If you are afraid to even offend your enemy, you have already lost. The apologists and speech nazis are out in force again. Apparently, it is now wrong and hurtful to refer criminal vermin as thugs. Thug, thug, thug.
It is always interesting when New York metrosexuals decide to weigh in on the gun culture. We have a story about some “ridiculously expensive” custom guns that has the free-lance author scratching his head.
ALEX WAGNER: To the use of the word itself, Brittney – I mean, I think there are folks like CNN’s Erin Burnett who don’t understand why it’s offensive, and why some people are saying the ‘T’ word is the new ‘N’ word. Give us your take.
BRITTNEY COOPER, SALON CONTRIBUTOR: Sure. It’s rooted in a racialized understanding of black people. So, for instance, no one is calling the police who put this kid in a van and snapped his spine and crushed his voicebox ‘thugs’ – right? They’re only applying it to acts of violence against property – right? Acts of – and sure, acts of harassment, sure – acts of anger. But when are we going to have a language to talk about the systemic violence that white folks do in the name of anti-blackness and white supremacy in this country? We don’t have a language for that.
So this becomes a way for there to be a procession of both white people in the media who are unsympathetic; and also, the, sort of, respectable middle-class or upper-class black people who are saying, we want to maintain law and order. We want to make a distinction between us and the criminals and the thugs – the low – the lower elements of black people. We don’t want to be associated with them.
On July 16, 2008, Gray was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession with intent to distribute. He pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute and the other charges were dismissed. He was sentenced to a suspended four-year prison sentence.
All the records found here come from the Maryland Department of Justice.
For many people, few thrills in life measure up to that of firing a gun. Whether you’re a soldier of fortune in hostile territory, a police officer putting away creeps or just an executive with an hour of leisure time to spend at the range, the results can be the same — with every shot you squeeze off, the day’s stresses melt away and recede further into memory.
Of course, some view Americans’ affinity for guns as scary and dangerous, but while the debate goes on, sales soar.
The average firearm ranges in price, and for those who view them as more than just loud toys that make holes in things, they’re heirlooms; they’re works of art, and they’re examples of craftsmanship at the highest level. Prices for such weapons go way beyond those of that .38 snub at the pawnshop.
Fortune spoke to people whose stock in trade is high-end firearms, from manufacturers to collectors, and asked what kind of prices these peacemakers and boom sticks can command — and who their high-end customers are.
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