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Posted in: Gunman kills 5 at Colorado gay club; 25 injured See in context

gives the obvious inference to a literate person that guns are not a major issue.

About that...

"There's also mass murder without guns:"

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Posted in: Gunman kills 5 at Colorado gay club; 25 injured See in context

You didn’t not say it either. You just stated there’s mass-murder without guns as well, which while factually accurate gives the obvious inference to a literate person that guns are not a major issue.

If you want to add new context to my post, then sure. But I was responding to another poster who said, "the only reason there’s mass murder in USA is the guns." A statement with which I have two problems. The first is that mass murder doesn't exclusively involve guns, as the example I linked to shows, and the second is that they are not a reason for mass murder at all. This nightclub shooter didn't shoot up the place because he had a gun, he shot it up for other reasons which, as far as I know, haven't been established yet.

I agree with the rest of your post. I've long been an advocate for more gun control, such as expanded background checks, red flag laws, safe-storage laws, registration, licensing and training requirements, none of which prevent people from bearing arms, they just add a few more hoops.

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Posted in: Gunman kills 5 at Colorado gay club; 25 injured See in context

There’s more mass murder at higher levels of lethality with guns than without.

A pretty weak attempt at deflection.

I didn't say guns weren't a problem. They're obviously a huge problem. But they're not, as the poster to whom I responded stated, the only 'reason' for mass killings. I'd also argue they're a method, not a reason.

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Posted in: Gunman kills 5 at Colorado gay club; 25 injured See in context

but the only reason there’s mass murder in USA is the guns.

There's also mass murder without guns:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/university-of-idaho-students-killed-stabbed-to-death-in-beds-coroner/

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Posted in: England draws with All Blacks from 25-6 down at Twickenham See in context

From the weekend’s results (not games as I didn’t see all performances) it looks like South Africa is the most in form. I like the Springboks and hope they can keep it up for next year.

NZ was in control for seventy minutes before they collapsed, and finished the tour undefeated, whereas the Saffas only won once, against Italy.

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Posted in: Guns on the ballot: How mixed U.S. midterm results will affect firearm policy See in context

And the Sherifs are refusing to enforce it. Unconstitutional.

Specifically, or at least the target of a current legal challenge, the high-capacity magazine ban.

Bans of (high capacity magazines) have been associated with reductions in mass shootings.

I don't think that's entirely true, I think they have been associated in reductions in the number of people injured or killed in mass shootings, though. I mean, if a potential shooter can't get their hands on a 30 round mag, they'll just take more magazines. Or more guns.

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Posted in: Guns on the ballot: How mixed U.S. midterm results will affect firearm policy See in context

Iowa passed a constitutional amendment that enshrined a right to bear arms and specified a standard for judicial review of gun laws, while Oregon voters passed an initiative that requires a permit to buy a firearm and bans large capacity ammunition magazines.

A good chance to study the effectiveness of the two approaches.

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Posted in: England draws with All Blacks from 25-6 down at Twickenham See in context

What neppened Blackies??..

You are not the same as before...

Their coach isn't up to the job.

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Posted in: England draws with All Blacks from 25-6 down at Twickenham See in context

Stunning fightback by England.

This is the fifth time this season this year's (and probably next year's, unfortunately) All Blacks have given up such a lead.

And if World Rugby wants to grow its audience, a match featuring 28 penalty stoppages is not going to achieve that. An overly pedantic ref ruined what could have been a pretty open and free flowing game of rugby. At least his pedantry was directed at both sides.

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Posted in: Threats to schools across U.S. may be coming from overseas See in context

Incredibly dangerous, considering the very real possibility of a shooting at schools in America. I hope the authorities treat each one seriously and respond appropriately.

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Posted in: Suspect caught in fatal shooting of 3 University of Virginia football players See in context

By many accounts, the shooter was an intelligent, quiet young man, and a gifted athlete. What a tragedy for all concerned.

https://richmond.com/news/state-and-regional/uva-suspected-shooter-had-a-gun-two-months-ago-bystander-told-uva/article_208d63c3-b546-5380-940b-cfe6b9d95eac.html

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Posted in: All Blacks blow 14-0 start in comeback win over Scotland See in context

I thought the New Zealand bench saved the day, though.

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Posted in: All Blacks blow 14-0 start in comeback win over Scotland See in context

Scotland had a penalty try

Which probably wouldn't have happened if the referee hadn't blocked the New Zealand 7 from making a tackle. I'm not blaming the ref, he has to be somewhere and there's no rule about that situation. The intercept was just a poor, telegraphed pass from Havili, although finished brilliantly, but Clark's missed tackle was worrying. He's a real liability in defense.

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Posted in: All Blacks blow 14-0 start in comeback win over Scotland See in context

So I’ll say the Foster team.

That doesn't inspire confidence. Meanwhile, Scott Robertson beat the All Blacks XV with his Barbarians, who he'd been in charge of for what...a week?

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Posted in: All Blacks blow 14-0 start in comeback win over Scotland See in context

Haaa Nemui,

Man this ABs team seems to be off the ball every second game.

Which one? It's a different team every week.

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Posted in: England beats Japan 52-13 in rugby test See in context

Argentina are a realistic shot at winning a WC, whether or not World Rugby "allows it". Genius Michael Chieka has them flying. 

Not if they can't even beat Wales.

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Posted in: Disneyland in U.S. adds dolls in wheelchairs to 'It's a Small World' See in context

Seriously, this has to be news?

I think it's interesting and say good for Disney.

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Posted in: England beats Japan 52-13 in rugby test See in context

Hmm, it's a good idea, but why diminish the quality of the Rugby Championship by adding Japan?

It's a fair question. Like I said, it served the Argies well and would hopefully do the same for Japan. South Africa may leave it in 2025 so there'd be a spot. I mean, Italy are in the Six Nations despite never having had a chance there, and there are some cracking games between the other teams.

Wouldn't it be great to have more than four teams capable of winning the World Cup? Although "World Rugby" won't allow that to be a southern team until some more of the northern teams have their names on the trophy.

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Posted in: Italy makes history by beating Wallabies for first time See in context

Congratulations Italy! I wasn't going to watch this game but something in Italy's coach Kieran Crowley's eyes in his pre-match interview told me there might be something special on the cards. The rugby wasn't particularly amazing, but it was an exciting match up, nonetheless. Australia really have to sort out their discipline. It seems to be an issue for many Rennie- coached teams.

Capuozzo is an excitement machine.

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Posted in: England beats Japan 52-13 in rugby test See in context

Japan aren't a good team...they aren't a bad team.

They're a good team, not a great team. They are ranked 10th in the world. They finished in the top 8 in the most recent World Cup, beating current no. 1 Ireland (although I grant you Ireland weren't at their best at that tournament) and were somewhat competitive against France earlier this year.

Haaa Nemui's post is bang on. They need continued exposure at this level. I think they'd make a good inclusion into the Rugby Championship. It's done wonders for Argentina. They have two wins against the All Blacks now, one of them away.

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Posted in: New Zealand beat England to win women's Rugby World Cup See in context

Congratulations, Black Ferns and well played, England.

To go from a four loss tour at the end of last year to winning the World Cup, beating both teams that destroyed them on that tour along the way, is quite the achievement.

England's phenomenal 30 win streak ended at just the wrong time. I guess they'll have to learn another tactic to add to their...one tactic. Maybe get players 10 through 15 involved.

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Posted in: China's COVID epicenter shifts to Guangzhou; more lockdowns loom See in context

China has been able to sustain economic growth throughout the crisis, 

According to them, who you don't actually believe, as you say.

But sweatshops and forced / child labour is great for an economy, that's true.

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Posted in: New Zealand mosque shooter files appeal against life sentence See in context

A civilized country would have buried him months ago in a shallow, unmarked grave.

Fittingly oxymoronic.

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Posted in: New Zealand mosque shooter files appeal against life sentence See in context

It's his right to appeal, although the time allowed to file one has passed so he would have to get special permission, and prove that a miscarriage of justice would result from the appeal being denied, which is not likely considering he filmed himself committing the acts.

I say let him. Once given a chance to speak up for himself he'll just fold like a cheap lawn chair, like he did at his first trial. He's a complete coward who only has courage when he's standing behind a gun.

adding his guilty plea was obtained under duress

He was probably advised to as it was an open and shut case and pleading guilty is a way to seek mitigation in sentencing. If that's the "duress" he's talking about then he's even dumber than he looks.

Rot in hell, mate.

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Posted in: Pumas upset England 30-29 at Twickenham See in context

Congratulations Argentina! Always good to see England - unjustifiably the most arrogant team in international rugby - knocked down a peg.

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Posted in: 14 hurt, including 3 children, in Chicago Halloween shooting See in context

I’m sorry, but no one really cares about these types of shootings that occur daily

You don't, because it happened in a minority neighbourhood. I do because innocent victims, as young as three in this case, are gunned down every day in that country, supposedly the freest and the best in the world.

I hope they all make full recoveries, and that the shooters are brought to justice.

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Posted in: Captain Cane, hooker Coles ruled out of All Blacks Europe tour See in context

As for the article itself;

Captain Cane, hooker Coles ruled out of All Blacks Europe tour

I enjoy the niggle that Coles brings, but meh. Besides an occasional decent game, neither of them have had much to offer of late. Samisoni is the future at hooker, and Whitelock or Savea are both better captains.

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Posted in: Captain Cane, hooker Coles ruled out of All Blacks Europe tour See in context

Looks like the ABs had lessons from Japanese in deep bowing! They almost seem apologetic for winning.

I think the ABs were genuinely very appreciative and grateful for the fantastic Japanese audience. The crowd showed huge respect for the New Zealand national anthem and the haka. They cheered the All Black scores almost as loudly as they did the Blossoms. There were also big rounds of applause and cheers when the names of the ABs players were announced, particularly for Aaron Smith, and when two legends of the Kiwi game, Richie McCaw and Daniel Carter, who were at the match, were shown on the big screens. Also, they were completely respectful to both kickers when lining up kicks, even New Zealand's last one which ended the match. It was an extremely enjoyable way to watch a game of rugby.

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Posted in: All Blacks fully stretched by Japan before winning 38-31 See in context

While the TMO review of the tackle on Himeno when he scored was replayed, it actually looked like he had lost control of the ball but they were looking at the tackle instead

Ah, that makes it clear to me. Thanks.

I was at the game and there was only one replay on the big screen during the TMO review and I couldn't hear the officials' discussion. I was puzzled as to why they went back to check that as the conversion had been taken and I thought they were checking what was a clear knock on. A try can't be reviewed after the conversion, but potential foul play can.

And yes, the penalty against Mo'unga for not releasing was also wrong. That wasn't even close to a completed tackle.

I also thought Retallick's red card was harsh, but I recently watched it on youtube and have changed my mind. No bind and a shoulder to the back of Himeno(?)'s head. Red all day.

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Posted in: All Blacks fully stretched by Japan before winning 38-31 See in context

Japan play a great brand of rugby, which was awesome to watch. More dross from these All Blacks. Tuivasa-Sheck and Perofeta played themselves onto a flight home.

One of NZ's tries was off a clear forward pass, but Japan's last try was clearly knocked on so it's swings and roundabouts.

In the final rinse, a well coached and skillful Japanese side who have been playing together a lot kept close to a scratch New Zealand B side.

It was a great game to watch as someone with a foot in both camps. The ABs are going to have to lift their game considerably when they venture further north this tour. I predict at least one loss - most likely to England. Jones's forte is getting one team up for one big match and you can bet that this year it's the one against New Zealand.

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