So Much For The Better Off Unarmed Argument: CCW-Holder Takes Down Mass Shooter
Just one case, so I'm kind of cheating.
Imagine a hand palming a human face forever
Comradeship of Cock? Gay Porn and the Entrepreneurial Voyeurwith Stephen Maddison July 14, 2016. 6.30-8.30pm
Open School EastThe Rose Lipman Building43 De Beauvoir RoadLondon N1 5SQ
Thirty years of academic and critical scholarship on the subject of gay porn have produced one striking consensus, which is that gay cultures are especially ‘pornified': porn has arguably offered gay men not only homoerotic visibility, but a heritage culture and a radical aesthetic. At the level of politics and cultural dissent, what’s ‘gay’ about gay porn now? This paper will explore whether processes of legal and social liberalization, and the emergence of networked and digital cultures, have foreclosed or expanded the apparently liberationary opportunities of gay porn.
This is the final seminar in the Radical Cultural Studies series supported by Rowman & Littlefield International. The seminar is free. The Rose Lipman building is fully wheelchair accessible
Dr Debra Benita ShawYup.
Reader in Cultural Theory
Co-director, Centre for Cultural Studies Research
Editor, Radical Cultural Studies
School of Arts & Digital Industries,
University of East London
1-4 University Way
LONDON E16 2RD
[The gun shop owner] loves the AR-15 for cops, soldiers, hunters and target shooters. “It’s fun to shoot something like that,” he said.
Not in my hands. I’ve shot pistols before, but never something like an AR-15. Squeeze lightly on the trigger and the resulting explosion of firepower is humbling and deafening (even with ear protection).
The recoil bruised my shoulder. The brass shell casings disoriented me as they flew past my face. The smell of sulfur and destruction made me sick. The explosions — loud like a bomb — gave me a temporary case of PTSD. For at least an hour after firing the gun just a few times, I was anxious and irritable.
Even in semi-automatic mode, it is very simple to squeeze off two dozen rounds before you even know what has happened. In fully automatic mode, it doesn’t take any imagination to see dozens of bodies falling in front of your barrel.
It's possible to swap magazines quickly. In fact, it's possible to swap magazines so quickly that it basically doesn't open up a significant window for potential victims to fight back. So mass shootings don't give us a reason to limit magazine size.Call this the Mag Size Doesn't Matter argument.
Today, nearly half of a random sample of roughly 3,000 college students surveyed by Gallup earlier this year are supportive of restrictions on certain forms of free speech on campus, and 69 percent support disciplinary action against either students or faculty members who use intentionally offensive language or commit “microagressions”—speech they deem racist, sexist, or homophobic. According to a free-speech survey conducted by Yale last year, of those who knew what trigger warnings are, 63 percent would favor their professors using them—by attaching advisories to the books on their reading lists that might offend or disrespect some students, for example—while only 23 percent would oppose. Counterintuitively, liberal students are more likely than conservative students to say the First Amendment is outdated.There's a really interesting link in there to this: Robert K. Merton, "Insiders and Outsiders: A Chapter In The Sociology Of Knowledge." Now...when I think about the sociology of (widespread) belief (incorrectly called "the sociology of knowledge" by its practitioners) I usually think about the train wreck that is the "strong programme," as represented e.g. by Barnes and Bloor. But I'm fairly far into the Merton piece thus far, and it's pretty interesting. He's basically discussing what's come to be known among feminists as "standpoint epistemology." That's a train wreck of its own...but anyway, Merton's discussion is interesting as far as I've gotten.
A social organism of any sort whatever, large or small, is what it is because each member proceeds to his own duty with a trust that the other members will simultaneously do theirs. Wherever a desired result is achieved by the co-operation of many independent persons, its existence as a fact is a pure consequence of the precursive faith in one another of those immediately concerned. A government, an army, a commercial system, a ship, a college, an athletic team, all exist on this condition, without which not only is nothing achieved, but nothing is even attempted. A whole train of passengers (individually brave enough) will be looted by a few highwaymen, simply because the latter can count on one another, while each passenger fears that if he makes a movement of resistance, he will be shot before any one else backs him up. If we believed that theJames, The Will To Believe
whole car-full would rise at once with us, we should each severally rise, and train-robbing would never even be attempted. There are, then, cases where a fact cannot come at all unless a preliminary faith exists in its coming. And where faith in a fact can help create the fact, that would be an insane logic which should say that faith running ahead of scientific evidence is the 'lowest kind of immorality' into which a thinking being can fall. Yet such is the logic by which our scientific absolutists pretend to regulate our lives!