They asked me would I like to debate this gentleman, and I said no. I said, ‘If we were in high school, I’d take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him.
–Former Vice President Joe Biden said of Donald Trump in a speech at the University of Miami.
Trump tweeted back:
Crazy Joe Biden is trying to act like a tough guy. Actually, he is weak, both mentally and physically, and yet he threatens me, for the second time, with physical assault. He doesn’t know me, but he would go down fast and hard, crying all the way. Don’t threaten people Joe!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 22, 2018
murder is primarily a male act. 90% of the murders when the gender of the perpetrator is known are committed by men.
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In mass shootings, 98% of the perpetrators are enacted men.
Look at that. A pillow biting chicken queen, who sidelines as an attention whore. Obsessed with his lack of masculinity, and still trying to work out his rage because mommy and daddy didn’t accept him. Sees guns as a symbol of the masculinity he could never achieve, so he hates them, and the people connected with them….
The Pew Research Center found that white men own over 60% of the guns in the U.S. Overall, 74% of gun owners are male and 82% are white.
It is no mere coincidence that generally women (63%) favor stricter gun control regulations more than men (45%). According to a recent Quinnipiac University poll of registered voters, 71% of women supported a nationwide ban on assault weapons compared with 46% of men. Gallup found that men (56%) feel safer with a gun in the home than do women (39%), since women are by far the largest group of victims of domestic violence.
Laws are reflect the society that enacts them. A patriarchal and individualistic society oppress and inhibit women’s reproductive freedoms, encourages the inequities in salaries between men and women, establishes and maintains the massive development of wealth for a very few while encouraging the enormous financial disparities between the very rich and everyone else, etc.
Mitt Romney, in his speech on “Freedom” to the National Rifle Association on Friday, April 13, 2012, used the term “Freedom” a total of 30 times and “Free” another four times, all in the span of his few minutes behind the podium. His major thesis throughout his speech was the Obama “administration’s assault on our freedoms – our economic freedom, our religious freedom, and our personal freedom.”
But how free are we as individuals and as a collective nation when on average, 33,000 lives are taken every year by firearms? How “free” are we as individuals and as a collective nation when people can own and use assault rifles, and carry concealed guns into bars, political rallies, and college and university campuses?
And how “free” are we as individuals and as a collective nation as the National Rifle Association claims in its literature that “GUNS SAVE LIVES,” as it fights to dismantle governmental regulations on gun ownership and use?
Joe Biden and Donald Trump’s alpha-male bravado signals the gendered violence permeating our entire society.