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Last year, in total, British police officers actually fired their weapons three times. The number of people fatally shot was zero. In 2012 the figure was just one. Even after adjusting for the smaller size of Britain’s population, British citizens are around 100 times less likely to be shot by a police officer than Americans. Between 2010 and 2014 the police force of one small American city, Albuquerque in New Mexico, shot and killed 23 civilians; seven times more than the number of Brits killed by all of England and Wales’s 43 forces during the same period.

The explanation for this gap is simple. In Britain, guns are rare. Only specialist firearms officers carry them; and criminals rarely have access to them. The last time a British police officer was killed by a firearm on duty was in 2012, in a brutal case in Manchester. The annual number of murders by shooting is typically less than 50. Police shootings are enormously controversial. The shooting of Mark Duggan, a known gangster, which in 2011 started riots across London, led to a fiercely debated inquest. Last month, a police officer was charged with murder over a shooting in 2005. The reputation of the Metropolitan Police’s armed officers is still barely recovering from the fatal shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes, an innocent Brazilian, in the wake of the 7/7 terrorist bombings in London.

In America, by contrast, it is hardly surprising that cops resort to their weapons more frequently. In 2013, 30 cops were shot and killed—just a fraction of the 9,000 or so murders using guns that happen each year. Add to that a hyper-militarised police culture and a deep history of racial strife and you have the reason why so many civilians are shot by police officers. Unless America can either reduce its colossal gun ownership rates or fix its deep social problems, shootings of civilians by police—justified or not—seem sure to continue.

dirigibleflying:

thebluelip-blondie:

koercion:

A Washington Post reporter.

In America.

fucking christ…

jesus those last three

queefahantas:

musingsofanawkwardblackgirl:

childrenmilk:

kuuderekitten:

givenchybackpack:

might be the rawest pic I ever seen. and he got a bag of chips in his hand

THIS IS SO FUCKING METAL

With his dreads and his american flag shirt, this is everything

You are everything, fucking everything.

@

monicalewinskys:

Janelle Monae tweeted some of her lyrics earlier today and they were relevant as FUCK (8/14/14)

zerotide:

mr-cappadocia:

No one else finds this AT ALL disconcerting? Not even a little bit?

Here’s why there is no media coverage, folks: because the media literally can’t get in there.

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thefrogman:

In the wake of her father’s death, some very cruel people sent disturbing messages to zeldawilliams. I found out that she is trying to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Hospital—a charity both her and her father have supported for a long time.

I thought maybe it would be a nice gesture if we could send some love her way and also help some kids in the process. I think that would be a fitting tribute and it might counter the internet awfulness she had to endure. 

DONATE HERE!

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kellysue:

rainbowclutter:

These are the victims of the May 23, 2014 Isla Vista, CA killings. They’ll receive too little face time for their loss.

They’re babies. 

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theonion:

‘No Way To Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens

"…echoing sentiments expressed by tens of millions of individuals who reside in a nation where over half of the world’s deadliest mass shootings have occurred in the past 50 years and whose citizens are 20 times more likely to die of gun violence than those of other developed nations."

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[Redacted UCSB shooter]’s Internet History Reveals Something More Sinister Than Just Misogyny

Remember that while 4 of his victims were men, THREE of those men were Asian. That is not a coincidence. 

[Also: I’ve redacted the shooter’s name here. There is research to suggest that the more a shooter’s name and photo are shown, the higher the risk of copycat killers are. So, yeah.]

(via stormwise)

Sorry to keep reblogging about this but there’s been some A+ commentary, and this is a new angle on the story to me. My first boyfriend was Thai. He was sweet and smart, and it makes me deeply sad to think of him having to live his life wading through this bullshit, or even dying because of it.

kellysue:

equalitism:

The relationship between this week’s mass shooting and misogyny in tech, by Arthur Chu. HIGHLY recommended reading.

via Anil

The stories we tell ourselves matter. 

elara:

frogtype:

sickomobb:

historic-upstart:

Women don’t get to exist. Women don’t get to say no.

this is why yall need to quit the nice guy act

hes a self proclaimed Men’s Rights Activist too lmao http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/05/24/1301671/-Elliot-Roger-Gunman-in-California-Mass-Shooting-was-influenced-by-the-Men-s-Rights-Movement

here’s his twitter

@elliotrodgergod

Jesus Christ.

buckyybae:

i did not realize i was following this many europeans: an autobiography by every american on tumblr today

wearethestories:

This is pretty incredible.

Art as resistance to Christian privilege?

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Popular Satanism is just Ayn Rand’s Objectivism. 

Which is what almost literally what Anton LaVey and his followers have said:

"Since the Satanist understands that all Gods are fiction, instead of bending a knee in worship to—or seeking friendship or unity with—such mythical entities, he places himself at the center of his own subjective universe as his own highest value." (x)

THIS, on the other hand, is just secular humanism claiming the name of Satan in order to be ironic (?):

"There are seven fundamental tenets.

1. One should strive to act with compassion and empathy towards all creatures in accordance with reason.

2. The struggle for justice is an ongoing and necessary pursuit that should prevail over laws and institutions.

3. One’s body is inviolable, subject to one’s own will alone.

4. The freedoms of others should be respected, including the freedom to offend. To willfully and unjustly encroach upon the freedoms of another is to forego your own.

5. Beliefs should conform to our best scientific understanding of the world. We should take care never to distort scientific facts to fit our beliefs.

6. People are fallible. If we make a mistake, we should do our best to rectify it and resolve any harm that may have been caused.

7. Every tenet is a guiding principle designed to inspire nobility in action and thought. The spirit of compassion, wisdom, and justice should always prevail over the written or spoken word.” (x)

I try to remain open minded about religions (and usually succeed because they’re so freaking interesting) but, man, LaVey’s bullshit always rubbed me the wrong way. I identified as Pagan at a young age so people would occasionally hassle me about being a Satanist and it made me so. mad. because it was like… the opposite of everything I believe and everything I’d read about Wicca, Hellenic Paganism and pretty every other Neo-Pagan sect. Aaaand now that you say it’s basically a repackaged Randian philosophy that makes so much sense. Epiphany! I will always love The Fountainhead as a piece of literature though.

This article is pretty interesting, as one would expect/hope from Vice.