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and lmao honestly, so many people in the usa own guns, what are you gonna do, go into all of their homes and take them away? per 100 persons in the usa about 112 guns are owned.

NO OTHER NATION COMPARES. you’re straight up not going to get gun control like much stricter nations because our culture literally will not allow for it

we’re already so fucking embedded in it. it’s not going to happen lmao, you’re not going to get guns off the streets in the usa. 

you know the nation with the second highest gun ownership is serbia with 58 guns per 100 persons, you literally cannot compare any other nation in the world to the united states when it comes to guns. 

there is no nation in any way like the usa when it comes to guns. absolutely no nation.

no one owns guns like the people of the united states, thats just a fucking fact. pulling up other nation’s control of guns completely ignores the long standing history of gun consumption and ownership in the usa. its a fucking pipe dream. 

and i’m honestly against it anyway lmao. 

Guns

For every 353K rifles in America, only 1 is used in a murder every year. Liberals want to ban something that is used correctly 99.97% of the time. 

The United States is 3rd in murders throughout the world, but if you do not include Chicago, Detroit, Washington, and New Orleans, the United States drop to 4th from the bottom on the same list. These 4 cities also have the toughest/most restrictive gun laws in the United States. Coincidence?

STRICT GUN LAWS DO NOT STOP GUN VIOLENCE! FIREARM EDUCATION DOES!

(Noisey)

Tracklist:

Antisect “Four Minutes Past Midnight”
Flux Of Pink Indians “Take Heed”
Rudimentary Peni – “Farce ”
The Mob – “Witchhunt”
Honey Bane “Girl On The Run”
The System “Dogs of War”
Discharge – “Decontrol”
The Apostles “Mob Violence”
Zounds – “Can’t Cheat Karma”
The Ex – “The Sky Is Blue Again”
Six Minute War - “Nurses”
Part 1 – “The Corpse”
Sinyx – “Animal”
Dirt – “Unemployment”
Conflict “Berkshire Cunt”
Oi Polloi – “Hands Off Nicaragua”        
Ad Nauseam “Crazy World”
Flux Of Pink Indians – “Neu Smell”
Flux Of Pink Indians – “Tube Disasters”
Crass – “Banned From The Roxy”
Anthrax – “Capitalism Is Cannibalism”
Antisect – “Tortured and Abused”
Discharge – “State Violence, State Control”
Rudimentary Peni – “Rotten The The Core”
Fallout – “Tell Me About It”
Crass “Shaved Women”
Amebix – “Belief”
Exit-stance – “Mankind’s Hand”
Born BC – “Dear Jesus”
Discharge – “Ain’t No Feeble Bastard”
[Martin Wright speaking at 1985 class war rally]
The Apostles – “Pigs For Slaughter”
Oi Polloi – “Lowest Of The Low”
The Rondos – “A Black and White Statement”
The Intestines – “New Recruit”
Fallout – “Democracy”
S-Haters – “Research”
Lack Of Knowledge – “The Uninvited”
Soldiers Of Fortune – “Stars”
The Clefts – “Red White and Blue”
The Ex – “Weapons for El Salvador”
7th Plague – “Rubber Bullets”
Counter Attack – “Don’t Wanna Fight For You”
The Apostles – “Stoke Newington Eight”
Amebix – “Curfew”
Discharge – “Realities of War”
Crass – “Big A Little A”
The Mob “Another Day, Another Death”
Crisis – “Holocaust”
The Mob – “No Does Fly Here”
Poison Girls – “Persons Unknown”

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If you combine the populations of Great Britain, France, Germany, Japan, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark and Australia, you’ll get a population roughly the size of the United States. We had 32,000 gun deaths last year. They had 112. Do you think it’s because Americans are more homicidal by nature? Or do you think it’s because those guys have gun control laws?
—  Toby Ziegler, The West Wing 2.13
Dangerous liaisons of the Dark side kind

The Force Awakens has a tendency to veer between being aggressively obvious and being subtle to the point that certain aspects of it have flown completely over most people’s heads (see the climactic duel for the perfect illustration of this). One aspect of the film that embodies both of these elements is the dynamic between Kylo Ren and Snoke - I’m going to analyse their relationship as it’s presented within the film, with some reference to the script and reasonable inference.

The Kylo Ren and Snoke dynamic is very, very clearly presented as a close antecedent to the relationship between Darth Vader and the Emperor. Their first scene together is, in essence, a remix of key lines and moments from the pivotal scene between Vader and the Emperor in The Empire Strikes Back.* You have exchanges that are obviously designed to parallel each other (”there is a great disturbance in the Force. Have you felt it?”/”I have felt it” and “There’s been an awakening. Have you felt it?”/”Yes.”), a small masked and black-garbed figure gazing up at a looming holographic image aboard a Star Destroyer, and a discussion of parentage (”This boy is the offspring of Anakin Skywalker”/”In the hands of your father, Han Solo”). It isn’t subtle, and it’s not meant to be subtle. 

The subtleties of the relationship between Kylo and Snoke - the details that make it interesting - are mainly concentrated in the mutual distrust and suspicion that characterise it. At the end of their first encounter, Kylo insists that he will “not be seduced” (by the Rey of Light). Snoke appears to take a dim view of Kylo’s self-confidence, replying with “we shall see. We shall see.” In the script, this is followed up with some additional detail that I can only describe as bizarre:

A gentle, satisfied nod from Snoke, and Kylo Ren, obsessed, filled up, exits. Snoke watches him disappear, a grotesque evil SMILE growing – as he DISINTEGRATES – Snoke has been a HOLOGRAM all along.

From that, the implication seems to be that Kylo is fired up by the encounter, more determined than ever to marry himself to the Dark side and please his master. Kylo, though, is far more naive and fragile than he can bear to acknowledge, and I have the impression that Snoke is fully aware of his weakness and is perhaps even perversely entertained by it. In other words, I feel confident in saying that the smile described isn’t one of contentment or satisfaction (n.b. I can’t remember if Snoke smiles at the end of the encounter in the film, so feel free to let me know).

The irony of this, of course, is that Kylo’s weakness for the Light is exposed in the next scene he and Snoke share together - with this being clearly telegraphed by the continued absence of Kylo’s mask. Kylo is visibly humiliated - he was overpowered by an untrained girl and made vulnerable by her (the “compassion” discussion in the novelisation is very interesting in relation to this, but it’s something to discuss separately). Here, Kylo’s failure is no longer a simple prospect - it is a reality, and Snoke is furious with him. His already low expectations have been disappointed. Nonetheless, Snoke is also intrigued by what he hears and he wants to see Rey for himself. Here, you have a notable divergence between Kylo and Snoke. Kylo had shown no intention of taking Rey to Snoke directly, instead begging his master for guidance on extracting the map from her. In other words, Snoke’s plan is quite separate from Kylo’s.

When he faces Han, Kylo is met with his own fears and anxieties as voiced by his father. Han says “Snoke is using you for your power. When he gets what he wants, he’ll crush you – you know it’s true.” And since I can’t share a gif of Adam Driver’s beautifully nuanced performance, I’ll share the relevant line from the script:

Kylo hesitates. Somehow, he does know it.

Note that Kylo makes no attempt to tell his father that he’s wrong. Instead, Kylo can only say “It’s too late” - he knows Han is right, but he believes he has done too much and gone too far to do what his father asks of him. Despite his affirmation that he will not be seduced in his first scene with Snoke, it’s crystal clear that Kylo has doubts in Snoke - just as Snoke has doubts in Kylo - that mount over the course of the film. 

While many people have interpreted Han’s murder as the ultimate sign that Kylo has overcome his inner conflict and fully committed to Snoke and the Dark side, that conclusion only works alongside the most superficial reading of the film. Kylo is an emotional wreck following Han’s death, more conflicted and wretched than he ever was previously. Most crucially, in the film’s climax Kylo is shown to be acting as an agent of his own emotions rather than the servant of Snoke - his master goes unmentioned and unacknowledged, and Kylo’s dialogue to Rey makes this overt (”It’s just us now!”/”I can show you the ways of the Force.”) The very end of his arc in The Force Awakens shows him acting for independent and selfish reasons, driven by his obsession with Rey and his intense, raging hatred of Finn. Snoke’s influence is striking only in its absence.

And this, of course, is what makes Kylo so dangerous. Whereas Vader consistently positioned himself as a loyal servant of the Emperor, bowing to him, calling him “master” and loyally following his commands (up until a certain change of heart, of course), Kylo is ultimately interested in his own agenda and his own emotions and desires. You can see this in his behaviour with him - Kylo never calls Snoke “master” and never bows to him. With Snoke, he never adopts an aspect that suggests subservience (this is especially interesting when you appreciate that he does adopt a subservient stance with Rey, crouching in the shadows as he gazes up at her light in the interrogation room).

It’s worth considering why this is. When Vader joins the Emperor in the form that we’re most familiar with (black mask, cloak, wheezing, etc.), he is a husk of a man - half of his body is missing, the rest of it a scarred mass of ruined flesh. Padme -  the woman he loved enough to kill for - is dead (he believes) by his own hand. He also thinks that his unborn child died with her. Vader has no independent purpose left at the end of Revenge of the Sith, so is in a position where he is willing to entirely give himself over to the Emperor and his cause. Kylo, however, was a boy enticed to the Dark side by promises of power and personal fulfilment. He still has a family, a healthy body and wishes and desires of his own - in other words, he has far more compelling reasons to doubt and distrust Snoke than Vader ever did to mistrust the Emperor. The dependence between Vader and the Emperor was actual, in large part connected to Vader’s physical ruin and emotional desolation, whereas the dependence between Kylo Ren and Snoke is essentially a false and tenuous construct. 

The relationship was forged in Kylo’s youth - potentially when he was a young child - and I think the dependence Snoke successfully fostered in his apprentice is becoming steadily more fragile as Kylo grows and develop. Snoke has been trying to keep Kylo frozen in a state of perpetual adolescence - a state characterised by indulgence, violence and careful control - but that attempt is shown to have ended in failure by the end of The Force Awakens. One chapter of Kylo’s life has closed with the end of the film, but another is beginning - by continuing his training Snoke is clearly preparing to adopt new tactics with his apprentice, and it will be most interesting to see what those tactics are.

* Since it’s locked in as canon, I’m using the special edition version of the scene for this (there are key differences in the dialogue).

I know a lot of people think that just because the right to bare arms is an amendment here in the US, everybody should have guns and it would unconstitutional to think otherwise, but with all these shootings, I keep leaning on the side of no guns for the US.

I’m sorry, but people simply cannot be trusted in these recent days. I’m not comfortable in my own school anymore, and there’s been talk of shootings every day for a couple years not. It’s depressing and a little scary.

This House Majority has created committees to bully Planned Parenthood and harass a presidential candidate, all the while allowing mass gun violence to go unchecked and unexamined on their watch.

There have been nearly 280 mass shootings since Newtown and Congress has done nothing. No votes have been cast. No bills have been debated. No proposals have even been considered. This Select Committee can change that.
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Men Kill Women in the U.S. So Often that It’s Usually Not Even Newsworthy
Hearing that some man's entitled attitude toward women led him to kill is so common that it hardly counts as newsworthy. We don't know exactly why Houser shot up a theater that was showing a movie written by an unapologetic feminist, but this moment should still be a wake-up call about the problem of misogynist violence in our culture. If we're not going to talk about gun control, then let's talk about how to get fewer men to see guns as the solution to their inchoate rage at women.
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