Comments for Historiann http://www.historiann.com History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present Sat, 30 Aug 2014 17:55:24 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Comment on We U.S. Americans are now beyond parody: guns, race, gender, and parenthood, ca. 2014 by Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2014/08/29/we-u-s-americans-are-now-beyond-parody-guns-race-gender-and-parenthood-ca-2014/comment-page-1/#comment-2426306 Sat, 30 Aug 2014 17:55:24 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=23140#comment-2426306 I’ve got the comments shut down on posts more than 7 days old, but I’m not moderating the comments on current posts any differently. My admin switched servers recently & we’re learning how to get everything to talk to each other properly, hence the extra spam on the side around here. I hope we’ll get this tamed soon! Sorry for any inconvenience.

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Comment on We U.S. Americans are now beyond parody: guns, race, gender, and parenthood, ca. 2014 by Contingent Cassandra http://www.historiann.com/2014/08/29/we-u-s-americans-are-now-beyond-parody-guns-race-gender-and-parenthood-ca-2014/comment-page-1/#comment-2426285 Sat, 30 Aug 2014 17:19:56 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=23140#comment-2426285 Maintenance reply: I got the “comment awaiting moderation” notice both times I commented on this thread. I assumed that you’d decided to moderate comments on a controversial topic. I don’t think anything is different on my end from other times I’ve commented.

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Comment on We U.S. Americans are now beyond parody: guns, race, gender, and parenthood, ca. 2014 by Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2014/08/29/we-u-s-americans-are-now-beyond-parody-guns-race-gender-and-parenthood-ca-2014/comment-page-1/#comment-2426239 Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:00:14 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=23140#comment-2426239 Off-topic blog maintenance note: Susan, CC, and truffula’s latest comments all got caught in my SPAM filter, so my apologies if it looked like your comments didn’t get posted. I’ll try to keep on top of this.

Susan: I guess this is just the state of the news business these days, but the LA Times sure seems substantial compared to the Denver Post, which is all wire stories and AP bylines with very little original reporting outside of their local news section.

truffula–thanks for the link. Maybe emigration to Australia is something to consider, too.

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Comment on We U.S. Americans are now beyond parody: guns, race, gender, and parenthood, ca. 2014 by Susan http://www.historiann.com/2014/08/29/we-u-s-americans-are-now-beyond-parody-guns-race-gender-and-parenthood-ca-2014/comment-page-1/#comment-2426159 Sat, 30 Aug 2014 13:58:11 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=23140#comment-2426159 Just a snarky note that the LA Times dis- invested in news a decade ago, so really isn’t a great paper any more. They wouldn’t have needed to go to Chicago to find parents whose children’s lives are shaped by guns; they could go to South Central LA.

I think what stunned me is that there are a bunch of tour companies which will take you from Las Vegas to these shooting ranges. So this isn’t some weird isolated outing, neither the shooting gallery nor the tour company thought a 9 year old was too young. Geez.

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Comment on We U.S. Americans are now beyond parody: guns, race, gender, and parenthood, ca. 2014 by Contingent Cassandra http://www.historiann.com/2014/08/29/we-u-s-americans-are-now-beyond-parody-guns-race-gender-and-parenthood-ca-2014/comment-page-1/#comment-2426150 Sat, 30 Aug 2014 13:43:19 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=23140#comment-2426150 @truffula: the targets at the Machine Guns Vegas range (third picture down) are fascinating in themselves. I can’t see them all that clearly, but I think they include a white(?) thuggish-appearing male with a machine gun (or similar weapon), a black (?) guy holding but not pointing at least one weapon (making his bare chest an easy target), a man with a beard, turban, and gun (intended to portray a moslem terrorist, I suspect), and an entwined male and under/partially-dressed bosomy female that I suspect is meant to be a depiction of assault/domestic violence. Someone shooting at one of those targets at that range is being given a chance not just to shoot a particular kind of gun, but also to participate in (and choose among) a variety of scenarios where shooting is supposedly justified/necessary.

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Comment on We U.S. Americans are now beyond parody: guns, race, gender, and parenthood, ca. 2014 by truffula http://www.historiann.com/2014/08/29/we-u-s-americans-are-now-beyond-parody-guns-race-gender-and-parenthood-ca-2014/comment-page-1/#comment-2425831 Sat, 30 Aug 2014 04:24:25 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=23140#comment-2425831 The whole thing makes me feel sick. The dissonance between rich US-Americans on gun fetish holidays and desperate mothers and children fleeing gun (and drug) violence in Central America is just too much for me to stomach.

Here is how US gun tourism is reported down under.

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Comment on We U.S. Americans are now beyond parody: guns, race, gender, and parenthood, ca. 2014 by Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2014/08/29/we-u-s-americans-are-now-beyond-parody-guns-race-gender-and-parenthood-ca-2014/comment-page-1/#comment-2425818 Sat, 30 Aug 2014 03:06:06 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=23140#comment-2425818 I don’t know if it will happen in your lifetime. I’m not even sure it will happen in my lifetime (I’m 46). But I know as a historian that things change, and I’m hoping that they’ll tend to change in the direction of increasing safety and common sense.

But that part is just a hope, not knowledge or confidence.

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Comment on We U.S. Americans are now beyond parody: guns, race, gender, and parenthood, ca. 2014 by JohnR http://www.historiann.com/2014/08/29/we-u-s-americans-are-now-beyond-parody-guns-race-gender-and-parenthood-ca-2014/comment-page-1/#comment-2425814 Sat, 30 Aug 2014 02:49:30 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=23140#comment-2425814 I do hope you are right, but what makes you think that this will ever change? Being a senior citizen, I have no hope of it happening in my lifetime

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Comment on We U.S. Americans are now beyond parody: guns, race, gender, and parenthood, ca. 2014 by Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2014/08/29/we-u-s-americans-are-now-beyond-parody-guns-race-gender-and-parenthood-ca-2014/comment-page-1/#comment-2425798 Sat, 30 Aug 2014 02:00:47 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=23140#comment-2425798 Contingent Cassandra, I think you’re right about the inability of people to assess potentially dangerous situations accurately. We know this based on the way we know sexual abuse works, but we still continue to fear strangers and trust family members & the clergy, don’t we?

We’d all be SO much better off reading Jane Jacobs’s The Death and Life of Great American Cities, eh? I remember reading that book in college and thinking that it just made sense: cityscapes with people around at all hours of the day and night are safer than urban spaces that are devoid of other human beings.

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Comment on We U.S. Americans are now beyond parody: guns, race, gender, and parenthood, ca. 2014 by Contingent Cassandra http://www.historiann.com/2014/08/29/we-u-s-americans-are-now-beyond-parody-guns-race-gender-and-parenthood-ca-2014/comment-page-1/#comment-2425761 Fri, 29 Aug 2014 23:30:51 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=23140#comment-2425761 Nuts. Just nuts.

Somewhere I think there’s a logical (or rather illogical) connection between the two stories: something about a misplaced sense of where both danger and protection come from. Heaven forfend one would consider the majority of one’s fellow citizens as potential sources of safety and support should the need arise rather than likely sources of danger.

I haven’t read much of the coverage, but my sense has been that women are being encouraged to learn to shoot because they’re seen as especially in need of protection. Ideally, a “good guy with a gun” would do the job himself, but, if he can’t be around, then the next best thing is for him to provide the little lady with a gun, and make sure she knows how to use it against any “bad guy” (with or without gun) who shows up. I suppose that, with this (il)logic, one could even argue that girls need to learn to shoot before they reach puberty, and so become potential targets for a wider variety of bad guys.

But, given the NRA’s insistence on and pride in teaching gun safety (which I had thought, up until now, had some basis in reality), handing a weapon to a child too small to handle it, regardless of the child’s gender, is, well, just nuts.

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