Hong Kong, America Stands With You

Spencer Kellogg | @Spencer_Kellogg

Flashpoint

To the residents of Hong Kong: if you can hear us, we stand with you. In the airport, and in the streets, to those millions of you who are beating that eternal drum of freedom, we stand with you. To the valiant protestors waving the American flag of liberty, we are with you. To those singing our national anthem through the dark night, we stand with you.

If there is one truth about the state of the modern American empire, it is this: We are not a singular people. From dusty plains to packed trains, and everywhere in between, we are a distinctively diverse population that rarely agrees in principle.

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Are We Being Rational About Mass Shootings?

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Peter Cooperson | Poland

Recently, two mass shootings occurred in the United States. However, despite the high level of emotions caused by footage from the scenes that saw the horrific murders happen, gun control policy should in no way be viewed as hot-headedly as it has been by the establishment. In fact, one can easily argue that the data itself carries a quite different message: actually, gun control is irrational.

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Ghost Guns are the Solution to Restrictive Gun Control

Cody Wilson, anarchist with Rifle
Ellie McFarland | @El_FarAwayLand

America was struck this week with a hail storm of tragedy. This week there were three mass shootings- one in El Paso Texas, one in Dayton Ohio, and one in Gilroy California. The gunmen in these various crimes murdered, in all, at least 32 from the time of writing. So far in 2019 alone, there have been at least 17 deadly mass shootings in America. These bi-monthly cataclysms make America a unique figure amongst first world countries in the most shameful way possible. Among nations with gun control, America tops the list in the category of number mass shootings.

These murders and their following heartaches motivate people to enact restrictive gun legislation in the name of public safety. But this is not the answer. What is less obvious is the way we ought to combat restrictive gun control. The answer lies in the kryptonite to all gun regulation, Cody Wilson’s Ghost Gun

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Ex-SEAL Eddie Gallagher Acquitted of Charges

ex-Seal Eddie Gallagher's case has been a hot topic in the media for months
Nicolas Gonzalez | @nicogonz15

In 2017, Navy SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher was charged with seven counts related to the stabbing of an ISIS soldier, and then posing with the soldier’s body in a picture. A San Diego jury found him not guilty of six of those charges. The remaining charge, which he was convicted of, landed him a sentence of a reduced rank. Gallagher was demoted from Chief to Petty Officer First Class and his monthly pay reduced $2,697 for four months. The judge then modified this sentence to only a two-month pay cut and gave Gallagher a total of 261 days’ credit for pretrial confinement, harsh pretrial conditions, and his deprivation from receiving treatment for a traumatic brain injury.

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