Friday Morning Open Thread: Compare & Contrast

Seared by memories of seeing their friends murdered at a place they believed to be safe, these young leaders don’t intimidate easily. They see the NRA and its allies—whether mealymouthed politicians or mendacious commentators peddling conspiracy theories—as mere shills for those who make money selling weapons of war to whoever can pay. They’re as comfortable speaking truth to power as they are dismissive of platitudes and punditry. And they live to mobilize their peers.

Already, they’ve had some success persuading statehouses and some of the biggest gun retailers to change. Now it gets harder. A Republican Congress remains unmoved. NRA scare tactics still sway much of the country. Progress will be slow and frustrating.

But by bearing witness to carnage, by asking tough questions and demanding real answers, the Parkland students are shaking us out of our complacency. The NRA’s favored candidates are starting to fear they might lose. Law-abiding gun owners are starting to speak out. As these young leaders make common cause with African Americans and Latinos—the disproportionate victims of gun violence—and reach voting age, the possibilities of meaningful change will steadily grow…


(I have a post about the leak of the Comey memos scheduled for 8am EDT, if you wanna get coffee & breakfast before reading.)

Excellent Read: “The YouTube shooter fits the most important narrative of all”

Something to take the taste of wingnut stupidity out of our metaphorical mouths. Molly Roberts, at the Washington Post:

Few would have guessed the next shooting to make national news would be carried out by a female animal-rights activist enraged at YouTube for demonetizing her fitness videos. And because YouTube shooter Nasim Najafi Aghdam doesn’t fit into the familiar narratives of the gun epidemic, those on the right have taken to Twitter to create narratives of their own…

The fact that Aghdam doesn’t match the common profile of a shooter who captures this much media attention underscores the one thing that does unite every instance of gun violence: guns.

Aghdam stirred such a frenzy in part because she chose to attack one of the highest-profile workplaces in the country. But the FBI counts 220 “active shooter” events between 2000 and 2016; stories similar to this one simply don’t often inspire such feverish coverage or conspiracizing….

Visualize a society where “Whew, just another workplace shooting / domestic-violence situation!” would seem as barbaric as nonchalant historical notes like “This week’s public hanging drew a fair crowd” or “Souvenirs from the latest lynching are now being circulated”…

Open Thread: Graphically Against Gunhumpers

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Weasel Word of the Day: “Misspeak”

CNN panelist, failed presidential candidate and aspiring Handmaid’s Tale villain Rick Santorum said something monumentally stupid about the March for Our Lives this weekend:

That was a dumb fucking thing to say, as thousands (if not millions) of people pointed out. If someone is bleeding out from gunshot wounds, CPR isn’t helpful. This morning, Ol’ Froth & Fecal walked it back — sorta:

No, he didn’t “misspeak.” “Misspeaking” would be accidentally ordering a burrito when you meant to say “taco” or asking for a wrench when you need a screwdriver.

What Santorum did was say something dumb and indefensible. Instead of lamely walking it back with a weasel word, he should resign from the CNN panel, take up knitting with a specialty in seat covers and then have all the fucking seats.

Open thread!

March for Our Lives: Reader Photos (Open Thread)

Like a sunrise after a long night, yesterday’s march gave me renewed strength for the fight ahead. I’ll keep in it my heart even as Stormy Daniels blows the media away or whatever kookery Trump gets up to resets the news cycle.

Judging from the vitriol aimed at the high school shooting survivors on Twitter and other dank corners of social media, the gun-humpers are running scared. I hate that the kids are being harassed and disparaged by the type of scumbags who would threaten or mock traumatized children, but the desperation of the harassers is a good sign.

The sunrise photo above was taken by valued commenter Schlemazel in Minnesota prior to the local march. There are tons of photos below the fold — more from Schlemazel, plus photos from PaulW in Lakeland, FL; Humboldt in Humboldt Co., CA; Central Planning in Rochester, NY; Hellbastard in Moscow, ID; and Arrieve in NYC. Enjoy! Read more