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Old 10-28-2015, 12:36 PM   #1
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Maybe we should stop using the words chosen by our 'enemies'? If we object and correct every time someone uses the phrase "gun violence" maybe we can get a bit of headway?

Columnist Jack Kerwick's reductio ad absurdum illustrates the absurdity of “gun violence”-speak:

Imagine if, while discussing the Holocaust, we spoke about 'gas chamber violence,' or while discussing Islamic State mass beheadings, we talked instead of 'machete violence.' Or suppose that discussions of the lynching of blacks were peppered with references to 'rope violence.' None of this would sit well with decent human beings, for it is clear, or at least it is thought that it should be clear, that such descriptions miss entirely that which is fundamental to the phenomena being described -- the perpetrators responsible for these wicked deeds.

Let us speak, then, of "goon violence." For to grasp the distinction between goons with moral agency, on the one hand, and inanimate guns with no such thing, on the other, is to come to grips with reality.
(http://townhall.com/columnists/jackk...4980/page/full)
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Old 10-28-2015, 03:44 PM   #2
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Maybe we should stop using the words chosen by our 'enemies'? If we object and correct every time someone uses the phrase "gun violence" maybe we can get a bit of headway?



(http://townhall.com/columnists/jackk...4980/page/full)

Hmm . . . Do you suppose that using the word "goon," instead of the word "thug," means that we will not be called racists?



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