tacloban City. Typhoon Haiyan destroyed 90% of the city and smashed the city jail, unleashing murderers, robbers and rapists on the populace.  At night survivors huddled quietly in the remnants of their homes, for fear of attracting looters. 

I hope this guy makes it through alright.

cerebralzero:

gunsknivesgear:

Lex Talionis - Law of Tooth and Claw.

November 2013. A storeowner defends himself against a mob of looters in the ruins of Tacloban City. Typhoon Haiyan destroyed 90% of the city and smashed the city jail, unleashing murderers, robbers and rapists on the populace.  At night survivors huddled quietly in the remnants of their homes, for fear of attracting looters. 

I hope this guy makes it through alright.

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youdontevenguns:

perceptionsofgrace:

Until you have-

  • Seen a person get shot first-hand
  • Known someone who was murdered
  • Known someone who has committed suicide
  • Known someone who legally obtained a gun that should not have been permitted to
  • Feared for your life because of a gun
  • Feared for the lives of loved ones because of a gun
  • Lost a loved one because of a gun

I do not give a fuck that you feel gun control laws should not be any more strict, because what I have felt outweighs what you feel.

What you have felt doesn’t outweigh the fact that strict gun control is a proven failure. Look up the cdc study if you don’t believe it.

We all deal with traumatic events over the course of our lives. Just because you dealt with difficult feelings and experiences regarding guns does not give you the right to try to dictate the ability of good people to defend themselves and their families.

  • "Seen a person get shot first-hand
  • Known someone who was murdered
  • Known someone who has committed suicide
  • Known someone who legally obtained a gun that should not have been permitted to
  • Feared for your life because of a gun
  • Feared for the lives of loved ones because of a gun
  • Lost a loved one because of a gun”

Ok, let’s break these down one by one:

  • Seeing a person get shot is a terrible and traumatic thing. I’ve seen it too many times and the shock never goes away. I will point out though, the gun did not shoot the person, a person wielding the gun did.
  • Murder is rough. I’ve known two people who were the victims of murder. One was killed with a knife and the other was beaten to death. One of these people was a child, but the other (the one stabbed) may still be alive if she had a gun to defend herself.
  • Sadly, I’ve known three people who have committed suicide. No guns were involved.
  • Ah yes, we get to the meat and potatoes of the issue. There IS a common theme with most of the recent mass shootings: Most were mentally unstable. THIS is where we need to improve the identification and treatment of mental illness. I don’t mean simply revoking a mentally ill person’s gun rights… they will find other ways to harm themselves and/or others if left untreated. If you are referring to criminals obtaining guns, what makes you think a CRIMINAL will obey any extra gun laws? A CRIMINAL, by definition breaks the law and will just steal, rob or burglarize to get their hands on the guns to commit their crimes.
  • Fear for your life because of a gun? I have a gun that lies beside my bed. It’s been there for nearly 2 years and hasn’t moved one bit. It’s a tool.
  • Feared for the lives of loved ones because of a gun? I think you need to take a look at the person or persons using the gun first. They are the true threat. Take away a criminals gun and he will simply rob you with a knife or bat. Look at England.
  • Lost a loved one because of a gun? Again, I have to point out that the gun is just a tool. An inanimate object that can’t think, move or operate without a person manipulating it. We have a society problem more than we have a gun problem.

I see an irrational fear of an inanimate object here. A gun on it’s own can not hurt you. It takes a madman or an incompetent man to hurt you with a gun. There are no in betweens. 

The gun is a machine or wood, metal and/or plastic. It can’t think. It can’t plan. It has no heart, no brain, no soul… it is made to be used by a person. The person is the threat, the gun is merely a means to implement his or hers intent.