I JUST LET OUT THE WORST NOISE
IM SHARING THIS FUCKING TWICE IN A ROW BECAUSE YOU HAVE NO FUCKING IDEA HOW PERFECT THIS IS.
OK, I agree we over-react to “terror” and under-react to “every-day gun violence” but we can’t pretend like those two things are the same thing.
Shooting someone is generally an attack on a person. The reasons for shooting that person may be hatred, jealousy, greed, or idiocy, but you’re shooting a person.
Blowing up the finishing line of a marathon is not an attack on a person, it’s an attack on a culture.
There are a lot of reasons why we see “terror” as more terrifying, and some of those reasons are bad (like that we’re “used to” gun violence, and that most of those deaths take place in communities that people in power don’t identify with or understand well.)
But there are also good reasons why we feel this way. We all recognize that we are cultural beings, and thus attacking culture is viewed as worse, and should be viewed as worse, and /IS WORSE/ than attacking people, because the culture we create as individuals is more important than any single person.
An attack on a culture is felt as an attack on every member of that culture. This is why “hate” crimes are often categorized differently, because those acts are often aimed not at hurting an individual, but at hurting all people who are “like” that individual.
So while the personal tragedies of the Boston Bombing are no more or less tragic than the personal tragedies of those 900,000 gun deaths, those incidents are different, and should be treated as such.
I apologize for exploiting this one point in the previous comment, but…
Are we really cultural beings? We can’t tolerate the cultures of other people…no wonder we are being terrorized! These are extremists that not only kill people outside of their own culture, but also their own people. Its like if the Westboro Baptist Church went around killing not just, gays and foreigners, but other Christians that didn’t see the world like WBC does.
I don’t care much for guns, but I do think that automatics and semiautomatics are a bit extreme to be available to the general public. Hunting rifles and handguns should just about do it for the American people if they want a bit of fire power in their hands.
Violence is violence, whether its terrorism, gun violence, genocide, homocide, murder, torture, anything that harms another being. It shouldn’t be treated differently at all, I think thats grossly unfair to the individuals. America is a country made for the individual not for the culture. Cultures just come into the picture when individuals want to be represented in a bigger group. Its “We the People”, not “We the African Americans, the European Americans, the Christians, and the Muslims, and the Jewish, and etc…”
We are America, we are United, we support anybody and everybody.
We NEED to recognize that…
A paradox. After turning the machine on, its only function is to turn itself off.
I watched this for a good 5 minutes. Therefore, it deserves a reblog.
it’s a parabox.
mom im meeting my friends see you later bye