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This podcast by More Perfect is an excellent history of the 2nd Amendment, as altered by the Black Panthers, Ronald Regan, NRA-ILA, Dick Heller, and Justice Kennedy. Whatever side you support, you should at least find it interesting, and it's good context for the more recent debates.
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+Alex Fink​ & I just had our 10th anniversary. Wit're thinking of going to Paris for a few days to celebrate it. (Scheduling TBD.)

a) What would be of interest to unk to do there? (If you know something that'd especially suit unker personal preferences, please mention that.)
b) Do any of you happen to have / know a place wit could stay?

* wit, unk, unker is the dual equivalent of the plural we, us, our
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Hey +Robert Hansen: what do you think of the following possible gun control laws, in terms of (a) whether they are well-defined (as compared to eg 'assault rifle') and approximately what they'd encompass, (b) what potentially unintended side effects they may have (eg considering constructive position), (c) whether there's a more well-defined / less side-effect variant that's similar in effect, and (d) whether they are a good policy idea?

Require NFA stamp, licensing, etc for any:
1. gun capable of firing >60rpm by someone of average skill [i.e. limit based on effective ROF rather than nominal fire / trigger / stock / etc type]
2. parts for modifying a gun to make it fall under (1)
3. semi-automatic gun capable of firing bullets of sufficient velocity and/or caliber to be > 50% lethal to an average adult human if hit in torso [i.e. distinguish game/varmint-killing vs human-killing weapons, but allow human-wounding]
4. bullets of > 50% human lethality (as above)
5. semi-automatic gun capable of having a magazine of > 8 rounds
6. magazines > 8 rounds capable of being mounted to a semi-automatic gun
7. suppressor or other part that reduces a gun's firing to volume < _ dB or brightness < _ lumen, as determined from the direction of the target at a distance of 100 yards [i.e. that significantly reduce the target's perception ability rather than only protecting the shooter's ear/eye safety]

Some of these would include currently legal weapons, like the civilian AR-15.

Note: I'm not actually proposing these as laws. I'm just trying to probe the possibility-space of gun control measures that someone might consider 'reasonable' while being cogent, and permitting things whose effect is really only for hunting, livestock protection, shooter safety, and small-scenario self-defense.

Comment moderation note: Please do not use this thread for general gun control debate and do not disparage either gun rights advocates or gun control advocates. Keep it wonky and not flamey.

I'll remove any comments that violate this boundary (and replies to them).
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Brilliant meta satire response to an amazingly stupid government censorship threat. https://twitter.com/thejuicemedia/status/906104236789841920
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One clue that maybe I'm processing a legitimately large amount of data: even Google's big data tools die. DataFlow sayeth: "Shuffle key too large:3671753 > 1572864"

I'm just trying to get DataPrep to run TF-IDF analysis on a ~3.7M document corpus (~120GB in BigQuery). Is that asking too much? :-P

(This is for something I'll talk about once it's published, which should be soon. And this is actually the relatively light side of the analysis I'm planning to do.)
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In other ancillary litigation news, I've asked the 1st Cir. to please use gender-neutral pronouns for me... with citations from 14th to 17th century.

(I also have serious briefs due and recently filed, and a whole lot that's happened since I last wrote about my litigation, but I've not enough spoons right now to both do it and blog about it. Sorry.)
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My TSA FOIA case just got cited by (a concurrence in) the Ninth Circuit. Hee.

First Amendment Coalition v. United States Department of Justice, No. 15-15117 (9th Cir. Aug. 25, 2017) (C.J. Berzon, concurring) at n. 9

https://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=8344836856325674135#[27]
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A long thread about service dogs in parks went without comment from someone who has/needs one, so I added my perspective: https://www.metafilter.com/169490/If-You-Love-the-Wilderness-Keep-Your-Dog-Out-of-It#7168402
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OK, I'll give them credit for this one. Before I played it, I planned to judge it largely on if it had a music bed, and if so, what was chosen. Didn't disappoint.
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