Sunday, October 05, 2014

Charles Cooke at National Review Writes About Threats based on Gun Watch Picture

It is nice to see that more people are noticing the weird threats against peaceful people generated at the Moms Demand Action facebook page.

Charles C. W. Cooke writes about it at National   I would have been happy to have him use the photograph, with attribution, but perhaps, because the MDA page did not give attribution, he never contacted me.

He does a good job of covering the issue.  I would have been happy to give him more background.   From

Reacting to a photograph of a man standing at a checkout with a handgun holstered upon his hip, mom-who-demands-action Joyce Ward asks, “Why weren’t the police called immediately?” And “why,” Ward continues, “wasn’t he shot by the police for having a weapon”? Fellow poster Lisa McLogan Shaheen has a similar inquiry, wondering, “Why hasn’t someone called 911 so the cops can gun him down?” Others go a little further, proposing that they might help their cause along if they were actively to bring about an altercation. “Every time I see someone with a gun in a store I will call 911,” Jennifer Decker vows, “they’ll get tired of that right quick!!!” Even that plan is too limited for Ann Marie. “Just call the police every time you see someone with one,” she counsels, “the police will get sick of it eventually or have a run in with one of these clowns and then things will change.”
I am the person in the  checkout that they are discussing, so the threats are of more than academic interest to me.   If you  wish to read the original story, it is at this link.   To understand why the people making these threats are doing so, I have found this article by Sarah Thompson, M.D. to be informative.   For those of you who do not wish to read the whole article, she discusses  projection, denial, reaction formation, and rage.  

I commented at the site, and offered them the photograph, as long as they used attribution and a link.

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Anonymous said...

That is the problem with face book and twitter and most of the other social sites. Read the user agreement, anything you put on those site is automatically free licensed, anyone can download it and use it, makes no difference what it is. that is the primary reason I refuse to join any of those social network sites.

Wireless.Phil said...

I don't use any of the sites either, too risky. Plus some, make that many people have the same name and some are too stupid to fgure that out.

The Moms need to find a new name, MDA means many things, Muscular Dystrophy Association, and an illegal drug MDA,
MDA is a synthetic empathogen sometimes found in ecstasy tablets. It is closely related to MDMA though its effects are said to be slightly more psychedelic.

Dean Weingarten said...

I did not put the article or picture on any of those sites.