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October 12, 2016

As the NRA candidate destroys the GOP, we must never forget, it could have been America.

It seems to me that by nominating the NRA's candidate, the GOP has insured that many of the worse aspects of gun culture would be unleashed and put on display in broad daylight.

But America's gun culture is not ready for prime time. Way too creepy for that.

It seems that everything that the NRA's candidate touches dies.

We must never forget how close the NRA brought us to the precipice of a racist, xenophobic, misogynistic dictatorship in this election.

That is the NRA's vision for America.

What the NRA's candidate is doing to the GOP right now is what the NRA intended to do to America by his nomination.

October 12, 2016

Note To Trump: Like Gun Violence, Misogyny Is Deadly

Shannon Watts
Founder, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

Surely no one missed the shot heard round the world on Friday: demeaning and abusive comments about women by Donald Trump, the Republican candidate for president.

But you may have missed an important response by Richard Martinez, whose son was killed in the shooting near UC Santa Barbara in 2014. Prior to the shooting, the gunman videotaped a misogynist manifesto blaming his actions on being sexually rejected by women.

Martinez wrote, "My son was shot and killed by someone who was motivated in large part by misogyny - the same thinking we see from Donald Trump. This isn't just 'locker room talk.' It's dangerous and has real consequences."

Sadly, the mindset of the UC Santa Barbara shooter is not far removed from the disgusting and dangerous statements by Trump, which were also made in reference to a woman who rejected his sexual advances.

And the consequences of this violent mindset are grave.


October 11, 2016

Gerrymandering helped Republicans take control of Congress, now it's tearing them apart over Trump

Gerrymandering helped Republicans take control of Congress, but now it's tearing them apart over Trump

Across the country, Republicans in contested races face a terrible bind: They have to run from Donald Trump to hold onto swing votes, even if that angers some core supporters.

But in secure, heavily conservative GOP districts, Republicans face the opposite pressure: to cleave fast to Trump, who remains popular despite statements that have alienated many voters.

The crisis sparked by the Trump campaign has split the Republican Party in two, and ironically, the gerrymandering of districts that helped build the GOP congressional majority is now working to make that fracture worse.

The division of interests between Republicans who represent solidly conservative districts and those who represent swing areas — or senators who must run statewide — has seldom been more stark.



October 11, 2016

Did the NRA candidate seem a little stalkerish at the debate?

He certainly did to me.

Why is gun culture so creepy?

September 20, 2016

The American Academy of Religion (AAR) is deeply concerned about Campus Carry

We've all seen just how volatile and controversial discussions of religion can be here in this forum.

I can't imagine what it would be like to carry on such heated discussions in an armed environment.

I have to agree with the concerns of the American Academy of Religion, here.

statements by departments, students and professional organizations:

The Board of the American Academy of Religion

November 8, 2015 GunFreeUT

The American Academy of Religion (AAR) is deeply concerned about the impact of Texas¹s new Campus Carry law as it relates to Texas universities.

The law, which was passed earlier this year, will take effect in 2016. It allows licensed handgun owners to bring concealed handguns into buildings, including classrooms, on Texas campuses. The law gives public universities some discretion to regulate campus carry but stipulates such regulations may not “generally prohibit” or “have the effect of generally prohibiting” those licensed from carrying concealed handguns.

The AAR believes that maintaining safe environments for free inquiry is vitally important to every classroom in higher education. As scholars of religion, we are especially sensitive to classroom security. The critical study of religion can be unsettling and uncomfortable: it often questions closely held beliefs and probes religious convictions.

The AAR believes that the Campus Carry law and similar laws in other states will compromise the safety of the spaces in which we teach, introduce new threats to college campuses, and result in harmful effects on students, professors, and the free expression of ideas. The AAR urges university leaders to consider classroom restrictions on campus carry to protect physical safety and safeguard academic freedom.

September 20, 2016

Bullet casings found on campus with anti-campus carry sign defaced

Source: The Daily Texan

Three bullet casings have been found around campus, according to Patricia Roberts-Miller, a professor in the rhetoric and writing department.


Casey Boyle, a rhetoric and writing professor, posted pictures of one of the bullets found by a staff member on Twitter on Friday. A note in the bullet said “Triggered?”

The pictures Boyle posted also showed a Gun Free UT sign near the bullet defaced with the words “In the land of the pigs, the butcher is king. Oink… Oink… Oink.”


“We have said all along that campus carry will lead to accidental gun discharges and the use of lethal weapons to try to intimidate people,” said Stephen Wechsler, a linguistics professor and Gun Free UT member, in an email. “Now a gun owner is making the second point by leaving a gun shell casing and a threatening note outside the offices of our members. This illustrates the primary function of lethal weapons in America: to settle arguments through violence or the threat of violence. Unfortunately, those who tried to reassure everyone that campus carry will make no difference are being proven wrong.“


Read more: http://www.dailytexanonline.com/2016/09/20/bullet-casings-found-on-campus-with-anti-campus-carry-sign-defaced

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