What Do Shooters Have in Common?


2015-08-04 – A lot has been said, justifiably, about the race of people who have been disproportionately killed by gun violence, but not much has been said about the common factor that connects most shooters: gender.

This is not just civilian shooters, it’s cop shooters.

When the NRA says “when guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns,” do you think they are talking about women? No. The outlaws are male. So are terrorists. So are soldiers in most of the armies of the world.

It’s probably a coincidence.

Because, if it’s not a coincidence, you’d think that someone would have proposed measures that would reduce the risk. I mean, what little gun legislation we have on the books in this country is very focused on keeping guns out of the hands of high-risk people, like past felons and the mentally ill. The other obvious high-risk group is males. Women should be free to own and shoot guns. If you want to own a gun and you are male, get a sex change.

I’m just talking out loud here. Nothing like this would ever happen. It would be illegal. It would violate the equal protection clause of the fourteenth amendment.

It’s probably just a coincidence, anyway.

I mean, I’m a guy and I’ve never shot anyone. I’ve actually never even shot a gun at a target. At least not that I can remember. I don’t think I’ve even held a real gun. Then again, I’m not really your typical American male.

I don’t have a TV.

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