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    5 dead, 16 hospitalized in mass shooting at Highland Park Fourth of July parade, shooter being sought

    You have to love an argument that goes - you can infringe as many rights as you like of others to stop gun crime, as long as you don't infringe any right to own a gun. It's a special type of logic.
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    New Zealand politics. Does this sound like a right wing politician to you?

    NZ politics would be a massive breath of fresh air for many Americans. Very stably centrist, often ranked least corrupt in the world, strong mix of youth in govt, and few past 60 years old. Religion is not anywhere near influencing policy. Switches regularly between left and right orientated...
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    5 dead, 16 hospitalized in mass shooting at Highland Park Fourth of July parade, shooter being sought

    Mental health, discipline, law & order (other than shootings) - the US lines up ok with other Western nations. Gun crime is the outlier. Why is that?
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    If Everyone Had A gun, 4th Of July Parades Would Be safe

    That thought seems sort of logical, but only until you try to prove it. Reality is that in similar countries that control guns, the chance of a normal person being confronted by a criminal with gun is next to non existant. I've lived and worked in several of them. Guns just aren't given a...
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    5 dead, 16 hospitalized in mass shooting at Highland Park Fourth of July parade, shooter being sought

    Add in a culture that glorifies consumerism and leaves behind those who don't earn enough. Add in a work culture that gives a fraction of the Western norm for family time. Add in the wealthy worlds worst income disparity. Add in a level of political division that is wider than in other wealthy...
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    Wil Trump announce his candidacy for President early to try and stop an indictment and should it matter?

    Not sure what you've been eating, but that's a hell of a result for the 4th 😂
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    If all firearms disappeared tomorrow would crime go down permanently? Or would the criminals eventually substitute other weapons to commit crimes?

    Baseball bats, axe handles, knives and other stuff that don't do what guns do. That's the experience outside the US at least. The trouble in taking the guns away is that generations of easy access to lethal weapons has probably created a psyche that might be harder to remove than the guns. US...
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    School's out forever: Arizona moves "to kill public education" with new universal voucher law

    There is a small problem with that. It would need teachers conditions to be good enough to regularly attract quality applicants rather than always being desperate to get enough staff. You couldn't pay me enough to deal with what many parents deliver up as children today. Sort out the parenting...
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    School's out forever: Arizona moves "to kill public education" with new universal voucher law

    Maybe if parents raised their children with a little less 'entitlement' teachers would have a better chance of educating them.
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    School's out forever: Arizona moves "to kill public education" with new universal voucher law

    You can envisage what will happen. Private schools will take the govt funding and a bit more from the parents. Those that can afford the bit more will end up with kids at private schools. That leaves poorer families at public schools who have less funding and less ability to attract good...
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    Politicians Rejecting Election Results

    And I bet all those "real concerned" people are real careful not to make claims against Dominion that might end up in court. The GOP have a perfect platform to prove their concerns about Dominion in the Rudi, Sydney etc court cases. They can get all their evidence in front of the world and...
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    Trump proven unfit for power again by Washington Examiner

    I'm not a Biden fan, but I am also realistic enough to know that the inflation and fuel costs driving a lot of negative public opinion are not issues he created through policy, nor ones he can immediately mitigate. I'm also not seeing any realistic answers from the GOP. Just a lot of hysteria...
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    Trump proven unfit for power again by Washington Examiner

    Imo, DeS abused his political power to infringe Disney's 1st amendment rights. Can't see how you can argue otherwise?? I'm not considering the morals of the case, just the process vs what I expect from a political leader. I would say the same if some Dem leader used their political position to...
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    Trump proven unfit for power again by Washington Examiner

    Pretty much this imo. DeS could be a little more smooth than DT, but possibly even more dangerous. How he hasn't been impeached for abusing first amendment rights is a sign of another set of cultists being enthralled. Why does the supposed party of freedom have a love affair with authoritarian...
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    21 year old woman dies after being shot while at a bar in North Philly.

    Executing drug users/suppliers in several Asian countries hasn't stopped drug crimes in them. USA having the worlds highest incarceration rate hasn't done much for the crime rates either. Whilst personally I would happily execute or permanently imprison people for repeat serious crimes, i would...
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