July 23, 2014
Staunch Gun Control Advocate Brutalized and Beaten Beyond Recognition Now Owns Gun

“I didn’t want a gun. I specifically didn’t want one,” Dittrich said. “I was very much opposed to hav[ing] one, and I guess I got the realization that the police really can’t protect you. They can respond, and they can protect you once they get there. But, you’re on your own.”

and it’s fucking devastating. this is why we say everyone who can be armed should be. you don’t think it will happen to you and then it does, and you’re not prepared.

(Source: gunrunnerhell)

July 22, 2014
When Rhode Island accidentally legalized prostitution, rape decreased sharply

antigovernmentextremist:

Funny how a policy that reduced the incidence of rape and gonorrhea by considerable margins is being reported as a “error.”

Not a gun post but a reminder to everyone that the state is useless and self perpetuating

(via freexcitizen)

July 22, 2014
http://bluesargently.tumblr.com/post/92515482884/youdontevenguns-bluesargently

youdontevenguns:

bluesargently:

youdontevenguns:

bluesargently:

the argument of “guns will protect women from rape” is like a person who plows a hole in the wall instead of going through the door. like great. you’re here. but did you really have to do that.

… Ok?

But…

I think you pretty much entirely missed the point but I will reply at length when I’m done with work

July 21, 2014
So someone on my facebook feed posted this pro-gun video

elpatron56:

colorfulcuttlefish:

It starts with a pan over this white van to the creepy guy inside it, staring at the house. There’s a young woman at home apparently alone, and there’s a knock at the door. She looks through the peephole—you can see the white van, but there’s no one there. A little while later, it happens again. Creepy guy is at the side of the door, just out of sight. This time she freaks out, goes to the safe under her bed, and gets her gun. The third time, for some reason, creepy guy decides to pound/rattle at the door. She just takes up a “shooting” position (her finger clearly not on the trigger, there’s a closeup showing this) and the guy bursts through her door (remarkably easily for it to have been locked). Then the guy collapses to the floor…for no apparent reason. With a sound effect that seems pretty silly to me. When he comes to, he’s being strapped to a gurney by an EMT who says into the camera “Somebody picked the wrong girl.”

First of all, how realistic is that scenario?

It actually happens a lot of times every year in the US. Except the fainting part. They just run away.

Maybe my privilege is showing here and it does happen all the time, but she’s a cute redheaded white girl so if it happens all the time to other types of people, that’s not the target audience anyway.

>use a redhead white in a commercial

>nobody else is allowed to use guns

Is that a honest statement or just a joke? I can’t tell through the internet.

I guess they should have used more colours than a Benetton ad.

Not to mention that she could have called the police when she got scared instead of taking matters into her own hands and potentially KILL someone.

The police takes between 4 to 40 minutes depending on where you live. Also, since Warren v DC it’s clear that the police has no duty to protect you.

You’re not taking matter into your own hands, you’re just trying to save your own bacon. If anyone put it on your hands, it was the criminal. Nice victim blaming, bruh.

Secondly, and probably more importantly, that last line? Reeks of avoiding responsibility for the larger problem. If he “picked the wrong girl” then that implies there’s a right girl.

No, it doesn’t. If you’re a criminal you simply don’t want to engage people capable of defending themselves. Crimes are highly opportunistic in nature.

Imagine a trick question - have you stopped eating poop? Both “Yes” and “No” are “wrong” answers. Doesn’t mean there’s a “right” one.

Someone who deserves to get…burgled? It’s not clear what crime creepy guy was about to commit. It’s like rape culture, but with even crimes that no one argues about whether they’re always crimes. They just are. Crimes. That need to be punished.

It’s not punishment. Punishment occurs after the fact, the word actually comes from punire, which in Latin can mean “take vengeance for”, “correct” or “cause pain for some offense”.

Self-defense is merely trying to preserve your well-being.

The video goes out of it’s way to prevent any actual violence, too. Guns don’t kill people! They just make them harmlessly collapse and don’t escalate the situation at all! Guns aren’t there to be used! Her fingers aren’t anywhere near the trigger!

In the vast majority of cases of self-defense no shot is fired, so hell yes guns are used to de-escalate a ton of situations.

However, they show the attacker fainting and being taken by EMTs as a euphemism for getting shot.

Not only they don’t want to catch flak or create liabilities by promoting their product with violence, using a lot of realism on ads is generally just for shock value.

We don’t show real poop on diaper commercials, right?

The caption was “Glock Releases New Pro-Gun Commercial That’s Sure to Make Gun Owners Smile!” and maybe it makes gun owners smile, but it’s doing exactly nothing to convince me that anyone needs a gun, much less everyone.

Don’t want a gun? Don’t have one.

After a beer commercial do you start nitpicking that alcohol kills thousands a year and we’d probably better off if it didn’t exist because we don’t need it, you won’t get bikini clad bombshells all over you and you won’t become the center of the party by drinking? Do you get angry that a beer commercial didn’t sell you the idea of drinking beer?

op’s immense lack of understanding any aspect of what they’re talking about is showing.

July 21, 2014

bluesargently:

youdontevenguns:

bluesargently:

the argument of “guns will protect women from rape” is like a person who plows a hole in the wall instead of going through the door. like great. you’re here. but did you really have to do that.

… Ok?

But meanwhile in reality women with guns have prevented their own rapes…

Not what I’m saying at all. What I mean is that I feel the argument for simply arming women with guns is not the be all and end all solution to this.
Sure, it has helped and will continue to stop people in certain occasions. But rape doesn’t fit into a one-size-fits-all pocket.

Nobody is saying arming women is the one and only solution to the massive problem of rape. Anyone that is saying that should be promptly dismissed from any serious discussion. What we are saying is that rape will continue to happen regardless  of any efforts to combat it and it can’t be ignored, and women need a means of protection against rape. The most effective tool for defending one’s life is a gun. That really can’t be debated.

.It can happen in almost any situation which is entirely terrifying.

But guns are also a last resort. If a woman is attacked by someone she knows, it would seem that she has a better chance of fending them off with non-lethal means, just my gut instinct there. That’s not to say that a persistent aggressive sexual assault by a loved one doesn’t merit deadly force. I would not judge or blame a woman who killed her husband to prevent him from raping her, or a woman attacked by a coworker, or any number of situations one could think up.


But to say basically clutching a firearm all the time and instilling more paranoia and fear into women and continually pile on the responsibility to not be a victim on them is a disservice. .

I have never met a single person who was paranoid or afraid all the time because they were carrying a firearm. Everyone I know who carries, which does include one lady around my age (23), has trained and is comfortable with their weapon, and recognizes it’s power and the consequences that come with using it. You’re attempting to assess the mindset of someone who has taken the conscious steps to arm themselves, which in almost every state in America requires a training course to qualify for concealed carry. You can’t possibly speak for every woman, let alone any woman who carries a gun, as I reasonably suspect you have never carried a gun yourself. How could you know what goes through the mind of a woman who is armed?

continually pile on the responsibility to not be a victim

This is what I don’t get about people on tumblr. I hear this all the time with regards to rape discussions. Every. single. person. on. earth. is responsible for their own well-being. You are responsible for ensuring you are not victimized. If the responsibility doesn’t fall on you to protect yourself who will? You can’t just glide through life expecting that nothing bad will ever happen to you. Ever hear the expression bad shit happens to good people? At some point you’re going to have to look out for yourself. Encouraging women to learn self defense, firearms, and avoiding high-risk areas and scenarios is NOT the same thing as victim blaming.


What we really need to start doing is focusing on how we can stop the issue itself not pushing more guns into people’s hands.

That will literally never happen. As long as there is life on this planet, rape will continue to occur. We may be able to cut down on the rates or frequency of rape, but it will never be eradicated. That’s a utopian pipe dream. As far as “pushing more guns into people’s hands”, nobody is pushing anything. Never once have I heard of someone being forced to buy a gun and train with it. People make the decision to arm themselves based on their surroundings and perceived dangers. Those people who take up arms with good intentions - meaning to protect themselves or their families, hunt, target shoot, etc - are not the people you should be worrying about in the first place, and statistically they are approx 98% of all the people who own guns as far as we can tell.


But maybe I lack the understanding of that cling-to-your-guns culture.

Yes, you do.

I don’t live in a society that values guns that much. No one here just walks around with a gun in their pockets or whatever. Hell, the only people I’ve seen carrying guns are cops.

But if gun control and anti-gun sentiments were enough, your cops wouldn’t need guns, now would they?

They have that mentality in the UK too, and they’re so swaddled that this actually occurs:

I’d rather live in a place where I can sufficiently defend my life than a place where I can’t be trusted with plastic cutlery.

July 21, 2014

(Source: dr-mindbender, via basedheisenberg)

July 21, 2014
After the last

elpatron56:

rkidd:

mass shooting in Australia, the laws were changed, and since then there has been 18 years free of mass shootings in Australia.

The Monash University shooting was in 2002.

But that’s not the whole story.

It’s not really thanks to the government. It was thanks to us.

You see, we Australians were shocked at the brutal killings. It was all over the media, the TV, everywhere. But we recognised that getting rid of guns would reduce the risk of this sort of wholesale murder-for-spectacle.

In some parts of Australia gun ownership is actually higher than before the new laws.

The government responded and restricted guns accordingly. As a reaction to the public response, as they should have. People then showed up in droves to hand their guns in. Even convicted criminals in many cases.

Now can you imagine the same thing happening in the US? No? Why not?

It’s not their laws that are the problem. The lack of regulation only reveals the underlying problem: The US culture.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_politics_in_Australia#Research

"Subsequently, a study by McPhedran and Baker compared the incidence of mass shootings in Australian and New Zealand. Data were standardised to a rate per 100,000 people, to control for differences in population size between the countries and mass shootings before and after 1996/1997 were compared between countries. That study found that in the period 1980–1996, both countries experienced mass shootings. The rate did not differ significantly between countries. Since 1996/1997, neither country has experienced a mass shooting event despite the continued availability of semi-automatic longarms in New Zealand. The authors conclude that "the hypothesis that Australia’s prohibition of certain types of firearms explains the absence of mass shootings in that country since 1996 does not appear to be supported… if civilian access to certain types of firearms explained the occurrence of mass shootings in Australia (and conversely, if prohibiting such firearms explains the absence of mass shootings), then New Zealand (a country that still allows the ownership of such firearms) would have continued to experience mass shooting events."[43]”

You should read the other sources on that link. Plenty of them disagree with you.

July 21, 2014
Daily Kos Publishes Article claiming that Pulse Rifles and NCM Assault rifles can be purchased in Gerogia.

basedheisenberg:

This link goes directly to the Daily Kos article. If you’d rather not give them hits:

Also, notice the several misclassifcations of some of the other firearms listed.

But remember, gun rights advocates are the crazy, dangerous, paranoid bunch of idiots, while the gun control proponents are the smart, calm, reasonable, credible group of concerned citizens.

July 21, 2014

bluesargently:

the argument of “guns will protect women from rape” is like a person who plows a hole in the wall instead of going through the door. like great. you’re here. but did you really have to do that. 

… Ok?

But meanwhile in reality women with guns have prevented their own rapes arguably hundreds of thousands of times. I don’t know if you’re trying to say rapists don’t deserve to be shot or what, but if that is what you’re saying I beg to differ. A woman, or anyone for that matter, should be able to do whatever they have to do to prevent their rape or murder, up to and including ending the life of their attacker. In my opinion, rapists don’t deserve the same liberties. If a rapist gets shot while trying to violate someone, they don’t deserve anyone’s sympathy.

July 20, 2014
satans-advocate:

that one time i turned myself into a shark in MS paint

satans-advocate:

that one time i turned myself into a shark in MS paint

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