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Let’s say there’s 250 million adults in the USA. 1% are sufficiently interested in politics to get involved = 2.5m adults. 0.1% of them sufficiently competent and experienced to actually make good political decisions = 2,500 adults. Half of a sensible age, not too old, not too young = 1,250 adults. Half too busy rearing a family = 625 adults. 90% have some sort of dirt in their background making them a risky proposition = leaves 62 adults.
How does the USA so often end up with such poor candidates for President? There must be dozens of brilliant, squeaky clean, qualified, experienced and otherwise highly suitable people. Where are they?
That claim makes no sense. Carrying a knife in the UK without good cause is already an offence.
Like this lot?
Absolutely. The military are trained and drilled and trained and drilled to obey and they can still hesitate to shoot or shoot to to kill. What chance has a citizen got?
“use of force continuum” – that is just one approach for dealing with a situation. It is telling that any search for “use of force continuum” only returns US police departments, US law firms and US research. Police forces in other industrialised nations often use de-escalation techniques or situation management techniques rather than force escalation. Hence they do not have recurring news stories of police killing people; for them it is a rare event.
And the argument against de-escalation – that the person might not be able to follow de-escalation instructions – apply to force continuum as well. In a force continuum policy environment, the death of the citizen is effectively guaranteed when communication is any kind of problem.
So, what is the acceptable quota of accidental gun deaths of American children per year? At 180, or more than that?
When you are the wealthiest country in the world, the only remaining superpower, and you are comparing yourselves with Russia, North Korea China and fecking Cambodia for what is right and good, you really have set the bar very low for yourselves.
That and finally accepting that some of those colourings and flavourings really were bad for us, especially children.
And Sugar Puffs don’t seem to have any sugar, let alone honey, on them any more. They are like eating soggy unflavoured popcorn.
Except the low sodium salt. Bleuch! A few times I’ve eaten processed food (especially salted peanuts) with low-sodium salt and the next day I can still taste the stuff.