Okay, so: about five months ago, according to the Tumblr timestamp — which, of course, was not long after the Sandy Hook massacre — I reblogged something that ended up on my followers-list (at least, I think it did; I honestly don’t remember). It was a three or four picture gifset of an articulate young black man advocating for the right of people to bear arms, I think for personal protection. Anyway, my temper was running high — I was still getting pretty emotional in the wake of Sandy Hook and other, similar disasters — and I dashed off a terse response. Anyway, it looks like the OP saw this, and I didn’t know anything about it (this being back when Tumblr noted such things but you had to dig really hard to notice them.)
And because I was egotistically googling my blog’s name tonight, it popped up. And the thing is, I am emotionally affected enough by this five month old post that I’m gonna respond, even though the original pictures seem to have disappeared at some point.
onionhighonionandrenownreblogged your photoset:spread far and wideIt is the law. And as long as you obey the law, I can do nothing about your owning a dangerous weapon. But I don’t believe it should be the law.
Okay, then don’t own one. That’s the whole point.
Well, I don’t, of course. But I also think gun ownership should be restricted. Very, very restricted. I mean, this is the heart of our disagreement here.
You do not need a gun.
You don’t know that at all. There are plenty of people who do need guns for personal protection. That’s really not your decision to make.
Actually… no. I don’t believe people DO need guns for “personal protection.” That is nonsense. I’ve lived in Australia (personal history note: I’m an American, I grew up in America, I lived there until I was twenty-eight, then moved to Australia because my wife’s from here) for years now, and Aussie gun-control laws are stringent as hell; trust me, if you were to tell an Australian man that he cannot protect himself without a gun, he will laugh in your face.
And, should my side of the argument prevail (pretty much an impossibilty, given the way things are in the U.S.), you won’t have one.
How hilariously absurd that in your perfect world you would want to use guns to keep peaceful people from owning guns.
….wow. I honestly don’t know if that’s an intentional misreading of what I wrote, or that I was guilty of communicating really, really badly. I’m going to guess it’s the latter.
In my “perfect world,” eltigrechico:, I would never use guns to prevent people from doing anything. I actually hate guns, and I hate that they’re necessary at all. I certainly wasn’t threatening… what? An armed campaign against all people who’d want to own a gun? Is that what you thought I meant?
Honestly, if I were the Emperor of the United States (I am not related to the Emperor Norton, but I understand he was a really great emperor), gun control laws would break down like this:
Wonderful! Then you may have a gun! Everyone else can bloody well get by without a mechanical death-dealing aid.
(The irony of all this is, of course, that I love fencing and have noodled with swords and other bladed weapons for over two decades now. If we were having this conversation about swords, daggers, axes, and so forth I imagine we wouldn’t be arguing at all.
Shoni and Jude Schimmel: Why they kick ass
- Shoni and Jude Schimmel are are indispensable members for The Louisville Cardinal women’s basketball team, and are also tribal members of the Confederated Tribe of Umatilla Indians. They are also the only American Indians to ever play in a NCAA Division 1 basketball title game.
- When she was a junior in high school, Shoni was the subject of a documentary entitled Off the Rez, as she attempted to become the first from her reservation to gain an athletic scholarship. she succeeded, and her sister followed in her footsteps, even winning the Elite 89 award earlier in the tournament, a distinction given to the top student-athlete participating at each NCAA championship site.
- They’ve become inspirations to thousands around the country, while only three years ago Shoni and Jude were budding superstars at Franklin High School in Southeast Portland; two teenagers with flash and flair who left the reservation and talked about setting a positive example for young Natives.
- Shoni and Jude commanded attention throughout the tournament, leading Louisville to a shocking win over No. 1 Baylor, considered the biggest upset in tournament history. ESPN showed pictures of a young Shoni and Jude in full tribal wear, as fans across the country became familiar with their backstory.
- The fifth-seeded Cardinals were the lowest seed in history to play in a title game and with most of their players back, they will be a Top 5 team next season. “Without a doubt, this is going down as one of the greatest runs in women’s basketball,”
They’re from my home state. They’re actually from the part of it where I went to college. I’m damned proud of that — and every Oregonian should be proud of them.
A pie chart of Voldemort’s soul, assuming that every time he made a horcrux his soul was split precisely in half.
Numbers are rounded down.
…Harry had more of Voldemort’s soul in him than Voldemort himself had.
Whoa. That’s crazy.
This is super cool! Props to whoever made it!
I read “Diary” as “Dairy” and pictured him filled with cheese curds.
Relevant to my interests.
EDIT: Also, *damn*, Ginny basically got the worst Horcrux. She had way more of Voldemort in her than Harry ever did.
Reblogging for that edit because… I never considered that.
Which probably also explains why the diary was so powerfull and had so much of his personality.
I always believed that the Diary should have affected Ginny much MORE in the long run than it did. This chart just proves it.
I’m sorry I all I saw was “Ginny had more of Voldemort in her than Harry ever did”
(Source: ilovecharts, via elidyce)
on one hand i want a nightwing movie, but on the other hand i know they’d totally prob fuck him up and try to make him ~gritty~ like batman
i think id just really like them to start with a super gritty voice over and the actor portraying dick grayson doing the gargling-marbles christopher nolan batman voice
then just have him choke and cough and be like “how does he do that for more than fifteen minutes a night, jesus christ-“
begin nightwing movie~
I would literally do a jig should that happen.
The most effective fencing strategy.
As a huge fan of fencing, I find this HILARIOUS.