As much as people bash on it, I've been ruthlessly impressed by the DSA- especially local ones.

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Why the Left Needs its own Gun Culture 

1. You have right wing militias going up to governors packing intense amounts of heat. Now the pigs didn't do much which is in part due to their politics aligning closer to fascists than socialists, and the fact that cops are- in fact- human and can feel fear.

-They won't hear us, so they better fucking fear us. Yes they'll be more likely to act on leftists if we are open carrying, but they already act on peaceful protestors without provocation anyway.

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Why the Left Needs its own Gun Culture 

4. Right wingers dictate the conversation around guns, meaning people that want guns will only hear about it from a fascist perspective.
- if leftists have a culture of guns then we can get some of those people before they're too far gone.

5. We aren't overthrowing the government in some violent revolution, I'm not saying that. This is about communal safety and self reliance. We don't need pigs to protect us, we only need each other.

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Why the Left Needs its own Gun Culture 

2. We need to be able to defend our communities from fascists. If they know a block has 10 AR15's on it, they'll be less likely to want to start shit. They will always prey on weak targets, so we need to be stronger.

3. A gun is a tool like any other. A dangerous tool, but a tool. The only time I've ever felt safe walking around town at night was when I had something to defend myself. You likely won't ever have to fire your gun to deescalate a situation.

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Entryism 

Will pigs fight against the national guard if they're called in? Will they protect protestors from right wingers? Fuck no. So don't give them an inch of our space.

Now, will a former liberal or right-winger turned leftist put themselves between the police and vulnerable communities? I've seen more of that than cops ever helping someone.

Learn who you're talking to, what they can use their privelage for to help, and keep on that.

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Entryism 

Now these people- any people new to leftism- will fuck up, that's a given. So you need to know how to mitigate that damage. The short of it is (this goes for all organizing and actions): don't tell anyone anything they don't need to know.

So when I see pigs showing faux support for protests, I ask what the hell they'll do to defend people. It's the same thing I asked everyone who I helped get to our side of things. (Cont)

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Entryism. 

Let's talk about entryism and new leftists. I've done a fair bit of entryism work- focusing primarily on young men that were heading towards right wing spheres of the internet.

The thing about this kind of entrysim-where you deal with potentially very volatile people- is that the people you talk to are often very privileged and have a lot to make up for.

Meaning that they simultaneously have to be convinced of leftist politics and want to prove themselves to be responsible. (Cont)

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@ white queer folks 

Don't say stuff like "trans lives matter" or "queer lives matter" etc. That's not our saying to repurpose.

We have a million other sayings/slogans to say about queers in particular- use those instead.

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Examples:

Good: Protest in city, where are people needed?

Bad: omg I'm so excited to help speak up for BIPOC and I'm gonna do so much and hdsfjdsfasdfsd fucjk those copssssss

Good: Cops from West coming

Bad: omg I just got tear gassed and it hurt a lot and omg

Good: Here's a BIPOC that gave me some good advice

Bad: Let me tell you the advice I heard from someone. I am great at this.

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Remember, the first step is to decenter yourself.

I get it, you're trying to learn about how to help uplift BIPOC voices better.

But, you need to take it away from yourself.

It isn't about you.

It's about them.

Wild that many of us still have to go to work during this. Like, we are just required to still wage slave to live during everything????

The pigs fucking applauded protestors on Saturday. I had a bit of hope since stores were closing early today but god damn.

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Like, i hate all states, but mine really likes to act all progressive and "we do our best" while it's a right wing hell hole

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Why the Left Needs its own Gun Culture 

@adriana Historically the side the military is with, wins the coup. Lets stop letting the right control the narrative, lets stop allowing the right wing to victimize LGBT people. I wanna see less hate crimes, and hopefully legal and lethal self defence. Those bigots should be afraid to hurt trans women, not think of us as weak. they should be afraid to hurt PoC, and religious minorities.

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Why the Left Needs its own Gun Culture 

@adriana this thread times a million. I love it. The LGBT gun club of less than 10k isn't enough. The SRA isn't enough. Not only do we need a leftist gun culture, but we need to be inclusive to veterans that recognize the USA for what it is. An invader, a victimizer, that supports genocide. Because at the end of the day they can become comrades (or already have become) and can train our militias. Not just militarily but technologically.

I don't want to get a Facebook but I might need one since apparently that's where all news and info on where people are going is at. My Walmart closes early today cuz of rioting and I ain't even seen shit

Why the Left Needs its own Gun Culture 

4. Right wingers dictate the conversation around guns, meaning people that want guns will only hear about it from a fascist perspective.
- if leftists have a culture of guns then we can get some of those people before they're too far gone.

5. We aren't overthrowing the government in some violent revolution, I'm not saying that. This is about communal safety and self reliance. We don't need pigs to protect us, we only need each other.

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