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Could we repeal the Hughes Amendment in the next 7.5 years?

I don't have much else to say, it's just something I want to hear from you all on. It was passed in a really underhanded, illegitimate way, it's unpopular, and it has never saved a single life. Its biggest supporters are probably those who currently own items restricted by the amendment, which keeps prices artificially high.

Conditions in Washington seem favorable, and support for gun rights grows every year. Could it soon be time to finally put an end to it?

Anybody else use Adblock Browser on an iPhone?

It's always done the job quite well for me, until lately, when the ad blocking feature started silently failing. Closing the app and reopening it solves this.

I couldn't figure out what was doing it, but it's starting to look like he failure takes place after loading a page here on DI. Does it have something to do with the protections they put in place after this most recent hack attempt?

Are the elites really playing us against each other?

I see this talked about a lot. The real power players out there are always throwing wedge issues at us regular people to keep us at each other's throats, and thus keep us from uniting against our real enemy. From there, it seems to follow that if we weren't being influenced that way, or if we could resist it, we could come together and govern ourselves in a way that was much more beneficial to us all. This last point is key.

That makes a lot of sense on a surface level, but as I think about it, it seems more and more shaky.

I have beliefs regarding right and wrong. I have strong convictions about how I want to live my life, and the things I value the most. My observations tell me this is true of almost everyone, on all points of the political spectrum.

If I try to go about living my life and raising my kids according to those beliefs and convictions, and someone else comes along and decides they don't want me doing that, it seems incredibly natural that I'm not going to get along with that person. That person is also probably living their life in a way that someone else finds unacceptable somehow, and I would fully expect them not to get along either.

So far, this has all come about as a matter of course. So where does the artificial influence come in? More importantly, how would I ever come together and unite with this person who essentially hates my guts? What are we ever going to accomplish together that's going to make life better for both of us? It seems one or both of us would have to abandon principles very dear to us in order to get anywhere. And then, what's the point of being free of those manipulative elitist bastards at all?

This is as far as I've gotten so far on this train of thought. Might just be a bunch of word salad. Anyway, thoughts are welcome, even if those thoughts just consist of "You're an idiot".

I don't think most Democrats want to commit mass murder.

There's a lot of really intense rhetoric flying around today. Some of it is fairly ridiculous.

I think many Democrats are misguided and unreasonable, and a handful are actually pretty vile. But I'm firmly persuaded that most of you are disgusted and horrified by what happened today. Many others probably aren't that upset by the act itself, but are groaning at the knowledge that the incident is going to be thrown into your faces for the next few weeks.

For what it's worth, I would like to say that I don't think it's right to nail every Democrat, or even every DUer to the cross for the horrific crime of this one maniac.

Officer Betty Shelby found innocent.

Not Guilty: Jury Acquits Betty Shelby in Terence Crutcher Shooting

Most of us knew this was a good shoot, but just being innocent doesn't always protect you in court these days when you're a white police officer.

"Protests" are already underway. I guess I'm staying out of downtown for a while.

A proposal for nationwide handgun carry.

I'm interested in getting a framework in place for nationwide handgun carry. Here are the details of my proposal as they stand currently. If anyone responds with an idea that sounds reasonable, or I come up with something myself, I'll edit the OP.

1.) Citizens at or over the age of 18, who have not been adjudicated mentally unsound, and have not been found guilty of a felony or violent misdemeanor, may apply for a national handgun carry license.

2.) The license permits the holder to carry a handgun open or concealed in every state and territory bound by the United States constitution. Municipalities, counties and parishes may not pass a law nullifying this license.

3.) It shall be illegal to carry in certain Prohibited Places. The list of these places will apply in all places where the license is valid, and shall include:

a.) Government buildings staffed with armed security and equipped with metal detectors.

b.) Elementary and secondary schools, except with the express written permission of the chief administrator of the school. If this permission is revoked, the license holder must be informed at least 72 hours before the revocation takes effect.

4.) Places not on the list of Prohibited Places may prohibit handgun carry by policy. The establishment must prominently post a sign conforming to a standard format and size. A license holder who enters such a place may be instructed to leave. If the license holder refuses, he or she may be prosecuted for trespassing, and upon conviction, the license will be suspended for a period of 6 months.

5.) The application fee shall be $100, and the license shall remain valid for 10 years, unless the license holder becomes ineligible. Applicants whose income is below the poverty level may apply for free.

6.) The bureau in charge of licensing shall have 10 days from the date of application to complete a criminal and mental health background check, and approve or deny the license. If the application is not processed within that time limit, the bureau shall be responsible for a fee of $1000, payable to the applicant.

7.) An approved handgun carry education course shall be required. The course shall include safe handling, basic marksmanship, retention, self-defense law, and conflict resolution.

8.) If an eligible person applies for the license but has not received the required training, a Provisional License shall be granted, valid for 6 months. The license holder must provide proof of training within these 6 months, or the Provisional License will expire and the application fee will not be refunded. The applicant will not be approved again until he or she presents proof of training.

9.) It shall be illegal to be in possession of a handgun with a blood alcohol content exceeding 0.04%. If the license holder is found guilty of doing so, the license will be suspended for 5 years.

10.) States may still issue licenses, and may set their own laws governing state-issued licenses.

I'm sure there's more I haven't thought to include. I'd love some help hammering out any further details.

Whiteness History Month: Louis Pasteur

In honor of Portland Community College's "Whiteness History Month", I'm proud to present Louis Pasteur. Please join me in celebrating the achievements of this brilliant white man!

Louis Pasteur (/ˈluːi pæˈstɜːr/, French: ; December 27, 1822 – September 28, 1895) was a French chemist and microbiologist renowned for his discoveries of the principles of vaccination, microbial fermentation and pasteurization. He is remembered for his remarkable breakthroughs in the causes and preventions of diseases, and his discoveries have saved countless lives ever since.
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I am now an official handgun license instructor!

My final piece of paperwork has finally gone through, and I am certified to give the Oklahoma handgun license class! It's been a bit of a struggle, due to some sickness and, of course, the obstacle course laid out by the state.

Having been struggling in a line of work that's been hit pretty hard by the economy in the past few years, I sat down with my wife and started thinking about a job that would actually be satisfying and rewarding; something I would actually call a career(she, brilliant as she is, chose her own career path this way while I mostly stumbled into my original one. The results were as you might expect). And once I started thinking in those terms, it hit me like a freight train.

A few months later, I'm setting out to make a living doing what I'm really enthusiastic about: putting more guns in the hands of more good people in more places.
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