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The *other* phone call

Some years ago, I was talking to Paul Lathrop‚Äč of the Polite Society Podcast‚Äč when he asked me if I had ever gotten “the phone call” — you know, the one from a student telling me that something I taught … Continue reading

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Hilarious Quote — and an answer

“For a woman, where are you going to hide that gun during the day? If you wear a dress, if you wear a skirt, are you going to have to wear a jacket everyday with a belt and a holster … Continue reading


There’s a meme going around Fb that skeptically concludes “… but now suddenly we can arm and train teachers to double as the last line of defense?” This is disingenuous, not least because it assumes that we’re talking about arming … Continue reading

Too many funerals

Over on Gun Culture 2.0, social scientist David Yamane had an unpleasant interaction with a colleague on Twitter. That colleague shut down their conversation in an emotional way, saying that he’d been to “too many funerals.” Prof. Yamane asks an … Continue reading

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Resources for Conversations with Anti-Gun Friends

As a rule, I don’t particularly enjoy talking about gun politics. It’s one of the (many!) reasons I’ve generally steered away from the subject on this blog. There have been some exceptions, of course, because sometimes it’s just about unavoidable. … Continue reading

A love-filled rant

Yesterday, I came across something Caleb Causey said, and want to share it with you. Please read this heartfelt (and heartbroken) rant, and think about it. Then act. Caleb’s rant comes from a place of love and care. And to … Continue reading

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Emotion motivation

A lot of people, when they look at a scenario that they see described online, react emotionally to that description. They then announce what they “would have done” if it happened to them. And that response is almost always based … Continue reading

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Safe Space

At first glance, this long-ish post will seem to be a little unrelated to my usual topics. But it does apply in many different ways, since self-defense and self-care and conflict resolution are all very closely linked. And since anyone … Continue reading

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