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Like the rest of you, I’m pretty much preoccupied with the  Colorado shooting today. I’ll  try find something cute to write about later, but meanwhile: This tweet—since deleted—was sent out this morning to 16,000 followers of the NRA’s American Rifleman Journal. Here’s another rather phenomenally dumbass Twitter misfire of the day. Also on the Twitter front: We could rely on the fact that at least one person would provide a first-person Twitter account of the attack, and somebody did. And then, probably wisely, she backed out of the picture.

Also: I’d be curious to know what you guys think of this Anthony Lane piece on the New Yorker’s website about whether movies inspire violence. It’s certainly got people going on their comments section.

 

 

Posted on July 20th, 2012 5 Comments

5 Responses

  1. Carol says:

    I wish Obama would come out for strong gun control NOW…not after the election. This shooting might have been avoidable. AND, while we’re on the subject of stupid things – PLEASE – don’t “prank” like the idiots in Florida who pretended they had a bomb in a suitcase. They were arrested; probably let go with a warning. Get tough on crime.




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  2. A Sunny Day in LA says:

    My guess is that the NRA tweet was set up on delay, and not intended to be insensitive, but still it shouldn’t have been up for 2 hours.

    However, I think the worst tweet of the day goes to this one, which seems all too deliberate in intention

    #Aurora is trending, clearly about our Kim K inspired #Aurora dress 😉 Shop: celebboutique.com/aurora-white-p…

    — Celeb Boutique (@celebboutique) July 20, 2012




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  3. CTanner says:

    I can accept that we’re not going to get rid “the right to bear arms” in this country (Gallup found that almost half of American households had a gun). Whether or not I agree with their interpretation of the Second Amendment, it’s hard to turn that ship around. (I don’t think the Founding Fathers would’ve intended corporations to be “people” either, but that’s another matter). But (1) semi-automatic weapons? Why do you need those? (The majority of gun owners say they want them for self-defense) And (2) I think if you want a gun there should be rigorous licensing. You have to learn to drive a car, pass a test and get re-licensed. Why not the same for guns? (Think of the much needed revenue for the states). However, realistically, we’re not getting any of that in the immediate future. Politicians are scared of the power of the deep-pocketed pro-gun lobbies, and the passion of pro-gun voters. Sadly, even though 67% of murders in the US are by gun; even when one of their own goes down (Rep. Giffords, Ronald Reagan) there’s a flurry of talk but little action. Maybe with the power of social media, those who are worried about guns can make some noise and one day change things




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  4. diane says:

    What happened in colorado is truly awful thank you for not being one of the many style blogs that simply ignored it. I live half of the year in israel and half in NYC and know well the tension in both experiencing and recognizing and responding to horror as life must and does go on. I love every tongue in cheek and cheeky post you write but i m grateful to you for a serious moment. Diane




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  5. Bex says:

    I wish we would stop using tragedies for political platforms.




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