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Wow, just got around to watching some of the clips of Trump at G7

What a total whack job! He is getting worse. We must learn from this, and try our best to never elect a complete idiot as president ever again. Republicans and Trump supporters this is on you. You enable him. The man is a disaster.

Sorry, not all semi-automatics are the same, regardless of what your gun nut neighbor says

Semi-automatic means you don't have to cock the gun or chamber a round every time you want to shoot a bullet. Such guns chamber a round and cock themselves with each pull of the trigger, making them ready to shoot again and again with just the pull of the trigger. But you do have to keep pulling the trigger. In contrast, automatic weapons keep firing with just one pull of the trigger, as in a machine gun. Many non-military firearms are designed as semi-automatics, and this is where gun nuts like to seize on a favorite argument.

Extreme gun nuts will howl that restrictions on AR style weapons are not justified because they are just common semi- automatics like your father's hunting rifle or pistol, that they are not actually "military weapons", they just look that way. That is not entirely true. AR style semi-automatics are designed more in line with carbines, which are rifles designed to be lighter with shorter barrels making them easier to handle in combat. According to Wikipedia "The vast majority of AR barrels fall between the 14.5″ military M4 type and the 20″ M16 size, with 16″ being currently the most popular for civilians." This is why we call them military style weapons, so don't let your gun nut twitter tweeters tell you differently.

If killing quickly is the goal, I would argue that AR style weapons are certainly easier to use than semi-automatic handguns, and much easier than using a semi-automatic longer hunting style rifle as well.

This might be a dumb question, but why is there an open enrollment period that closes for ACA?

I have some really crappy insurance right now and would like to see what I could get under ACA, but open enrollment always seems to be closed. Plus, I hate even shopping for insurance anymore since any inquiry seems to lead to unending sales calls and spam. Any suggestions out there?
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