Siiigh. I’m still alive. Mostly.
What is your stand on gun control after recent shooting incidents, especially after a shooting at a major airport?
Same as it’s always been. I don’t want to ban guns. I just want to sensibly regulate gun ownership.
Gun owners should be required to carry a federally mandated, state issued firearms license (just like a drivers license) that involves the completion of a safety training course and demonstrated proficiency with whatever firearms they own. (Again, just like the DMV.)
Firearm liability insurance should be required by law for every owner of every firearm (just like auto insurance) and if you can’t afford or don’t qualify for insurance, then you can’t have the guns. In any state with a stand-your-ground law, additional firearm self-defense insurance should also be required.
All licensed gun owners should be required to register themselves as well as every firearm in their possession (along with proof of insurance) with a federal database that is accessible to state and local law enforcement.
Convicted felons, those convicted of gun-related misdemeanors, those under a domestic violence restraining order, or those deemed mentally unstable by the courts should not be eligible for a firearms license.
Most importantly, state and local law enforcement should institute comprehensive firearm confiscation and enforcement programs that actually purge this country of all non-registered or otherwise illegal guns. Getting caught with an illegal gun should be a big fucking deal. I can’t stress this enough. Everything else is bullshit without punitive, incentivized enforcement.
All costs associated with the above policies should be funded through fines, penalties, and additional excise taxes imposed on the sale of all firearms and ammunition. (Yet again, just like parking tickets, DUI fines, and gas taxes.)
Keep in mind, none of this should be construed as an infringement of the right of the people to keep and bear arms. I don’t have a problem with people owning guns. I just don’t think it’s too much to ask that they jump through the same hoops required to legally drive a damned car.
Judge those who cause harm to others.
Pity those who cause harm to themselves.
Sometimes, you will have to both judge and pity people, and recognize the balance.
You will need to judge yourself, preferably before you’ve caused any harm.
(Note I say cause, and not intend, because intent is not magic. It makes no difference if you intended to spill the milk; you still need to clean it up.)
I feel like it’s a bit based in the Catholic culture I was raised in, minus any hangups about sex, sexual preference, and sexual orientation. Stemmed from the actual good things Jesus said.
Yes, I’m still an atheist.
It’s interesting to think of superhero stories as the modern equivalent of Greek/Shakespearean tragedy (what is more hubristic than Batman’s insistence on fighting crime in costume, personally, one criminal at a time?).
I also agree with this writer that it’s often overused (or used in obnoxious ways - see e.g. women in refrigerators) but Alan Moore is a more skillful writer than most (as well as a lover of archetypes and story patterns, which he basically writes a graphic manifesto on in Promethea) and thus Barbara Gordon’s “refrigerating” actually was eventually explored by other writers who turned her into the supremely interesting and effective Oracle (up until the New 52 threw away that history).
I don’t know if I think Batman kills the Joker or not, but to me the scene doesn’t need to be explained but works best as a Schroedinger’s Cat of sorts - Commissioner Gordon’s psyche is healthy and sound (disproving the Joker’s “anyone could have such a bad day” theory), but Batman has always been a hop-skip-jump from falling into the same insanity as the Joker (which the Joker’s “killing joke” at the end so deftly illustrates by painting them as a pair of mental inmates). As Watchmen also illustrates, those who dress up either to fight evil or do it have a tenuous grip on reality and human nature - in the last moment of Killing Joke, both Batman and Joker slip in and out of sanity, but in opposite ways. Who’s to say that Batman is able to slip back in again?
That’s what I’ve always liked about The Killing Joke.
Man, they should be thanking you for oppressing them. Just the idea arouses me SECKSUALLY. ;P
You know, I, unfortunately, hear this from grown men quite often and I get pretty nauseous but when it comes from you, I feel nothing but flattery… like this kind:
You can oppress me too.
Man, I need to actually track the gabyrippling tag because I miss stuff like my favorite people writing adorably awesome things in response to me. OOPS. So let’s just pretend: