“Two Gloucester brothers were arrested yesterday in the beating of a man outside a Gloucester bar Saturday morning, an attack that family and friends are calling a hate crime. Gloucester police charged Jonathan Chadwick, 23, and his brother William, 21, with aggravated assault and battery and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in the beating of Justin Goodwin, 33, of Salem. He was beaten outside Old Timer’s Tavern on Rogers Street at about 12:30 a.m. Goodwin, who underwent nearly 10 hours of surgery Sunday for severe head trauma at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, was first transported to Beverly Hospital following the beating, said Anna Vaters, a close friend who communicated with Goodwin in the hospital yesterday through written notes. Goodwin suffered injuries to his jaw, nose, cheekbone, and eye sockets, family members said. He cannot see out of his right eye or hear out of his right ear. His jaw will be wired shut for about two months, family members said.” [Boston Globe]
Not a terrible idea, in my opinion. If more of us were packing people would be significantly less likely to fuck with us.
@bigjake75: I think annihilating those who would attack us is a great way to help one another. If we start fighting back against our attackers with whatever force we deem necessary, sooner or later they’ll think twice about fucking with us in the first place. I’ll tell you right now that if someone ever decided they wanted to try to bash me or someone I cared about, they’d be in for a world of hurt, and they’d be very lucky if they could walk away from it by the time I was finished. I place no value on the life of a homophobe, much less a basher.
As far as this gun control argument, I really only have one point to make. If we instituted a ban on guns for the general public, then criminals would be the only people who are armed. It would make the black market on firearms explode, and then how would we defend ourselves? I think, if anything, every GLBT person should get licensed to own and carry a gun anywhere they are legally permitted to in their particular state. It’s definitely something I intend to do when I’m able to afford it. Being armed won’t necessarily prevent you from getting bashed, but it sure does give you a leg up in the event that it happens.
@strumpetwindsock: At present, no, I do not own a gun (I’m laid off and can’t afford such an expense). Yes, I do know how to fire one. My grandfather is a gun enthusiast and used to be a collector as well, so I grew up with guns and have fired them on many occasions.
I didn’t advocate “giv(ing) everyone guns,” as you might notice. I advocated GLBT people getting licensed, which in my area, maybe everywhere, requires passing a training course. If they then choose to seek ownership of a firearm, that’s their prerogative. Either way, it is a good idea to know how to use one, because you never know when a situation will arise where that would be a useful skill. Do I think we should arm ourselves? Absolutely. But I think we should seek proper training first.
@TANK: Yeah, and it’s pretty well documented that cops and government officials aren’t exactly friends of our community, much less the public at large.
I tend to lean left on most issues, but I guess you could call me a moderate-right where guns are concerned. I don’t think Joe Schmoe down the road needs to own an AK-47 “for hunting” but I think handguns, rifles, etc. are perfectly reasonable.
It’s always refreshing to see mature discussion here as opposed to the usual sniping, bickering, and name-calling. I feel really good about the state of the queer family now. We’re like a beautiful rainbow of glittery gumdrops shining over a magical land of polka-dotted unicorns and fruit punch rivers. I might just overdose on love if I’m not careful.