Making “Perfect” the enemy of the “Good”

politicalprof: So as America endures yet another mass shooting, the inevitable “gosh darn it there’s just nothing we can do today that will make everything better tomorrow” defense of passing no new gun laws is well under way. “Oh,” people say, “we can’t fix America’s mass murder problem instantly, so there’s no point in trying.”Well, …

Chapel Hill shooting: Three young Muslims gunned down in North Carolina family home – Americas – World – The Independent

This is so horrible, and the “parking dispute” such an obvious excuse. Even if the “parking dispute” was what started it, the way the three young people were killed – executed – speaks of such a deep level of contempt that hate as an underlying reason/amplifier is pretty certain. But I assume the media and …

“Shoot Her”: A Philosophical Example, Normalizing Violence Against Women

In describing his theory of speech acts, J.L Austin uses the scenario “Man1 says to Man2 "shoot her”, Man2 then shoots woman" as an example. Feminist philosopher Rae Langton, in an essay expanding upon the speech act concept and Catherine MacKinnon’s argument against pornography, reuses Austin’s example. I’d argue that the example shows how ubiquitous, and comparatively accepted, …

Who stalks and spits in the face of a woman paralyzed by gun violence? Gun extremists do.

(CN: gun violence, misogyny) Longdon is no stranger to such attacks. Last May in her hometown of Phoenix, she helped coordinate a gun buyback program with local police over three weekends. On the first Saturday, a group of men assembled across the street from the church parking lot where Longdon was set up. They shouted …

Misogynistic Gun Extremists Increasingly Harass Women In Favor of Gun Safety.

Via  feministing, I found this Mother Jones report: Ever since the Sandy Hook massacre, a small but vocal faction of the gun rights movement has been targeting women who speak up on the issue—whether to propose tighter regulations, educate about the dangers to children, or simply to sell guns with innovative security features. The vicious …