The personal is always political.
If you missed my Twitter thread, here is the beginning:
So, yes, I was assaulted. It wasn't a serious assault. I didn't at any time fear for my life. But I'd be lying if I said I weren't cognizant of the fact that this young man could return to the library with a weapon to exact some revenge for the "disrespect" he suffered.
And yet: I don't want to be armed. I don't want library staff to walk around with Glocks. Librarians do a lot of things; some even administer life-saving medicine to overdosing heroin addicts. As I said, the world is not apart from what we do, but at the center of it.
However, as librarians and library workers, our vocation is to make the world a better place, not to succumb to its worst impulses. As gun-masturbators screech that the answer is to have everyone armed, I stick by my beliefs: the answer is to remove the 300 million firearms from the public space.
The Second Amendment posits gun rights as a corollary to a "well-regulated militia". The last time I checked, state militias were a thing of the past. The Second Amendment is a dead letter, bereft of its purpose. And no, a few bubbas getting together on weekends in camouflage do not constitute a militia, save in their own fevered minds.
As I came face to face with violence, I thought of the thousands of kids across the country walking out of class, demanding that the adults responsible for their safety do something besides offer up more guns, besides continuing to offer them up to Moloch as a sacrifice for a legal principle which no longer obtains.
People have lost their fear. The fear of death is finally overriding the fear of politics. The possibility of random, yet avoidable, death focuses the mind. These kids don't want their young lives snuffed out before they begin. They want to live their lives without fear, the way kids in Sweden or Britain or France do. You know, the countries who manage to remain free without being awash in guns. They're channeling their fear and overcoming it, becoming powerful. They're taking the Bene Geserit Litany Against Fear, letting the little-death pass over them until only they remain.
I'm worried about returning to work today. But I'm not fearful. What happens will happen. And the country is awakening from its fear. It took seventeen martyrs to do so. And, yes, more will die. But a giant has been awakened. And the Lilliputians hawking fear are no match for it.
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