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02:59 pm: More Guns! And Violence!
In Virginia, open carry is legal. If a restaurant or store doesn't want people with guns to come in, they have to put a sign up. Well, on the news last night, a restaurant here in Manassas had nine folks with their guns showing come in to eat dinner. The restaurant had complaints and some folks called police. Instead of telling people that it was legal for the gun-owners to be there, since there wasn't a sign, the police told the restaurant owner that it was up to him, and he wanted them out. Now there's going to be an internal investigation. I thought our officers were better grounded in the law.

And in other violence, in a WashPost article on Britney Spears, the female writer says:

"After all, every woman, if she has lived long enough, has had a moment of unadulterated rage. Blind indignation. Righteous wrath. Mind goes blank. Grabs a pot of grits. Breaks the vase. Slams the bedroom door so hard it comes off the hinges. Takes an umbrella to his windshield, making not a dent but proving a point."

Now, I've never done that. I've certainly been really angry, but I don't break or throw things. How about the women reading this? Have you ever destroyed things in rage?



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Date:February 27th, 2007 08:35 pm (UTC)
I thought breaking things was something women did in comics... I'm not saying that it couldn't possibly happen, but accidents can always happen.

In my experience, only very few people -- men or women -- get violent when they get angry, but I don't know if it's common to direct it towards things rather than people.

(By the way, I think this is the first time I comment on your journal: Hello, I'm Karin, and I know you from rasfc)
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Date:February 27th, 2007 08:53 pm (UTC)
Not deliberately. I might get frustrated and clumsy and drop something, but I don't damage things or throw them because I'm angry. I certainly don't damage other people's stuff. And yes, I can be incandescent with rage. It just doesn't take me that way.

Date:February 27th, 2007 09:26 pm (UTC)
Nope. I've only ever slammed a door (post-adolescence) once in my life, and it wasn't the kind of slam that did any damage to the door. My unadulterated ire usually occurs behind the wheel, when some fuckwit does something life threatening, and then only my language is violent. I don't drive more aggressively or do anything else physical to vent that rage.

I read that article also, and thought that while the author had a point about the potential for her whackitude being postpartum depression, most of it was just rambling nonsense along the lines of, "Susie off the Street says she thinks Britney is sad, and can relate to her issues with the paparazzi [what kind of normal person can relate to being followed by paparazzi, I ask you?], while Morris in the Parking Garage says he thinks she's off the rails and should be institutionalized."

Well, that's useful journalism. Thanks, WaPo.
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Date:February 27th, 2007 09:32 pm (UTC)
I always tried not to break things, though I often did just want to smash something to pieces. I have been known to slam doors and, on one memorable occasion, hurl a lettuce violently to the ground. G often says I threw it at him, but I didn't.

I also found that kicking the crap out of something unbreakable, like a plastic wastebin, was very helpful.
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Date:February 28th, 2007 12:25 am (UTC)
Once in a fit of rage that left me unable to speak I broke dishes. However, I was careful only to break old ones I didn't want any more. And I broke them by throwing them forcefully into the sink so that the mess would be contained and no one would get hurt.

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Date:February 28th, 2007 12:26 am (UTC)
Not I. I've slammed a few doors, but neither broke them nor wanted to.

(That's one of those lovely irrefutable claims, because the author can always say "well, give it time, you haven't lived long enough," even to a woman twice her age.)
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