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  2. In Alabama one can legally purchase an Assault Rifle, but it is illegal to purchase a Kinder Egg or a Dildo I for one have not heard of any “Mass Choking” by miniature toys or MultipleDeaths by Orgasm in the places where such are legally available.
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  4. further - There's been plenty of analysis this week on what has made the US such a stark outlier internationally when it comes to gun violence, and particularly mass shootings. This analysis has been going on for years; in 2017 a New York Times piece dove into the data, coming up with one answer - it's not mental health, it's not video games, it's not the overall level of violent crime - it's all the guns. Americans make up 4% of the world's population but own 42% of the guns, and studies have found that has a clear connection to the odds of it experiencing a mass shooting. "American crime is simply more lethal", the piece concluded. "A New Yorker is just as likely to be robbed as a Londoner, for instance, but the New Yorker is 54 times more likely to be killed in the process." This is - incredibly, unfortunately - a partisan issue. The New York Times this week asked all 50 Republican senators whether they would now support two Bills that passed in the House last year, that would allow stronger background checks for gun buyers. Most of them declined to answer, or said they would not. Many leaned on the need for more information - as if the research, and the litany of tragedies stretching back decades, does not exist. https://www.stuff.co.nz/opinion/300599786/safety-illusion-fortress-schools-wont-solve-americas-tragic-mass-shootings
  5. Granted, Rape is a form of Sexual Assault, but is often interchangeable In most cases Physical presence is required for an assault to take place, otherwise it is classed as Sexual Harassment, the only one which does not require a presence is Grooming of a Minor, the alleged victim is 21 so not a minor. https://inspiredelearning.com/blog/sexual-harassment-vs-sexual-assault/ It’s common for the term “sexual assault” to be used interchangeably with “rape.” Still, other forms of sexual assault also include other non-consensual physical contact, such as groping, fondling, kissing, forcing the victim to touch a body part, statutory rape, and others.
  6. Sexually assaulted not the same as raped Physical presence isn't need for assault to take place
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  8. Yes, complete lala land. And they pay real world money for meta world real estate...
  9. Campaigners say the avatar of a 21-year-old researcher was sexually assaulted in Meta's virtual reality platform Horizon Worlds. Corporate accountability group SumOfUs, for whom the researcher works, says it shows Meta needs better plans to mitigate harms in the metaverse. Meta's annual shareholder meeting takes place on Wednesday. The company told the BBC there were safety tools in Horizon Worlds to help people have a "positive experience". Noting that Meta had not yet seen the full SumOfUs report, a spokesperson told the BBC the firm wanted everyone in Horizon Worlds to access the safety procedures "and help us investigate and take action". Link So a person that does not exist, is allegedly raped by another person who does not exist, in a place that does not exist Hold the Front Page Stop the world I wanna get off.
  10. The Northman 2022 In what could've been good, the actors look like they should be there, the story is weak, the execution pale, and in general, don't bother.
  11. What?Monkey pox season already?But I've still got my Ukraine decorations up
  12. As far as I am aware, there is a law passed by the Senate and ready to go, that is being held up in Congress by, wait for it, all the Republicans and that Democrat that thinks he's a Mining Baron Republican. I don't know the name/number of the law, but you can do your own research. The law is about making background checks compulsory when buying guns, to weed out bad men and nutters, it came about after Sandy Hook and Columbine. At the moment an 18 year old, sane or no, can go into a gun shop and come out looking like Rambo.
  13. Took him a while We is actually my point, Many people on the left also want the gun ownership without legal impediment
  14. Sanders has changed his tune recently ’We need to take on the NRA, expand background checks, end the gun show loophole, and ban the sale and distribution of assault weapons.” Soutce
  15. Vote Bernie Sanders? Oh shit, he's long been a pro gun supporter As have many demovrats Problem is Americans are parapoid They fear China, Mexico, they think marijuana will turn you into a hyperactive mass murderer They want guns because they think having a hidden 9mm pistol will fend off the USA Army/Navy/Air force if the USA Government decided to take over TAKE OVER???? WTF THEY ARE ALREADY IN CONTROL America's problems aren't gun laws, it's the USA Psychotic state of mind They fear every one They need guns
  16. Stop Voting Republican, the NRA are a major supporter of Republicans and campaign against democrats. The Republican Party cannot be impartial on this matter Review the Second Amendment, a law passed in 1791 needs to be brought up to date. I am not saying “Right to bear Arms” should be restricted to Muskets and Flintlocks, but the reason why there were no mass shootings in the past was because the shooter could be overpowered whilst reloading.
  17. Semi Automatics were banned in 1988 following the Hungerford Massacre https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Firearms_(Amendment)_Act_1988 There are still illegally held guns and gun crimes. Gun deaths but at a rate of 0.23 per 100,000 compared to 12.21 per 100,000 in the US, I. The USA over 50 times more likely of being killed by a gun than the UK.
  18. UK no idea. In Germany you got to be a member of a shooting club. No automatic rifles. Rare mass shootings typically originate from young people stealing legal guns from their father. If you think the German gun market has anything to do with what happens in USA you are dead wrong. " How to fix this " ? Stop selling guns to anybody.
  19. So how to fix this? What is done in the UK or Germany?
  20. The entertaining part of it will again be the comments of the gun manufacturing industry. Which will explain that they do everything to avoid this kind of drama and it has nothing to do with selling guns to any idiot.
  21. And yet another one At least 18 young children and a teacher have died in a shooting at a primary school in south Texas. The 18-year-old gunman opened fire at Robb Elementary School in the city of Uvalde before he was killed by law enforcement, officials said. Investigators say the suspect was armed with a handgun, an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and high-capacity magazines. The teenager is suspected of shooting his grandmother at the start of the rampage. Link Cant have Gun Control now can we, that will go against the Second Amendment written in 1791 when guns were Muskets and Flintlocks capable of 3-4 rounds per minute tops depending on reloading rate compared to 45 round per minute AR-15 Assault Rifle which everybody needs
  22. She 'only' had about $500 in her bank account and sometimes they ask for a bank statement so I loaned her a few hundred. Also, we went and got over 3.5 mil (over 10k USD) in travel insurance from AXA which seems to the insurer of choice that the Thai authorities would recognize. 2,500 baht for each policy. My 2 biggest worries is getting on the plane and then through customs but we are getting her visa first from the Thai embassy so it shouldn't be a problem but you never know about the Thais, they have a lot of workers who were/are poor, given some authority and they feel good about telling farangs 'No' for the slightest reasons.
  23. I'm definitely interested but I didn't vote as, like many people I suspect, I am not sure when I will be in town. I hope to revert to visiting Bangkok 2 or 3 times per year but as I tend to book tickets just a couple of weeks before travelling, I can't say when I'll be in town. But for sure, if a date was announced, I would do my level best to make it. I suspect others might be in a similar situatin - not sure when they'll be in town but if they are in town they'd definitely attend.
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