Happiness IS a warm gun

21 Oct

Well, the gun advocates were right! If you allow people to have more guns and more freedom to use them in public places, the world will become a safer place.

Case in point: Prominent feminist video game critic Anita Sarkeesian, was planning on appearing at a speaking engagement at Utah State University last Wednesday to discuss the portrayal of women in video games, but the University received an anonymous Email that threatened “The deadliest school shooting in American History” if her appearance and speech were not canceled.

The Email even went on to describe the nature of the attack and stated:

“If you do not cancel her talk, a Montreal Massacre style attack will be carried out against the attendees, as well as students and staff at the nearby Women’s Center. I have at my disposal a semi-automatic rifle, multiple pistols, and a collection of pipe bombs.”

Ms. Sarkeesian however had decided to go ahead with her presentation because she always receives similar threats whenever she plans a speaking engagement… that is until she was informed by Utah University’s campus security that Utah’s concealed carry laws meant it would be possible for guns to be present at the University’s speaking event.

Utah has an Open Carry law and permits the concealed carry of loaded weapons with a permit and in Utah a person may carry firearms into banks, bars, public universities, and state parks… and with a permit, a person may also carry those weapons into public schools…but Utah does not require concealed carry permit holders to notify police officers of their permit or possession of firearms…even when stopped by police officers.

So how would anyone know if there were a person or persons in the audience with concealed weapons who might be potential mass murders as opposed to law abiding avengers in waiting? In light of that simple dilemma, Ms. Sarkeesian decided not to try and find out and so she canceled her speaking engagement and everyone stayed home…where they were safe and at least knew who had the guns.

Sounds like a perfect solution wouldn’t you say?

6 Responses to “Happiness IS a warm gun”

  1. Michele Anderson October 21, 2014 at 1:07 am #

    Our world is getting so weird.

  2. womanseyeview October 21, 2014 at 3:12 am #

    Just when I think that is one crazy country you live you tell me that the Montreal massacre, which happened here in Canada, is an inspiration for your home grown terrorists…It resulted in our gun registry legislation which was recently dismantled by our right wing government even though the police community objected along with many of the rest of us! Seems we’re getting more alike.

  3. A Voice October 21, 2014 at 4:54 am #

    (1) I take great offence to her being considered a video game critic, as her work is shoddy where it isn’t manipulative in focus and her behaviour is appalling. The only way to consider her a video game critic or her work meaningful is to have no real experience with what she is claiming to criticise. Simply put, the more one experiences of her work while being in a position to critically analyse it the more one cannot but find her work to be poor-at-best and her behaviour, since it goes hand-in-hand with her work, to be the same.

    I’d like to direct you to the three entries I wrote about her work and my experience with it. (http://thebittervoice.wordpress.com/2014/06/23/a-brief-thought-on-anita-sarkeesians-work-with-video-game-criticism/ & http://thebittervoice.wordpress.com/2014/08/28/a-brief-thought-on-anita-sarkeesians-work-with-video-game-criticism-ii/ & http://thebittervoice.wordpress.com/2014/08/28/a-brief-thought-on-anita-sarkeesians-work-with-video-game-criticism-iii/)

    It’s terribly unfortunate that people are supporting her out of what I’ve called a ‘soft andocentrism’ (http://thebittervoice.wordpress.com/2014/09/18/the-monsters-voice/). People are coming to her defence in part because she is being maligned and abused and in part because there is a kernel of truth to her work. No one seems to be coming to her defence because a critical analysis of her work demonstrates such: there has been no meaningful response by people in the industry (or white knights) to the critical analysis of her work by those finding it wanting.

    Anita Sarkeesian does not deserve the accolades she is receiving because her work is bad, largely manipulative of the facts, and she offers no counter-argument to the growing criticism of said work. What she comes out to discuss is how maligned she has been. She needs to be called out for what she is by people in the field and, unfortunately, that has yet to really happen. And it needs to happen for the health of both the video game industry and the growing voice of females in the video game industry.

    (2) And with all of that said she doesn’t deserve to be faced with all of these terrible threats to her person. It’s disgusting that people would treat her this way and even more so that the FBI seems to have no presence in respect to this issue. After all, much has been said about it and I do not recall seeing the FBI mentioned once…and, truth be told, mention of a FBI investigation would likely help to stem the tide a bit and give everyone some peace of mind that SOMETHING is actually being done.

    In the end it may be that nothing will happen until blood is spilt, like so many other attempts to move civil rights and social boundaries. It’s really fucked up that that is what it comes down to with these things, that THAT is the only time authorities of any sort seem to really take action.

    Blood has to be spilt…unless the issue involves firearms.

    Kill an unarmed black male in broad daylight (nevermind Michael Brown, think about Kajieme Powell)? Nothing. Kill several lily-white children in a massacre (Newtown, CT)? Nothing. Shoot a congressperson in the skull (Gabby Gifford)? Nothing. Assassinate a President of the United States (Kennedy)? Well…there’s the rub.

    I don’t think it’s possible to deny that the United States is culturally bankrupt.

  4. emmylgant October 21, 2014 at 8:21 am #

    Perfect indeed. Stay home. This way we see nothing hear nothing and if we say anything who would know?
    Perfect little monkeys. With chains around their necks to choke protest.

  5. makagutu October 21, 2014 at 11:38 am #

    A more perfect solution cannot be imagined

  6. avwalters October 21, 2014 at 1:49 pm #

    And with that, somebody’s overarching and amplified version of the second amendment trumps everyone’s enjoyment of the first amendment (because, of course, the first amendment is not only our right to speak and assemble, but also our right to hear different voices. Goodbye democracy, Hello fascism and anarchy.

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