'Here’s the answer — don’t give men guns'

Article here. Excerpt:

'When we look at the acts of almost unspeakable gun violence making news and breaking hearts, it doesn’t take Rachel Maddow or Wayne LaPierre to target the fact that men are responsible. We don’t need to hit the archives for historical documentation. What we need to do is this: We need to stop selling guns to men.

Women will be able to buy and own guns but not be permitted to share them with our male counterparts.

Why? Because it’s clear that men don’t know how to handle weapons. Remember, even Dick Cheney shot his lawyer — by mistake. His wife, Lynne Cheney, might have killed a lot of artists’ hopes as head of the National Endowment for the Arts, but she never shot any real artists. Not that I know of.

Many gun-rights advocates cite a line attributed to George Washington — “They should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them” — which would fit right in with the idea that women, in most danger of abuse, should be the ones in line for guns and ammo; next are kids, since child abuse is also widespread. Obviously the elderly and physically disabled should all be armed, and — to be fair — so should those in iffy neighborhoods. My friend Rose said the NRA will be issuing a gun to each infant born, as some groups do with books to promote literacy.'


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Why English professors shouldn't write about social problems

And wouldn't it be terrible if because one or just a couple English professors couldn't exercise fairly ordinary critical thinking skills that all English professors could not (or wouldn't be allowed to) write about social problems.

You'd think a PhD would get the importance of doing some research prior to saying she doesn't know of any female criminals other than Thelma & Louise. She need only have looked at http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/content/pub/pdf/wo.pdf to see some stats. While the report seeks to talk down female violent criminality (of course), numbers do not lie, as they say. Page 3 of the report says women use a firearm, knife, or blunt object in their assaults 15% of the time as compared with 28% for men. Agreed it's almost half less than men; but to pretend it's not happening isn't good. It also leads to people like this author embarrassing herself publicly via her demonstrated lack of research skills. But I saw on her web site that she's a feminist, so her article's content comes as little surprise.