Friday, October 17, 2014

Guns Versus Free Speech in Utah

by Pa Rock
Citizen Journalist

Anita Sarkeesian, described in the press as a “feminist pop culture critic,” was forced to cancel a speaking engagement at Utah State University after an anonymous e-mailer threatened to launch the biggest school shooting in history.  The e-mailer specifically referenced an earlier shooting in Montreal in 1989 in which shooter there, Marc Lepine, murdered fourteen women and claimed he was “fighting feminism.”

Ms. Sarkeesian had planned to speak to students and faculty at Utah State University on the subject of violence against women in video games..

The misogynistic email rant against Anita Sarkeesian stated in part:

“I have at my disposal a semi-automatic rifle, multiple pistols, and a collection of pipe bombs.  This will be the deadliest school shooting in American history and I’m giving you a chance to stop it. 
 “You have 24 hours to cancel Sarkeesian’s talk . . . Anita Sarkeesian is everything wrong with the feminist woman, and she is going to die screaming like the craven little whore that she is if you let her come to USU.  I will write my manifesto in her spilled blood, and you will all bear witness to what feminist lies and poison have done to the men of America.”

Sarkessian initially planned to go ahead with her talk at the university despite the threat, but she relented after officials told her that people with “concealed carry” permits in Utah were free to bring their handguns to the event.  Her First Amendment right to speak freely had been preempted by Joe Bob Shitkicker’s Second Amendment right to carry his guns anywhere he damned well pleased.

(You just can’t get more American than that!)

Even though an imbecile with access to email managed to keep Anita Sarkessian from speaking – and hundreds from hearing what she intended to say – I can’t help feeling that his anonymous threat served to underscore the message that she would have delivered.   Male violence toward women is about power and control, and it is a phenomenon that is learned – in places like the home – and even in video games.

And if a woman won’t voluntarily submit to a man’s will, then she must be forced to do it.

The knuckle-dragger proved her point!

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