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July 8, 2016, 6:53 p.m.
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Mass shooting in Florida.

Unfortunately not all police are like that one.

Nor are all civilians who carry loaded firearms. I've seen three different videos of cops being shot during traffic stops. One of the shooters was black. One was white. I can't recall the race of the third.

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July 8, 2016, 5:40 p.m.
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Mass shooting in Florida.

I'd love to see a statement from an official source stating that Castile was resisting. Might be difficult as the Police Department and the officer involved in the shooting haven't made a statement yet.

According to Philando Castile's girlfriend, who was in the car with him at the time along with his child, the officer asked him for his license and registration after pulling them over for a broken taillight, he tells the officer that he is carrying and that he has a permit and that he is going to reach into his back pocket to get his wallet, when he reached for his wallet the cop then shot him 4 times in the chest at point blank range.

The Philando Castile shooting should have 2nd amendment fans a little worried about their own safety when dealing with police, he had a concealed carry permit and no criminal record to speak of, he was pulled over for a busted taillight and, if his girlfriend is telling the truth, communicated that he was carrying to the officer and was shot and killed anyways.

http://fox6now.com/2015/10/29/mans-facebook-post-about-traffic-stop-goes-viral/

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July 4, 2016, 9:29 p.m.
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The Decline of Camping ....

Just spent the weekend camping in eastern Nevada. It's actually a nice area, at least compared to the asshole of creation that makes up the rest of this state. A few differences I noticed vs camping in BC parks:

There were a few sites that could be reserved, but most was first come first served.

It was only $15/night (17 for non-nevada residents at the state park we spent one night in)

Even on fourth of July long weekend, we were able to get into nice sites when checking in mid-afternoon on Saturday and Sunday

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June 24, 2016, 7:48 a.m.
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Mass shooting in Florida.

Restricting access to something is not the same as locking someone up. The US restricts access to convicted felons and other people that fail background checks, even if they haven't committed a crime.

No it's not, but again, in order to drive a car you need to register it, have it periodically inspected for roadworthiness (depending on jurisdiction), be trained, be licensed, and be insured. You want to argue that cars are more dangerous than guns, then maybe you should have to go through the same steps that you do to get a car on the road when you buy a gun.

Bullshit. Other than a few jurisdictions (California for one), you can walk into a gun show and walk out with whatever they have on hand. No background check, no questions, just cash in hand and walk out the door.

I guess I should have been more clear as I meant getting a gun in general, not just buying one through gun shop though. Not that some shops won't get you out the door in less than 10 minutes though.

You said gun store. Private sales between individuals are a completely different story.

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June 24, 2016, 7:45 a.m.
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BREXIT

maybe we can pull out of nafta?

I wouldn't pull out, just kick out mexico.

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June 24, 2016, 3:17 a.m.
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Mass shooting in Florida.

For anyone who reads dilbert, check out Scott Adams blog. He had a pretty good post in the last couple days about gun control in the US.

This argument I can get behind. That said, sometimes we restrict access to things even though 99.9% of us are responsible in order to ensure that the 0.1% is also restricted. We're talking law abiding here though, not criminals.

Before we, as a society, take away the rights of an individual by convicting them of a crime and locking them in prison, we require that their guilt is proven beyond a reasonable doubt. Only a unanimous jury can convict. We do this because the risk of letting a criminal go free is worth allowing every opportunity to keep an innocent man free. Not that the opposite has never happened, but we don't lock everyone up to prevent them from potentially breaking the law.

This I don't agree with. You undergo training and then pass a series of tests for the privilege of driving a car. If you break those rules, you may require an interlock device to continue driving. A car can be used as a weapon, sure, but most people need cars for day-to-day transportation. It's a fallacy to try to equate the two.

A car is not a constitutional right, and you were the one who first equated them.

In the US, depending on the state, you can walk into a gun shop, and ten minutes later walk out with a gun. No training, no testing, and often no background checks.

False. At least partially. I've never had it take less than 10 minutes, although I suppose that is possible. All gun stores are required to perform a background check through the NCIC system. I always get a 3 day hold due to my immigration status, because as a non-citizen resident, I can't have left the country in the last 90 days to pass the background check. When I've been with Americans, the FBI check varies from 5-10 minutes if everything is quick (good luck with that these days) to over an hour if they are busy and you're on hold, and that is after you have filled out the paperwork, which takes another 5-10 minutes.

I don't have a problem with current Canadian gun laws (barring the way the RCMP randomly classifies weapons), but the US is a different story.

Glad we agree on how asinine the Canadian classification system is.

source/data on that? i'm interested in checking it out.

I'll try find it. It's something to the effect of removing Chicago, Washington D.C., Detroit, and 2 or 3 others.

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June 23, 2016, 9:46 p.m.
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Mass shooting in Florida.

And this is why the USA will always lead the west is GANG related deaths. The 2nd amendment was a huge mistake and was really intended to keep slaves in check. It should be erased.

FYP.

take out a small handful of large cities, and we drop towards the bottom of that list.

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June 22, 2016, 3:23 a.m.
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Mass shooting in Florida.

How are background checks and banning people on the no-fly list from purchasing and pssessing weapons 'going after' anyone? Interesting logic.

The problem with the no fly list / terrorist watch list is the lack of due process. You cannot take away a basic constitutional right without going to court.

A car breathalyzer mandate would adversely effect the operation of the vehicle. A background check would not adversely effect the operation of a firearm. You understand the difference right?

No, I don't. In your eyes, a background check makes sure you aren't a dangerous criminal before you get your hands on a gun. In my eyes, a breathalyzer does the same before you get behind the wheel. Once passed, each one works as designed.

That's why background checks already exist in the US.

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June 21, 2016, 4:21 a.m.
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Mass shooting in Florida.

That's what's amazing about the American culture. They legislate you having to take your shoes off before boarding a plane, but selling weapons of war is A-OK. I fault the founding fathers for not thinking about technology advances in the futureā€¦

Here's a comprehensive list of wars in which the US has used the AR-15:

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June 8, 2016, 7:42 p.m.
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Spam private messages

who sent them must have been a liberal?

Not a chance. It was Harper.

June 5, 2016, 5:35 p.m.
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Spam private messages

I got it. Don't read Thai, but I forwarded it to 10 friends just in case it said failing to do so would bring bad luck.

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June 1, 2016, 5:07 p.m.
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Guaranteed minimum income - liberal party policy

I think that GMI, along with hopefully implementing a living minimum wage, is a compelling solution. I say a living minimum wage because right now not having one is basically just corporate welfare. Walmart refuses to pay their full-time employees enough to live independently, so I'm expected to support their full-time workers through social programs? Uh, no.

One might argue that it is because we have the social programs that prop up those who work full time for less than a living wage that the market bears those wages. If people didn't have that crutch to fall back on, they wouldn't be able to afford to take a wage designed for a 16 yr old just entering the workforce, decreasing the supply of people willing to take those jobs, and forcing places like walmart to pay higher wages to find employees through the invisible hand of the free market.

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June 1, 2016, 4:22 a.m.
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Any Tenancy Experts In The....House?

Even if it's just for a couple of thousand dollars it's worth it. People can't go through life thinking they can walk on their tenants because the market is crazy and they can get away with it. They need to know that there really is repercussions in real life for acting like ass hats. I hope everything works out for you in the end.

Here's the important point. I'm house shopping right now, and I'm fairly sure I'll be taking my bitch landlord to court when we move out over my deposit. Nevada doesn't allow non-refundable deposits unless it's specifically stated in the lease as a cleaning fee. I've got $600 she claims isn't refundable, with no mention of it being a cleaning fee.

She lives out of town, and down here you have to show up in court, so I'm fairly certain that if the threat of court doesn't get my money back, she will no show. If she does show up, the law is very clearly on my side.

I got fucked by a landlord once before on my deposit. He skipped town and refused to answer my texts or phone calls, and I didn't act soon enough. This time I'm not fucking around.

Take them to arbitration, if for nothing else than to make a point.

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May 30, 2016, 5:25 p.m.
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Guaranteed minimum income - liberal party policy

What I don't understand is why you would give it to everyone, unconditionally. It would make more sense, to me, that at a certain income level, you reduce the GMI given to a person by a fraction of a dollar for every extra dollar earner, so that there is never a case where you take home less total for earning more. You pay no income tax until you hit the point of earning no GMI. Then you only tax the incrimental dollars earned above that threshold.

Otherwise, those of us earning a wage that is high enough not to need the GMI would just be recycling that money back into our taxes.

A GMI should also replace the host of other programs that the feds and provinces have (in the US, we have welfare, food stamps, medicaid, WIC, Obamacare subsidies, and probably a whole lot more that i dont know about).

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May 20, 2016, 10:30 a.m.
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Democratic reform

Not many people are happy with the senate. This is why when Harper said he would reform the senate before he was elected most liberals, myself included, nodded in agreement. Lifetime appointed positions is a little too Royal Family like for my tastes. The idea that it is some kind of territorial representation is total BS too. They live in Ottawa and keep there finger on the pulse of their constituents vis a vis their summer cabin.

I say we elect a senate that represents areas of expertise instead of territories (eg - a group for the economy, another for the environment, etc) and that they not be affiliated with the parties. They can have a single term of say 10 years so they have time to make a difference and are not focused on re-election.

I like it.

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