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Trump 'seriously' considering banning suppressors after Virginia Beach shooting
Trump 'seriously' considering banning suppressors after Virginia Beach shooting
(06-05-2019, 11:26 PM)Unicorn Wrote: Trump 'seriously' considering banning suppressors after Virginia Beach shooting

Yeah, right.  And Trump also wants to give everyone a pony.
Intelligence is not knowledge and knowledge is not wisdom, but they all play well together.
If Obamacare has not been repealed, the trade deficit is rising, the debt is increasing, the US is still at war, the Bill of Rights has not been restored, there is no wall, and Assange is in jail, but Clinton isn't, is Trump any different from Obama?


3D chess, right?
1. The degradation of Americans' personal freedom began in earnest under Dubya as a response to 9/11. The danger of terrorism has abated greatly, but most of the restrictions remain. I suggest that those were convenient for the Big Government right-wingers of recent years.

The optimal time for undoing the more severe gutting of personal freedom would have been in the wake of the whacking of Osama bin Laden, but any effort to do so would have failed. The Right wanted only the freedom to monopolize and gouge while smashing labor unions and weakening regulation of business on matters not related to terrorism (like environmental controls).

2. Without question, Donald Trump is an authoritarian leader who seeks to transform government into an enforcer of the will of the economic elites. Expecting him to undo the degradation of personal freedom beginning with Dubya is like expecting safe driving by a drunk.

3. The deficit has risen because of Dubya's wars for profit, the Panic of 2008 that looked like the start of another Great Depression, and big tax cuts for the Master Class under Dubya and Trump.

4. Trade deficits follow the business cycle. People import less in a recession. The best way to get balance-of-payments surpluses is to have a recession in one;s own country while other countries boom.

5. How does Trump differ from Obama?

Trump lacks the personal integrity, caution, respect for expertise, modulated language, reverence for protocol and precedent, and compassion for people in bad situations that one associates with Obama. Trump has an image of the Presidency as a near-dictatorship in which he can order anyone in the government about as if he were their direct boss. He acts as if he can order a scientist to negate scientific research because the President believes that global warming is a hoax.

The next effective conservative President will act more like Obama than like Trump. I have frequently compared Obama to Eisenhower.
The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the dedicated Communist  but instead the people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction, true and false, no longer exists -- Hannah Arendt.

Study Links Military Suicides, Firearm Access
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By Jason Devaney | Friday, 07 June 2019 12:32 PM

A new study found a link between access to firearms and the growing problem of military suicides.

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The results of the study conducted by multiple psychology experts were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association on Friday. They showed that 135 active-duty Army soldiers who took their own lives were more likely to own firearms, have access to them, and keep ammunition at home.

The study examined the self-inflicted deaths of the soldiers from Aug. 1, 2011 to Nov. 1, 2013. Those soldiers had higher rates of firearm ownership and access.

"In this study, in addition to gun ownership, ease and immediacy of firearm access were associated with increased suicide risk," the study reads. "Discussion with family members and supervisors about limiting firearm accessibility should be evaluated for potential intervention."

The study also noted that military suicides became more prevalent in the wake of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. 2012 saw the most suicides, and the rate is still higher than combat deaths.

Last year, meanwhile, saw the highest rate of military suicides — a combined 321 among active-duty soldiers, Marines, airmen, and sailors — in six years.

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(06-12-2019, 10:36 PM)Dutch Wrote: Americans said alcohol was dangerous so it must be banned. Americans then found out that it wasn't so dangerous and it was legalized again.

Americans said marijuana was unsafe so it must be outlawed. Americans then found out that it wasn't so dangerous and it was legalized again.

Now Americans scream guns are dangerous so they must be illegal.

If people were wrong before then how can they be so sure that they are right now?

Alcohol is dangerous, though MJ, not so much, but the choice to use it rests with the user and most likely victim.  Guns, on the other hand, only have one function: to make holes in things.  If people are the chosen target, death is common.  Why is this so hard?
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