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From gun violence activist to arming the LGBTQ community

https://www.qsaltlake.com/news/2020/10/23/from-gun-violence-activist-to-arming-the-lgbtq-community/




Ermiya Fanaeian was still in high school when she organized one of the largest rallies to happen in the state of Utah to protest gun violence. She was the face on local television news stations speaking about the need to control gun violence. Today she is running a group that seeks to train and arm people in the LGBTQ community.

“My position shifted because of the continuous violence that I saw happening to trans women across the nation,” Fanaeian told QSaltLake Magazine. “Nothing was being done about violent attack after violent attack that was happening against working-class trans women.”

She said that she gave up on politicians solving the problem of murders most often perpetrated by those with guns.

“We kept protesting for years, and all politicians would do is end up letting the attackers off the hook with a slap on the wrist,” she said. “And often these were the same liberal politicians who were calling to disarm people...”


Pink Pistols UT also partners with the National African American Gun Association
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Sat Nov 28, 2020, 06:40 PM (0 replies)

Who do you think will come out on top in the GOP: The "Panems" or the "Gileads?

For reference:

"Panem"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hunger_Games

"Gilead"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Handmaid%27s_Tale
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Fri Nov 27, 2020, 09:45 PM (4 replies)

Trump is learning the truth of an old adage: "The people you step on while you're moving up will...

...be the ones kicking you on your way down."
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Thu Nov 26, 2020, 09:40 PM (11 replies)

Apple's global security boss accused of bribing cops in exchange for concealed gun permits

Once again, 'may issue' laws are shown to be nothing more than an excuse for graft, as well as
a violation of the Fourteenth Amendment.

https://www.theregister.com/2020/11/23/apple_global_security_head_charged/


Apple's global security boss accused of bribing cops with 200 free iPads in exchange for concealed gun permits

Exec, two officers, one other charged

Chris Williams, Editor in Chief Mon 23 Nov 2020 // 21:17 UTC

..Thomas Moyer, 50, was last week charged with bribing senior officers in Santa Clara county, home to Apple's Cupertino headquarters.

According to prosecutors, between February and August last year, Undersheriff Rick Sung and Captain James Jensen refused to issue four concealed-carry weapon (CCW) licenses to Apple employees unless the pair got something in return. Moyer, it is claimed, promised to donate 200 iPads, worth about $70,000 at retail, to the sheriff's office in exchange for the permits, it is alleged.

The deal was scrapped by Moyer and Sung after the county district attorney stuck a probe into the sheriff's operations, and got a search warrant to obtain the office's CCW records in August last year, it is said. Sung, 48, and Jensen, 43, have been charged with receiving or asking for bribes...

...Insurance broker Harpreet Chadha, 49, was also charged with bribery. It is said he promised Sung, in exchange for a CCW license, $6,000 of box suite tickets for a San Jose Sharks ice-hockey game at Silicon Valley's SAP Center on Valentine’s Day last year. The suite was used by Sheriff Laurie Smith’s relatives and some of her biggest political supporters to celebrate her re-election as sheriff, prosecutors said. Smith has not been charged with any crimes...


Link to *.pdf copy of indictment:

https://regmedia.co.uk/2020/11/23/apple_undersheriff_indictments.pdf

Link to statement from the SC County DA's office:

https://www.sccgov.org/sites/da/newsroom/newsreleases/Pages/NRA2020/CCW-Undersheriff-Sung-.aspx

"County Undersheriff, Sheriff’s Captain, Local Businessman, and Apple’s Chief Security Officer Charged with Bribery for CCW Licenses"

Imo, those that support may-issue are either a) hopelessly naive or b) in on the graft

Shall-issue is the only way to go.

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Tue Nov 24, 2020, 03:56 PM (1 replies)

Glad to see more than one guns rights group aren't utter bootlickers:

Except, of course, the NRA- bootlickers gotta lick boots:

https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/usa-police-immunity-guns/

When cops and America’s cherished gun rights clash, cops win

...Reuters found multiple cases in which courts granted immunity to cops who killed armed civilians who posed a questionable threat, including people who legally possessed guns for self-defense at home. In all the cases, officers said they acted reasonably in what they perceived to be dangerous situations...

...Cases like these are why some gun rights advocates want qualified immunity to be reined in. “These cases are rare, but they shouldn’t happen at all. When they do happen, law enforcement should be held liable,” said Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, a Bellevue, Washington-based group that filed a brief in support of Mauck and the Scott family’s failed attempt to appeal their case to the Supreme Court. Gottlieb said police officers should not be able to cite the mere presence of a gun as a threat that justifies the use of deadly force.

Another gun rights group, the Firearms Policy Coalition, based in Sacramento, California, also favors reform of qualified immunity, Director of Legal Strategy Adam Kraut told Reuters. The National Rifle Association, the most influential U.S. gun rights group, did not respond to requests for comment on the issue.

In their opposition to qualified immunity, gun rights groups, typically supportive of police, find themselves allied with a broad coalition spanning the political spectrum, including gun control advocates...
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Sat Nov 21, 2020, 06:15 PM (0 replies)

On Not Meeting Nazis Halfway: Why Is It So Hard for Democrats to Act Like They Actually Won?

Rebecca Solnit nails it, imo- The Pubbies understand that politics is a no-holds-barred rugby game, and too many Democrats it treat like an encounter group.

https://lithub.com/rebecca-solnit-on-not-meeting-nazis-halfway/


...The letters editor headed this section with, “In my decade editing this page, there has never been a period when quarreling readers have seemed so implacably at odds with each other, as if they get their facts and values from different universes. As one small attempt to bridge the divide, we are providing today a page full of letters from Trump supporters.” The implication is the usual one: we—urban multiethnic liberal-to-radical only-partly-Christian America—need to spend more time understanding MAGA America. The demands do not go the other way. Fox and Ted Cruz and the Federalist have not chastised their audiences, I feel pretty confident, with urgings to enter into discourse with, say, Black Lives Matter activists, rabbis, imams, abortion providers, undocumented valedictorians, or tenured lesbians. When only half the divide is being tasked with making the peace, there is no peace to be made, but there is a unilateral surrender on offer. We are told to consider this bipartisanship, but the very word means both sides abandon their partisanship, and Mitch McConnell and company have absolutely no interest in doing that...

...Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito just complained that “you can’t say that marriage is a union between one man and one woman. Now it’s considered bigotry.” This is a standard complaint of the right: the real victim is the racist who has been called a racist, not the victim of his racism, the real oppression is to be impeded in your freedom to oppress. And of course Alito is disingenuous; you can say that stuff against marriage equality (and he did). Then other people can call you a bigot, because they get to have opinions too, but in his scheme such dissent is intolerable, which is fun coming from a member of the party whose devotees wore “fuck your feelings” shirts at its rallies and popularized the term “snowflake.”

Nevertheless, we get this hopelessly naïve version of centrism, of the idea that if we’re nicer to the other side there will be no other side, just one big happy family. This inanity is also applied to the questions of belief and fact and principle, with some muddled cocktail of moral relativism and therapists’ “everyone’s feelings are valid” applied to everything. But the truth is not some compromise halfway between the truth and the lie, the fact and the delusion, the scientists and the propagandists. And the ethical is not halfway between white supremacists and human rights activists, rapists and feminists, synagogue massacrists and Jews, xenophobes and immigrants, delusional transphobes and trans people. Who the hell wants unity with Nazis until and unless they stop being Nazis?

I’ve spent much of my adult life watching politicians like Bill Clinton and, at times, Barack Obama sell out their own side to placate the other, with dismal results.


Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Sat Nov 21, 2020, 06:00 PM (7 replies)

Pasco's sheriff uses grades and abuse histories to label schoolchildren potential criminals...

...The kids and their parents don’t know."

https://projects.tampabay.com/projects/2020/investigations/police-pasco-sheriff-targeted/school-data/


By NEIL BEDI and KATHLEEN McGRORY Times staff writers Nov. 19, 2020

The Pasco Sheriff’s Office keeps a secret list of kids it thinks could “fall into a life of crime” based on factors like whether they’ve been abused or gotten a D or an F in school, according to the agency's internal intelligence manual.

The Sheriff’s Office assembles the list by combining the rosters for most middle and high schools in the county with records so sensitive, they’re protected by state and federal law.

School district data shows which children are struggling academically, miss too many classes or are sent to the office for discipline. Records from the state Department of Children and Families flag kids who have witnessed household violence or experienced it themselves.

According to the manual, any one of those factors makes a child more likely to become a criminal...


Links to the manual:

https://beta.documentcloud.org/documents/20412738-ilp_manual012918



https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/20412738/ilp_manual012918.pdf
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Thu Nov 19, 2020, 08:55 PM (4 replies)

Pasco's (FL) sheriff uses grades and abuse histories to label schoolchildren potential criminals...

...The kids and their parents don’t know."

https://projects.tampabay.com/projects/2020/investigations/police-pasco-sheriff-targeted/school-data/


By NEIL BEDI and KATHLEEN McGRORY Times staff writers Nov. 19, 2020

The Pasco Sheriff’s Office keeps a secret list of kids it thinks could “fall into a life of crime” based on factors like whether they’ve been abused or gotten a D or an F in school, according to the agency's internal intelligence manual.

The Sheriff’s Office assembles the list by combining the rosters for most middle and high schools in the county with records so sensitive, they’re protected by state and federal law.

School district data shows which children are struggling academically, miss too many classes or are sent to the office for discipline. Records from the state Department of Children and Families flag kids who have witnessed household violence or experienced it themselves.

According to the manual, any one of those factors makes a child more likely to become a criminal...


Links to the manual:

https://beta.documentcloud.org/documents/20412738-ilp_manual012918

https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/20412738/ilp_manual012918.pdf
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Thu Nov 19, 2020, 08:52 PM (3 replies)

New book: "Warped Narratives: Distortion in the Framing of Gun Policy"

Looks interesting. Here is the blurb from the publisher's website:

https://www.press.umich.edu/10063035/warped_narratives



Description

"The politics of gun policy in the United States are dramatic. Against the backdrop of daily gun violence—which claims more than 33,000 lives per year—gun control groups push for stronger regulations, while gun rights groups resist infringements upon their Second Amendment rights. To illuminate the dynamics of this polarized debate, Warped Narratives examines how and why interest groups frame the gun violence problem in particular ways, exploring the implication of groups’ framing choices for policymaking and politics. Melissa K. Merry argues that the gun policy arena is warped, and that both gun control and gun rights organizations contribute to the distortion of the issue by focusing on atypical characters and settings in their policy narratives. Gun control groups emphasize white victims, child victims, and mass shootings in suburban locales, while gun rights groups focus on self-defense shootings, highlighting threats to “law-abiding” gun owners. In reality, most gun deaths are the result of suicide. Homicides occur disproportionately in urban areas, mainly affecting racial minorities. While warping makes political sense in the short term, it may lead to negative, long-term consequences, including constraints on groups’ ability to build broad-based coalitions and to reduce prospects for compromise. To demonstrate warping, Merry analyzes nearly 67,000 communications by 15 national gun policy groups between 2000 and 2017 collected from blogs, emails, Facebook posts, and press releases. This book is the first to systematically assess the role of race in gun policy groups’ framing and offers the most comprehensive examination to date of interest groups’ presentation of this issue."

Melissa K. Merry is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Louisville.

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Thu Nov 19, 2020, 04:20 PM (0 replies)

The Oath Keepers, Proud Boys and others of their ilk will not be disarmed, laws or no laws

At least by local cops. To believe otherwise is to embrace a Neville Chamberlain level of naivety.

All of these people will still be around January 21st, and some of them will undoubtedly be making the move from 'threatening sedition' to 'full-on sedition'


https://www.democraticunderground.com/100214568298

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2020/11/donald-trump-rally-photographer-interview.html

Slate: "A Photographer on the Most Disturbing Thing He Saw at Trump Rallies"


...The real problem is, I have never seen the police ever arrest a Proud Boy. I’ve witnessed multiple fights between Proud Boys and I guess you could call them “antifascists,” but unless you’re willing to walk away after getting shoved and being spit in the face by a Proud Boy, then shit is going to happen. And they’re not the ones getting arrested. In every place I’ve ever covered these fights—in Portland; Columbus, Ohio; Philadelphia; New York City; or Washington—the person that gets arrested is not the Proud Boy. The Republican Club in NYC was a big anomaly, but that’s what generally happens...


https://www.democraticunderground.com/10142337401

Police fist bump MAGA fan Proud Boys member and escort far-right group through DC streets after 4th



https://www.google.com/search?q=%22Oath+Keepers%22&sitesearch=democraticunderground.com


https://upload.democraticunderground.com/1016271937

A Pro-Trump Militant Group Has Recruited Thousands of Police, Soldiers, and Veterans


Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Tue Nov 17, 2020, 05:35 PM (28 replies)
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