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But you have to admit that if literally every human were armed with semiautomatic weapons at all times, the good guys would probably eventually at some point outnumber the bad guys in the shootouts.

Unless, of course, you're some kind of misanthropic monster who, unlike Anne Frank, doesn't believe that people are good at heart.
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I keep thinking of two after-the-event interviews I read, years ago.

One was with an ex-Army (if I'm remembering correctly) Iraq veteran who had been present at the Aurora, Colorado shooting. When asked why he, as a licensed carrier of a concealed weapon hadn't returned fire and killed the attacker, he replied along the lines of: "There were people screaming and running around; it was a confused mess -- I'm a combat veteran and there's no way I could have returned fire under those circumstances and been sure I'd hit the shooter and not civilians."

Similarly, a concealed-carry person at the event where Gabby Giffords was shot said much the same thing in an interview. He also pointed out that if he had opened fire -- without knowing exactly who the shooter(s) were, where they might be, or even how many there might have been -- all he would have done is make the situation worse. And, quite possibly, gotten himself shot by the police when they showed up -- because, after all, how would they have known that he was one of the "good guys with a gun"?
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That second thing happened right near here back in November:

The ‘good guy with a gun’ theory didn’t work out well in Colorado – ThinkProgress

The guy killed three people and then got away, and the police response was slowed down because the cops had to figure out which armed person was the shooter.
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From the classic NPD files:

Trump: 'I'm thinking about' pulling ICE out of California | TheHill

"I will punish you with my absence."

More classic NPD. Often followed with "IF I CAN'T HAVE HER NO ONE CAN!" and related restraining orders, stalking, honour killings marital abuse.
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First steps in the retreat of empire.

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Trump: 'I'm thinking about' pulling ICE out of California | TheHill

"I will punish you with my absence."

More classic NPD. Often followed with "IF I CAN'T HAVE HER NO ONE CAN!" and related restraining orders, stalking, honour killings marital abuse.
...I'm not really sure Californians, on the whole, would take this the way Smallgloves wants it taken. I'm pretty sure most of them would say either, "Suits me fine," or, "Please don't throw me in that briar patch, Brer Fox."

I mean, the right-wingers in the rural parts of the state, sure. But they're outnumbered by everyone else.

It's important to distinguish between regular NPD and malignant narcissism, though. Trump has the latter.
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FACT CHECK: Did Trump Use 'Crib Notes' During Listening Session with Parkland Survivors? -- "A photograph showing President Trump holding notes during the listening session with survivors of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting is genuine."

This text was reconstructed from multiple pictures of those crib notes:
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1.) “What would you most want me to know about your experience.”
2.) “What can we do to make you feel safe?”
3.) “Do you see [hidden] something effective?”
4.) Resources? Ideas?
5.) I hear you.
President Trump was also caught reading from them.
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Opinion | How Does Trump Stack Up Against the Best — and Worst — Presidents? - The New York Times

Some 170 experts on Presidential politics were polled about how they rated the presidents, and many of them ranked him the worst. The Republicans among them ranked him fifth worst.

This is only his first year, and President Trump might improve. But he seems too narcissistic to do the self-criticism necessary for that. Or else some staff members could treat him as a figurehead leader, cutting him out of all decision-making and keeping him only for document signings and public appearances.

This is a president with:
  • The stupidity of George Bush II
  • The racism of Andrew Jackson
  • The administrative incompetence of Ulysses S. Grant
  • The disloyalty of James Buchanan
  • The corruption of Warren Harding
  • The paranoia of Richard Nixon

Historical rankings of presidents of the United States - Wikipedia has some more ratings.
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