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I'll have to watch that sometime! It looks interesting. I was leaning more towards Minority Report but have only seen the last half of it.
Child marriage, the only legitimate planned parenthood. /s
I'm pretty sure there was a movie about this.
Was that banned in China?
Buffalo Trace is good, and I can second the recommendations for Maker's, Four Roses Single Barrel, and Bulleit. I'm partial to Maker's myself but mostly because I can get it at a good price. Make sure and try several if you can! I know the liquor store close to me sells half-fifths of several brands which is less of an investment for something you might not like.
I get it. Just a pet peeve. You bring up the '94 ban which is indeed torturous, and I would argue further, didn't actually address the characteristics of "assault weapons" that make them more deadly. But the characteristics that they ultimately settled on are semantics, and without arguing semantics no legislation will actually get put forward. It also lends more credibility to your position, and while you clearly know your stuff I can't say the same about the author of the linked article.
But we both want to try to eliminate this problem, which is the dramatic uptick in the number of mass shootings across America in recent years. And obviously AR-15-derived platforms are, like you said, disproportionately represented in these shootings. Of course, more than half of the legislators in America today are part of a party opposed to any new restrictions on firearms, so that may be Step 0. And after that, we have options to ban, restrict, and disincentivize, but the approach will have to be multi-pronged. Speaking from anecdote, a majority of gun owners are okay with universal background checks, a significant minority are okay with a feature-specific ban, and a small minority would consider a buyback program. I don't know any gun owner today that supports a blanket ban, like the UK and Australia.
A Mini-14 looks different from an AR-15, but it shoots the same round and has the same magazine capacity options. And if we get sloppy about semantics then the only difference we will make is that the next shooter's weapon will have wood furniture and a rifle grip.
This is an interesting take, although it does raise a question about what else Visa could block and what kind of activism we'd be okay with them dabbling in. But good lord it grinds my gears whenever someone uses the term "assault weapon" and I know that's the wrong thing to focus on but please at least have some familiarity with the subject you are writing about. "AR-15 style semiautomatic firearm" is better, but later the author uses the term again and even references "assault rifles" in a later paragraph. Pedantic, perhaps, but Wal-Mart definitely never sold those.
I like that a conversation is happening. It needs to happen. There are solutions out there. I don't think the solution in this article is the answer, but it's an angle I hadn't considered.
If they're trying to pull America apart like a piece of taffy, it makes sense to do it from both ends. Bernie was the furthest left viable candidate last election (sorry Jill Stein). At least that's how I figured it.