Intimidation by gun *was designed to be* the violence

Totalitarian states are mostly peaceful and well-behaved too. This excellent article reminds us that gun violence can take many forms, including forms that can be passed off as benign. 

“With the streets largely cleared of contrary viewpoints, reporters sopped up simplistic talking points from pro-gun ralliers, then effectively congratulated them for not killing anyone. They then constructed a vague notion of peace—one uncomplicated by trauma or intimidation—and gawked at it. “

[from the Columbia Journalism Review]

 

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