You may have noticed I haven't been blogging much in the last few months. I have finally crawled out from under a very lengthy scholarly article for my job, which turned out to be around thirty-thousand words long -- nearly a small book! Once a co-author finishes a small section, I'll finally be able to send it off to the publisher (I had been invited to write for). That, combined with family issues, seriously restricted the amount of time I had for blogging. Too bad I'm not paid to do the gun control activism! There have been SO many issues related to gun violence it has been almost painful to keep from spending my time bringing them to you. Barring unforeseen events, I should be able to get back to it now.
I haven't been idle, though. A small part of my time has been spent planning an event for this weekend, for Ceasefire Oregon, which will coincide with the Eugene Celebration, a yearly festival in downtown Eugene, Oregon, where I live. More on that this weekend.
Every once in a while I peruse the pro-gun blogs to see what they're writing about, so I've done a little of that. It's the usual stuff about how great guns are, how horrible our liberal leaders are, and the usual nonsense about how the government and us "anti-gun cultists" are out to get them. One blogger posted a racist joke, likening Michelle Obama to Cheeta the chimpanzee from Tarzan. Of course I called him out on it, and he tried to deny the connection, as obvious as it is.
Another few bloggers attacked an article about the ASK program (a program which advocates for parents to ask about guns and other dangers where their children play). They belittled the commentator who had advocated for ASK, suggesting that she wasn't concerned about other dangers, like heroin usage in the home (!?) or sex abuse (!), that it's unnecessary because kids will avoid guns just because you tell them to, and actually advocating that you lie to the parents and tell them that you don't have a gun in the home if you really do! I left a comment refuting the ignorance of this blogger. Within a few hours (at 3:30AM!) I get an email from him trying to lure me into a debate about it and warning me that if I didn't do so he would label me a "troll" and bar me from his site. When I finally got around to his site a couple days later, he had posted about me, making fun of my name, suggesting I was fat, belittling my family's training in kung fu (which I had commented on at another site), and labeled me a "troll" because I hadn't gotten back to him, then saying he'd barred me from commenting (even though he's the one who's trolling around at all hours). Well, all I can say is that there's a name for someone who tries to intimidate people, calls them names, makes fun of their names and weight, and makes arrogant and belittling remarks: BULLY. Gee, I wonder why no one posts comments on his site other than his extremist pals?