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    [–] This is what democracy looks like. View from the Capitol in Tallahassee right now. flynnsanity3 1 points ago in pics

    I'm gonna control+V a comment I made earlier.

    Gun ownership was extremely prevalent in the Soviet Union. The NKVD distributed massive amounts of arms to people during WWII so as to fight the Germans. While they asked for them back, the government only really tried cracking down in cities. And yet owning guns did not bring down the Soviet Union.

    Legality of firearms in Switzerland didn't help women to gain the right to vote.

    A prohibition of firearms didn't stop the Chilean people from overthrowing Pinochet.

    Gun ownership did not advance the Civil Rights Movement in the US.

    Ghandi did not revolt violently against British rule.

    The idea that guns give people political power is silly. Power is not derived from military might, it is derived from consent. A dictator is not strong because his army is well equipped and trained, they are strong because enough people have decided that they consent to supporting the regime, including armed forces.

    Let's go back to the example of Chile for a moment. There was an armed resistance against Pinochet probably from the moment he took power. In the months leading up to the referendum where the people would vote to either maintain or end the military junta (something written into the regime's constitution), the general very narrowly survived an assassination attempt. This terrified the people. Then, more than ever, he exuded a sense of power and invincibility.

    Instead of allowing themselves to be galvanized into total revolt, the "No" campaign intensified. Eventually, Pinochet lost the referendum, with ~57% (IIRC, it was definitely sub-58%) of the population voting to end the junta. Think about the implication of that. About 43% percent of the country voted to remain loyal to the regime, and yet... the transition was peaceful. Chile revamped its constitution and remains a democratic nation.

    Obviously, most dictatorships won't allow such a thing to occur. But the important thing is that it demonstrates the principle that power is not derived from threats of violence or even violence outright.

    [–] [Shadow of the Colossus] This has very good horse physics. flynnsanity3 2 points ago in GamePhysics

    It was so smooth that I almost don't want to believe it was a glitch.

    [–] [BeamNG.drive] Smashed between A Semi and Bus flynnsanity3 1 points ago in GamePhysics

    It took me a loop to figure out that this was slow motion.

    [–] Poll: 97 percent support background checks for all gun buyers flynnsanity3 5 points ago * (lasted edited 2 days ago) in politics

    Gun ownership was extremely prevalent in the Soviet Union. The NKVD distributed massive amounts of arms to people during WWII so as to fight the Germans. While they asked for them back, the government only really tried cracking down in cities. And yet owning guns did not bring down the Soviet Union.

    Legality of firearms in Switzerland didn't help women to gain the right to vote.

    A prohibition of firearms didn't stop the Chilean people from overthrowing Pinochet.

    Gun ownership did not advance the Civil Rights Movement in the US.

    Ghandi did not revolt violently against British rule.

    The idea that guns give people political power is silly. Power is not derived from military might, it is derived from consent. A dictator is not strong because his army is well equipped and trained, they are strong because enough people have decided that they consent to supporting the regime, including armed forces.

    Let's go back to the example of Chile for a moment. There was an armed resistance against Pinochet probably from the moment he took power. In the months leading up to the referendum where the people would vote to either maintain or end the military junta (something written into the regime's constitution), the general very narrowly survived an assassination attempt. This terrified the people. Then, more than ever, he exuded a sense of power and invincibility.

    Instead of allowing themselves to be galvanized into total revolt, the "No" campaign intensified. Eventually, Pinochet lost the referendum, with ~57% (IIRC, it was definitely sub-58%) of the population voting to end the junta. Think about the implication of that. About 43% percent of the country voted to remain loyal to the regime, and yet... the transition was peaceful. Chile revamped its constitution and remains a democratic nation.

    Obviously, most dictatorships won't allow such a thing to occur. But the important thing is that it demonstrates the principle that power is not derived from threats of violence or even violence outright.

    [–] Mueller Unveils New Charges in Russia Probe flynnsanity3 1 points ago in politics

    Write in the name of your favorite football player if you want. Almost every locale had more than just president on the ballot.

    [–] Mueller Unveils New Charges in Russia Probe flynnsanity3 2 points ago in politics

    Americans only lose if they continue supporting the status quo. "Be the change you want to see in the world" should be stapled to everyone's foreheads until ordinary people start running for office and voter turnout increases to respectable levels.

    [–] 'Kill the NRA' message appears on billboard on Interstate 65 in Louisville flynnsanity3 20 points ago in news

    It does discourage brigading. I appreciate when mods unlock posts later after they've had time to weed out rule-breaking comments.

    [–] Am I weird for thinking these uniforms weird? flynnsanity3 1 points ago in WTF

    What's with the arm behind the girl on the far left?

    [–] Statewide walkout announced for school teachers, employees on Thursday and Friday flynnsanity3 2 points ago in news

    The irony being, of course, that so were the majority of white southerns. There were so few economic opportunities outside of cities that most southern white families live in extreme poverty. It's simply that they were swindled into supporting the institution that did nothing but undercut their own labor.

    [–] Athena Palomino (POV). flynnsanity3 3 points ago in NSFW_GIF

    Lmao I love near the end, where he pats her butt as if to say, "Okay, let's wrap this up."

    [–] Statewide walkout announced for school teachers, employees on Thursday and Friday flynnsanity3 1 points ago in news

    Tenure can go, as long as it's replaced with equal protection for all workers. Teachers need due process for firing, otherwise they'd be booted as soon as their pay gets too high.

    [–] We’re witnessing the fastest decline in Arctic sea ice in at least 1,500 years flynnsanity3 4 points ago in worldnews

    You'd be correct. Intentionally or not, conservatives have aligned themselves with a traditional of violence and intractability that dates back to lynching Mexicans stranded in the US after the end of the Mexican-American War.

    [–] What is the dumbest thing you’ve ever done for absolutely no reason? flynnsanity3 1 points ago in AskReddit

    My middle school had a cool antique rotary phone in the hallway. One day, as we passed each other in the hallway, my English teacher showed me how to use them. I dunno why. She was super old.

    Later that week, some kids and I were working on a project in the hallway, unsupervised. I told them I knew how to use the phone, and then proceeded to show them... By dialling 911. I heard one ring and slammed it back on the hook and told them it didn't work. Like, 10 minutes later, three cop cars show up at the school, sirens blazing. By some fucking miracle, the principal wasn't there that day and the science teacher (who loved me) was acting in her place. I waited until the cops left and then told him it was me. He gasped audibly in the back of the classroom, which announced to everyone that I did it, then told me not to do it again. I don't think the principal even found out.

    [–] This is your body on bad calcium. flynnsanity3 1 points ago in dndmemes

    I mean it was $20 and we got 12 more than the box said it contained. It... could've been worse.

    [–] I wanna hear about your best kills. Funny kills, serious kills, narratively awesome kills, or clever kills! Shower me with your kills flynnsanity3 1 points ago in DnD

    I mean we play pretty fast and loose with the rules, so take this with a grain of salt... I moved to the bare minimum distance of range and made a clapping sound right were I thought the critical mass of snow was, and it all just came crashing down.

    [–] I wanna hear about your best kills. Funny kills, serious kills, narratively awesome kills, or clever kills! Shower me with your kills flynnsanity3 3 points ago in DnD

    We came upon an enemy encampment high up in some snowy mountains. I rolled well to perceive how precarious the snow was on the slope opposite us (with the camp in the middle). The DM looked at me, looked at her notes, looked back and said, "Rather precarious."

    We made our way around and I used minor illusion to cause an avalanche, burying the cultists in snow. Picking through for loot was annoying, but it was worth it. I'm sure our DM had some interesting content planned for that camp. Sorry not sorry :D