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    through threats of violence which can be imposed by both vigilantes and through the law.  In my multi-racial family (headed by a same sex couple) we talk about this a lot.  Most of the gun laws and the rhetorical flourishes around them are intended to create intimidation through violence.  We wield the law the same way--creating constant threats against young men of color often simply for the "affront" of being visible.  GLBT people and women are also targets of these attempts to control through threats of violence, but to a lesser extent.  But the impulse to control the bodies of others through violence and the misuse of the law is at the root of it and we must stand together and say NO! No More!

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