And the Best Twitter Thread of the Week Goes to … the Chicago Police Department!

Tweets from the Chicago Police Department don't usually have me in stitches, but twitter users' responses to a tweet CPD posted on a recent gun confiscation had me on the floor. The CPD posted a picture of what appear to be two antique guns and two bags of marijuana with the text "Great intel lead to a positive search warrant for the 1063 team in the 10th District. Weapons and drugs recovered." Twitter users who saw the tweet were not impressed---and they let the CPD know in styl … [Read more...]


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Why Is the NRA Ignoring This 14-Year-Old Girl Jailed for Shooting Her Abusive Father?

So, guns. Gun rights advocates argue that protecting private gun ownership is important, because it is important to ensure that private citizens are able to protect themselves against threats. Except---wait a minute---what's that? A 14-year-old girl is behind bars, facing aggravated murder charges for killing her father, but her family says she did it to protect her mother and her family. Huh. Maybe there's more to the story? With tears flowing down her face, Brandi Meadows told the Fox 8 … [Read more...]


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Is the Second Amendment Only for White People?

Growing up, I attended NRA Youth Day shooting events. My family didn't hunt, but the Second Amendment was very important to my conservative father. I never cared much for guns personally, but I did share my father's conservative gun rights rhetoric. What I didn't realize at the time is that gun rights are affected, in some sense, by race. I assumed every American had the right to keep and bear arms, and didn't see the ways in which gun ownership can be a risky proposition for people of color. W … [Read more...]


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Oregon Refuge Children Hid the Guns before Running

Have a look at the beginning of this article, from last week: Last Friday, as soon as their mother climbed in the shower, five Sharp children bolted down the driveway of their Auburn, Kan., home.Before they left, according to testimony in a Wednesday hearing, they took the guns out of a cubbyhole in the house and stashed them at the end of the drive. Then they got a ride from a neighbor to the Shawnee County sheriff’s office in Topeka.And on Wednesday — three months after making head … [Read more...]


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Jerry Falwell, Jr., Is Flat Wrong on Gun Violence

As quoted in the Atlantic: At Liberty’s convocation service on Friday, the school president, Jerry Falwell Jr., responded to the San Bernardino shooting, saying, “If more good people had concealed-carry permits, then we could end those Muslims before they walked in and killed them.” He encouraged students to enroll in the university’s gratis certification course and said he was carrying a weapon “in my back pocket right now.” He concluded by saying, “Let’s teach them a lesson if they ever show u … [Read more...]


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The Intersection of Guns, Gender, and Violence

The Sandy Hook shooting has brought guns into the spotlight once again, and as I've read about this issue in the blogs I follow I've been fascinated by the different ways in which gender has been brought into this discussion. I'm going to offer some quotations from several of these articles, along with a bit of commentary.First, Sam Harris responded to Sandy Hook by arguing that the answer is more guns, not fewer. His argument, which was covered by fellow Patheos blogger Hemant Mehta, was … [Read more...]


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A Few More Thoughts about Guns

In the wake of the Newton shooting, it seems like everyone is talking about guns, whether that be suggesting that we need better gun control laws or arguing against that idea. Here are a few thoughts I've been having as I watch these discussions play out:1. Yes, People Kill People, But...I have been hearing the "guns don't kill people, people kill people" argument a lot lately. And you know what? I grew up hearing it too. I grew up in a very pro-gun family, then kind where the kids go to … [Read more...]


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