See, it’s bullshit like this that motivates me to destroy gender roles, not just for feminism’s sake, but for men as well. This child did not, obviously, think things through before he tried to prove how “manly” he was to his friends on video chat. He put a gun to his head and pulled the trigger, not realizing that the gun was loaded.
About 1:15 a.m., the teen was video-chatting — police believe it was either over Skype or another video-chat service called ooVoo — with an as-yet-unidentified person while his brothers were asleep in the room in their Kensington house.
Sometime during the video chat, things went horribly wrong.
“His manhood or his ego was challenged and he said something along the lines of, ‘I’ll show you,’” Gallagher said. “He thought he was clowning around, trying to shock the other party on the Internet site.”
That’s when the teen picked up his older brother’s gun and, believing it was unloaded, put it to his head and pulled the trigger, police said.
This is a damn good justification for gun control as well — for instance, legal requirements that demand that you keep your guns secured at all times. That way, the gun’s owner, the kid’s older brother, could be charged with criminal negligence in this child’s grievous injury and very probable death. The brother didn’t think the gun was loaded either. And nobody tried to keep him from committing this act of defiant stupidity.
Let’s reiterate: a boy is braindead because he was compelled to “prove” his masculinity to some friends, and did so with a loaded gun.
Tell me this isn’t a damn good reason to break the cycle of toxic masculinity, of everyone drumming “manliness” as equated to reckless stupidity into their children’s minds. This child did not need to die this way, especially not at the altar of traditional gender roles.