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    GM Joe reacted to TrickstaPriest in Coronavirus   
    I mean, propaganda works.
     
     
    If people want to continue to compare deaths to natural causes - the Spanish Flu's US death toll was 0.7% of the total population in a year.
     
    Heart disease is 0.2% and cancer 0.18% of the population every year.
     
    So, something that hit us so hard it won't leave our memory, the Spanish Flu, was still 'only' twice as much as our two normal/natural leading killers in this country put together.
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    GM Joe reacted to unclevlad in Coronavirus   
    Rumor is that Hell is busily remodeling the Malebolges to create a new level for politicians and physicians who betray their constituents, their oaths of office, and their oaths as healers for power.  They foresee a massive influx, I'm told.
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    GM Joe got a reaction from Pariah in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Which is so strange to me. We allow "free speech zones," libel laws, and all kinds of restrictions on other rights. But somehow guns rights are supposed to be absolute.
     
    The only difference I can see is that guns are a product, and there's an industry that wants no restrictions on its ability to sell its products.
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    GM Joe got a reaction from TrickstaPriest in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Which is so strange to me. We allow "free speech zones," libel laws, and all kinds of restrictions on other rights. But somehow guns rights are supposed to be absolute.
     
    The only difference I can see is that guns are a product, and there's an industry that wants no restrictions on its ability to sell its products.
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    GM Joe reacted to Lord Liaden in Coronavirus   
    China’s New Outbreak Shows Signs the Virus Could Be Changing
     
    Please take serious note of the word, "could."  The article describes the other factors that could explain this data, and that even if it's true it need not be disastrous.
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    GM Joe got a reaction from assault in Coronavirus   
    At the same time, essential workers should be paid accordingly and given every reasonable protection.
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    GM Joe got a reaction from Zeropoint in Coronavirus   
    At the same time, essential workers should be paid accordingly and given every reasonable protection.
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    GM Joe reacted to Cancer in Coronavirus   
    From Science: About superspreaders
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    GM Joe got a reaction from Lord Liaden in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Which is so strange to me. We allow "free speech zones," libel laws, and all kinds of restrictions on other rights. But somehow guns rights are supposed to be absolute.
     
    The only difference I can see is that guns are a product, and there's an industry that wants no restrictions on its ability to sell its products.
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    GM Joe reacted to pawsplay in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    "Regulated" in the 18th century was often synonymous with "trained" or "functioning according to its purpose." Like a well-regulated clock. Something that is regular, in the positive sense. Here is a link to Wikipedia which discusses this:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution#Meaning_of_"well_regulated_militia"
    The Second Amendment could be rendered:
    "Because of the need to be able to muster an effective, disciplined force of lawful civilians into a defensive force to protect the community in times of civil disorder or external threat, the government shall not unduly restrict the natural right of the citizens to have and use personal weapons suitable for that purpose."
     
    Which is why I believe the Second Amendment probably means the government cannot simply ban semiautomatic rifles, because those are the basic, modern type of personal firearm one would use for defense and order. However, I believe the second amendment allows, and perhaps demands, that someone exercising that right not be someone who would be excluded from being deputized or drafted, whether due to serious felonies or inability due to serious psychological or mental inability. I think the question can be posed, "Do you need a 30 round magazine to use on a regular basis, in order to meaningfully exercise that right?" And I think the answer is probably not, you can probably participate in suppressing a riot five rounds at a time. I think it's reasonable the government insist on some limits on items that are more likely to be used for mass murder than a reasonable, lawful act. So, for instance, high capacity magazines might require a special license. Because your use and training in a semiautomatic rifle could be of use in a "militia," said if you were deputized, or joined a service branch, I think a case could be made for "will-issue" licenses to people without a criminal history. That is, if you pay the license and fulfill the other requirements, the government probably can't restrict you from owning such a weapon and practicing with it on a firing range.
     
    Arguably, your Second Amendment rights could be modeled after European models, where rifles are assigned to people and the keeper practices regularly at a training center. But that does cut against a substantial amount of precedent.
     
    Notably the Second Amendment concerns the natural right of self-defense and community defense, not some abstract need to at a later date possibly dismantle the government itself.
     
     
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    GM Joe got a reaction from Grailknight in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Which is so strange to me. We allow "free speech zones," libel laws, and all kinds of restrictions on other rights. But somehow guns rights are supposed to be absolute.
     
    The only difference I can see is that guns are a product, and there's an industry that wants no restrictions on its ability to sell its products.
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    GM Joe reacted to Old Man in Coronavirus   
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    GM Joe reacted to Lawnmower Boy in Coronavirus   
    Just spitballing here, but have you guys considered nationalizing your healthcare industry?
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    GM Joe reacted to Matt the Bruins in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    "Sorry old chap, I only speak the Queen's English. Still, it's possible the two may have enough similarities for the purpose of simple communication."
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    GM Joe reacted to Cygnia in Coronavirus   
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    GM Joe reacted to Lord Liaden in Coronavirus   
    Governments can declare things open all they want. The public will decide when that happens.
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    GM Joe reacted to Duke Bushido in Champions: The Super Role Playing Game (4th edition)   
    Only two?!
     
    Piker!
     
     

     
     
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