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There Has to be More to It than Guns

Carl Davidson United Steel Workers of America Blog
I’m for stricter gun regulations. I’m also a 2nd Amendment guy on the left. I worry about the armed militias of the right, and how to defend innocent life. We have to begin breaking down all versions of 'the other.’ We need to change a deepening death culture?

Settler Colonialism and the Second Amendment

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz Monthly Review
Taking land by force was not an accidental or spontaneous project or the work of a few rogue characters. The violent appropriation of Native land by white settlers was seen as an individual right in the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, second only to freedom of speech.

What Explains U.S. Mass Shootings? International Comparisons Suggest an Answer

Max Fisher and Josh Keller New York Times
After Britain had a mass shooting in 1987, the country instituted strict gun control laws. So did Australia after a 1996 shooting. But the United States has repeatedly faced the same calculus and determined that relatively unregulated gun ownership is worth the cost to society. That choice, more than any statistic or regulation, is what most sets the United States apart.

Redneck Revolt Builds Anti-Racist, Anti-Capitalist Movement With Working Class Whites

Jared Ware ShadowProof
In the infancy of the Trump presidency, a new community defense network is espousing anti-racist and anti-capitalist politics to build coalitions in cities, small towns, and rural areas across America. Redneck Revolt recruits predominantly poor and working class white people away from reactionary politics. The organization advances an analysis of their class condition and white supremacy’s role in upholding the wealth and privilege of a small, white elite.

Why the Guns-on-Campus Debate Matters for American Higher Education

Steven J. Friesen The Conversation
Until this year, Texas law allowed anyone with a Concealed Handgun License to carry a loaded hidden gun on campus, but not inside buildings. As of Aug. 1, 2016, a new law allows concealed handguns in college and university buildings. We're about to find out what difference guns in the classroom make in the relationships of students, faculty and staff – and in the character of higher education.

Tidbits - June 23, 2016 - Reader Comments: Orlando-Attack on LGBTs; Criticism of Portside, Moderators response; Cuomo vs. BDS; Broadway for Orlando - love and solidarity recording; more...

Portside
Reader Comments: Orlando - Attack on LGBTs; Criticism of Portside and Moderators response; Gov. Cuomo's Anti-Free Speech Move Against BDS; Alina Nurses Strike; Why White Workers Left the Democratic Party; Announcements: US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation - 15th Annual National Conference - October 14-17; New Edition of Putting the Movement Back Into Civil Rights Teaching; BROADWAY FOR ORLANDO - "WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS LOVE" - solidarity recording....more

Friday Nite Videos -- March 18, 2016

Portside
Rachel Maddow | Bernie Sanders. Masters of War. Transporters and Quantum Teleportation. Making A Killing: Guns, Greed & the NRA. Samantha Bee | Cruz 101.

100,000 NYC School Children Face Airport-Style Security Screening Every Day

Cecilia Reyes, ProPublica, and Jenny Ye, WNYC ProPublica
Despite the widespread use of the scanners, the amount of contraband found is low. Some school officials believe the daily security checks actually lead to behavior problems among the students. The metal detectors send a message to the students, says one principal, that “we don’t trust you. And even if we trusted you, we don’t necessarily trust the guy behind you.” That message, she said, runs counter to what her school is trying to teach and “it’s alienating.”

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Have Guns, Will Liberate

Chase Madar The Baffler
This ethnographic study of America's gun culture focuses on Detroit and Flint, Michigan, and it both confirms and challenges aspects of received wisdom about our country and our firearms.
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