don’t fucking shoot people

Hello kittens:

I really have a lot to do today, and I’m pissed off that I have to write about this, but I just can’t get going with my day until I do.

Four words:

Don’t fucking shoot people.

As you’ve by now no doubt heard, a man walked into the Family Research Council yesterday and opened fire, wounding a security guard. The guard then subdued the man.

The man had been working in gay rights activism for a few months and decided that his objections to the politics of the Family Research Council should be translated into an act of gun violence.

What part of this is so hard to understand?

Don’t fucking shoot people.

You don’t fucking shoot people because you disagree with them. You don’t fucking shoot people because you disagree with them.

I apologize for saying this over and over again, but you don’t fucking shoot people because you disagree with them.

Let me restate: you can’t dismantle the master’s house with the master’s tools.

I know people say that a lot. But it is not fucking idle chatter.

One, it won’t work. And two, it won’t work.

Or to put it another way, you shouldn’t even attempt to dismantle the master’s house with the master’s tools.

Attempting to dismantle the master’s house with the master’s tools remakes you in the image of the master while you do it.

Oh, and because I haven’t said it in a couple of paragraphs: you don’t fucking shoot people because you disagree with them.

Use your words. Use you vote. Use your protest and your wallet and your connections and your passion. But you don’t fucking shoot people because you disagree with them.

“I have weapons and am therefore right” is the crux of pretty much every evil argument ever. Now, a weapon need not literally be a weapon: it could be money or land or access to resources.

But you, sir, picked up an actual weapon and shot an actual person because you fucking disagreed with him.

Or more accurately, you disagreed with his bosses. His bosses’ bosses, probably. Now, I suppose the fact remains that his bosses’ bosses are fucking horrible, awful people of dubious commitment to human reality. But you fucking shot an actual human being because you disagreed with his employers.

In case you haven’t caught on, this is not how things operate in a fucking democracy.

You proved nothing but that guns are louder than the human voice. You have shown nothing but that divesting someone of their humanity is still a great way to get attention.

Did you want to punish the Family Research Council? ‘Cos ya didn’t. I bet their donations trebled in the last 24 hours.

Did you want to change their minds? At the point of a gun? What kind of change is that? And how does that make you any different from all the other colonialists and crusaders the world over?

Did you think you could stop hate by killing hateful people? Even the question is illogical. It’s an equal and opposite reaction, ok? Opposite.

When people ask me, as they do from time to time, if, as an atheist, I would like to see all religion abolished, I say no. I say hell no, no pun intended.

One, I think that people have to come to overturning the tyranny of religion in their own time, helped along by people like me who have decided to overturn the influence of religion in our own lives.

But two, and perhaps more importantly, in 100 years’ time, the world would be overrun by religion once again, and these religions have every chance of being more repressive and hateful than the religions plaguing our world today.

You can’t just point a gun at something and make it go away. You shouldn’t just point a gun at something and make it go away. You don’t just point a gun at something and make it go away.

You don’t fucking shoot people because you disagree with them.

I have to keep saying this, because apparently some part of this is hard to understand.

When people hate you and don’t do anything to stop violence against you, you work on changing the minds of ambivalent people and igniting the passion of people who could/should be on your side. You don’t fucking shoot people standing in your way.

I’ve often mocked others for jumping to say “you’ve set back the movement 20 years!” So I won’t say you did that.

But you’ve squandered good will. You’ve made up the minds of some ambivalent people. You’ve given hatemongers something to point at and say, “look, don’t you see how evil these people are?”

The master’s tools can build the master’s house and maintain it. Nothing else. Resorting to violence to make your voice heard is a tool of the master. And so you maintain the master’s house.

You don’t fucking shoot people because you disagree with them.

Don’t fucking shoot people.

Ever love,
Big Mama Schlomo

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