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Living in the United States is seeing a tweet from someone who survived being shot and the first comment underneath is asking him why more people didn't start shooting, you know, to keep everyone safe.
"I notice you and the other shooting victims did not pull out your own guns and shoot the shooter. Why not?"
I realize this may seem like a stretch to some, but I can't help but connect this to the police murder of Donna Dalton, a woman who did try to protect herself in a violent situation, and the highest likelihood is we'll see that murder justified and unpunished.
There's this rhetoric of violent self-defense as a good, and even an imperative, but when anyone actually tries to violently self defend against someone with more social capital, all bets are off.
This idea that victims of crime are in the wrong for not protecting themselves with weapons sits comfortably alongside all the #SurvivedAndPunished people in prison. No matter what, the victim is at fault.
It's as though angry men with guns are the weather or something, and the rest of us should have thought to bring a raincoat.

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Pssst, German Jews were also normal Germans before their fellow citizens turned on them and maybe we could stand to think about that a little more.
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