Daily Clips: June 16th, 2016

As a gay woman, I don’t feel safe in America right now. So I bought a gun: There is a difference between feeling safer and actually being safer. This gay woman, who pens a column in Vox, doesn’t seem to understand this vital distinction. She writes:

For me, part of that fight is now carrying a gun. If someone were to attack me, I might brandish it in their general direction in a mildly threatening manner, but that’s about it. In the grand scheme of things, I don’t think shooting another to save just my life is worth it. But were I in a position to do something that would prevent an occurrence like the Orlando massacre with my tiny gun, I think I would take one life if it meant saving many more. I don’t quite know how to make the decision to kill another human being, but I hope I could in the moment.

What a nonsensical response to a national tragedy. It’s a shame this is how she responded.

Clinton is considering Warren for VP: So reports the Wall Street Journal. Warren also happens to be the top VP pick for Democratic voters, as Bloomberg reported yesterday. Cory Booker, the New Jersey Senator, was voters’ second choice.

Toxic masculinity and murder: 

Stemming the violence, then, means deconstructing hate. It means considering every element in the creation and enabling of so many psychopaths. And one that tends to be overlooked— widely known but narrowly considered— is the simple fact that almost all mass murderers are men. As of 2014, Time cited the number at 98 percent. That makes masculinity a more common feature than any of the elements that tend to dominate discourse—religion, race, nationality, political affiliation, or any history of mental illness.

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Nick Cassella
Nick Cassella graduated from the University of St Andrews in Scotland in 2014. After graduating, he worked on the Initiative 594 campaign before joining Civic Ventures, where he now manages Civic Skunk Works' social media presence.