Another day, another double standard for women

Really nice, pretty much sums up the whole social conservative position on women and guns, and in more than one way:

Salon — A man in Florida shoots a man he finds having sex with his wife, killing him. A woman in Florida shoots the wall to scare off an abusive husband, harming nobody. Guess which one was acquitted? Guess which one was convicted? …

But you don’t have to guess, do you? I bet you can even guess which shooter was white and which was black.


  1. StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return! says

    Well, logically, the one that did no harm and was actually defending herself so that would be the woman aquitted and the man convicted, surely?

    But I’ve got an awful feeling this obvious reasonable outcome isn’t the actual one that transpired.

  2. left0ver1under says

    Also of relevance in one of those cases is the ridiculous “stand your ground” law.

    Marissa Alexander was deemed “dangerous” and given 20 years, yet around the same time, Jorge Saavedra stabbed a bully to death with a knife. Both used “stand your ground” as their defense. One was never charged, the other convicted in a show trial.

    “Stand your ground” has nothing to do with self-defense, which was a sufficient defense. The purpose of “stand your ground” is to protect and reward aggressive acts against others who pose no threat (re: George Zimmerman).

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