Read this excerpt from an article in the New York Times about the people around the Planned Parenthood clinic that was attacked yesterday:
Her boyfriend, Jackson Ricker, 18, placed his arms around [Miranda Shilter’s] waist and his chin on her shoulder and noted that Ms. Schilter had witnessed a different shooting a few weeks earlier when a heavily armed man shot and killed a bicyclist and two women in the downtown. “The first time she cried,” said Mr. Ricker, looking at his dry-eyed girlfriend. “She’s a veteran now.” (link original)
Let that process for a minute.
Over the course of the last three weeks, Miranda Shilter was a bystander to two different shootings, and “she’s a veteran now.” Maybe her boyfriend said so with a sad tone in his voice, maybe he’s proud of her – the reporter doesn’t include that detail. But to me, using the word “veteran” in…
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After months of verbal assault against Planned Parenthood and against women more broadly, Republican Christianists have gotten what they were asking for—bloodshed.
On November 27, a mass shooting left three dead and nine wounded at a Planned Parenthood clinic just miles from the headquarters of the Religious Right flagship, Focus on the Family. Was the shooting exactly what conservative Christian presidential candidates and members of congress wanted? Maybe, maybe not. But it is what they asked for. Republican members of the Religious Right incited violence as predictably as if they had issued a call for Christian abortion foes to take up arms. Inciting violence this way is called stochastic terrorism:
“Stochastic terrorism is the use of mass communications to incite random actors to carry out violent or terrorist acts that are statistically predictable but individually unpredictable. In short, remote-control murder by lone wolf.”
In an incident of…
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