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Why are machine guns not subject to Second Amendment protections? [duplicate]

There is an argument that any control of weapons in private hands is forbidden by the Second Amendment. However there are several gun control laws that are seemingly unchallenged. Getting a tank with ...
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Is there any ground for the concerns of Hong Kong protesters?

It is surprising how things have escalated over a few days. I learned that the reason for the protests was that some people had concerns about the central government tightening the grip on Hong Kong ...
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What is the public opinion in Hong Kong about the protests? How many of them support it?

The Hong Kong protests are widely supported by many people across the globe. This isn't surprising, since it's easy to sit at home in front of your computer and upvote posts on Facebook, but I reckon ...
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What is the effect of election campaign donations?

Candidates for the presidential election of the US collect donations in relation to their campaigns. Candidates are sometimes compared based on the total amount of donations they received. But what ...
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Do countries other than the U.S. have the power to block a government from issuing new debt?

I read the following excerpt on Peterson Institute of International Economics and I was wondering if other entities such as the EU or China had the same power as the United States in preventing other ...
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What are realistic ways a dissolution of the United States could happen? [closed]

After reading this article, I was imagining realistic ways a dissolution of the US could theoretically play out. The Supreme Court found in Texas v. White that states do not have the right to secede. ...
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What has been the result (so far) of the new US sanctions on Iran?

About 14 months ago, President Trump reimposed sanctions on Iran. As I remember, one of goals of the sanctions was to reduce Iran's influence in the Middle East by reducing its financial resources. ...
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Do other countries guarantee freedoms that the United States does not have?

Lifelong citizens of the United States report that they are accustomed to hearing that the US is the "Land of the Free" and most patriotic celebrations seem to emphasize freedom as one of the unique ...
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Where can I get census data containing details about each person of a particular village in India?

I am doing research on a project. And for that, I need details like- age, jobs, income, etc. of all persons of a particular village in India. I have already searched for census data , but I got only ...
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Why is there a need to prevent a racist, sexist, or otherwise bigoted vendor from discriminating who they sell to?

Background The issue of discriminating who you sell to in the United States seems to be premised on the fact that businesses are public accomodations according to this article: Whether you post a ...
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Does the United States guarantee any unique freedoms?

As a lifelong citizen of the United States, I'm accustomed to hearing that the US is the "Land of the Free" and most patriotic celebrations seem to emphasize freedom as one of the unique qualities of ...
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The actual purview of Her Majesty The Queen's prerogative?

In keeping up to date on Brexit, Dominic Cummings, Special Advisor to Boris Johnson - UK Prime Minister - has stated that, in the event that a motion of no confidence has passed the House of Commons, ...
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Why should public servants be apolitical?

The High Court of Australia has recently ruled in Comcare v. Banerji which was a test case that revealed the limits of the implied freedom of speech in Australia. A public servant, Michaela Banerji, ...
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Do Hong Kong protesters want to cancel the extradition law or have they proposed any modifications?

Do the Hong Kong protesters have asked for a modification to the proposed extradition law? Do they have any proposals for which circumstances might still justify extradition to China? What are they ...
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Why does the EU-Turkey customs union not violate the single market principle?

In the Brexit negotiations the EU has rejected the British wish of being part of the single market but without free movement of people. Such a partial free market could lead to unfair competition and ...
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Why aren't habit forming drugs federally distributed at cost? [closed]

Why aren't habit forming drugs federally distributed at cost? Related drug criminalization issues: These drugs do not affect all people in the same way. Due to the perceived negative impact of the ...
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Why does India not want any International intervention in the Kashmir Issue?

India is in a strong position always and doesn't want any international intervention in the Kashmir issue. This can also be observed from India's reply given to Mr. Donald Trump's recent remark about ...
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Can the senate vote to condemn? Is this even an official practice?

Recently, the Democrat-controlled House voted to condemn 3 of President Trump's tweets. This gave me two questions: Can the Republican Senate do the same based on their political desires and Is "...
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Evidence for meeting Treasury Criteria for Currency Manipulation

In order for a country to be designated as a currency manipulator, it needs to meet three criteria set by the Treasury itself: Significant bilateral trade surplus with the United States ...
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Is EFTA membership compatible with EU Customs Union membership?

Suppose a country wishes to join EFTA and also join the EU Customs Union (but not the EU itself), could it do so in the long term? I suspect that membership of both is impossible because membership ...
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What part of the Firearm Owners' Protection Act prohibits a ballistics database?

An audit by the ATF in 2005 in regard to NIBIN (National Integrated Ballistic Information Network) states: Finally, we found that the ATF had established minimal controls to ensure that ballistic ...
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Russian military bases in Germany: judicially possible? [closed]

The US has many military bases in Germany, e.g. 34 Army bases, Ramstein Airbase, etc. Discounting politics, what would be judicial hurdles to setting up a Russian military base in Germany? Is there ...
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Who is responsible for preventing smuggling

Related to; fentanyl imports Who is responsible for stopping smuggling into a country? The country where the goods are shipped from, or the one which receives them? Recently the UK has been asked ...
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What are the possible consequences of being labelled as a currency manipulator?

What are the possible direct consequences of being labelled as a currency manipulator? Yesterday, the U.S. labelled China as a currency manipulator. Tariffs no longer being able to be used against ...
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Why is the US constitution so set in stone and immobile, leading to inevitable anachronisms with the modern world? [closed]

As far as I know, the US is the only country in the world that has surrounded their constitution with a "don't touch, just reinterpret" veil of protection. I live in a country where changing the ...
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What reasoning is being used to differentiate firearms in the Jan 2019 proposed law?

The Jan 9, 2019 proposed law (https://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/_cache/files/a/4/a46156b5-9337-4193-95db-d381bc3c6fe3/E12DA96F0D3C33D8F714C5E186B1CD38.awb.pdf) is signed by many Democratic ...
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Why do proponents of guns oppose gun competency tests?

Many people on the right who are in favor of the right to own guns do so based on reasons such as safety. For example, in the wake of pretty much any mass shooting, you will have people come out and ...
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Why are some Senators so insistent on using unanimous resolution to pass election security bills?

Background Recently, Mitch McConnell was the only senator to stop two unanimous resolutions on election security: On July 25th he said “Clearly this request is not a serious effort to make a law. ...
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Does the WTO address “technology theft” as opposed to trademark and copyright infringement?

Does the WTO address "technology theft" as opposed to trademark and copyright infringement? In all of the text I came across involving intellectual property protection in the WTO about China we talk ...
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Is there a standard political process which a government uses to verify claims?

https://thehill.com/homenews/sunday-talk-shows/456092-top-aide-names-seven-deadly-sins-china-must-end-to-stop-trade-war “Stop stealing our intellectual property, stop forcing technology transfers,...
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How easy is it to get a gun illegally in the United States?

One argument against gun control is: Gun control only hurts law-abiding citizens. A person intent on doing harm will simply just acquire it illegally. And so my question is, how good is this ...
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Did Norway reduce Electric Car Incentives (Policy) because they were so costly?

I wonder whether there is an official statement that some electric car incentives in Norway were stopped, because it was too costly. I came across this document, that states at the very bottom (I had ...
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In American politics is the “free ride” problem (Japanese defence spending) acknowledged as a direct consequence of American strategy?

I have been reading an article from The Atlantic which was published in 1989, on the question of whether Japan enjoys a "free ride" with regards to defence spending. This is a topic which has ...
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Converting a State to Union Territory

Recently Indian ruling government declared a state Jammu and Kashmir as Union territory by splitting the state into two parts. Why was this done, what are reasons for doing this. Background: This ...
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Differences - “national measure adopted by the host state” vs. “a diversity of national regulations”

How do 1 and 2 beneath differ? Robert Schütze. European Union Law 2 ed. 2018. p. 501. All emboldenings are mine.       Under the (modern) international model,27 each State ...
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How's the EU fundamental rights “mortgage theory” related to mortgages?

Robert Schütze. European Union Law 2 ed. 2018. p. 264. All emboldenings are mine. English SE and Grammarphobia has the etymology and definition of mortgage. HaggardHawks.com explains the best - ...
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GST/VAT tax. Why some countries return tax to tourists?

Some countries return tax to tourists in airports. I don't understand it. Why is it happening? What was the logic behind the decision? Why is it only related to purchase tax and not to income tax? ...
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Is there any regulation meant to limit coverage of mass shootings? Are any politicians pushing for such ideas?

The recent mass shootings in the United States were widely covered by the media. It isn't a new observation that the extensive coverage of such events aid in the popularization of the killer and also ...
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Can a House-impeached but not Senate-convicted president run for a second term?

Suppose the House impeaches Trump but the Senate does not convict him and he is not removed from office. Could this House-impeached president run for a second term?
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How is the policy of the European Central Bank determined if every country has a different economic situation?

How is the policy of the European Central Bank determined if every country has a different economic situation? Is there a sort of weighing system that makes the economic situation of certain European ...
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Why do South and Latin American countries have small armies?

The examples in South and Latin America of countries with a small military are numerous: Mexico: only five F5F fighters, an old airplane that was nearly obsolete in the 1990s. The navy is only a ...
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How has Angus King explained why he's an Independent?

Angus King is an independent who caucuses with the Democrats. Unlike Bernie Sanders, he is a pretty normal-seeming Democrat, not a self-described democratic socialist. What has he said about his ...
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Why do the U.S. (and other republics) not have separate capital cities for each branch of government?

Background In South Africa, the cities of Bloemfontein, Cape Town, and Johannesburg are the seats of power for the Judicial, Legislative, and Executive branches of government. In the United States ...
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How to interpret these figures about refugees?

I am trying to find figures for the number of refugees in various countries. I am looking at the Internal Displacement Monitoring Center's website here, and I see this for India: I am very confused ...
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What are the groups that can legally challenge Trump's tariffs and can they have them reversed?

In a Wikipedia article about Trump's tariffs, it is argued that Trump's tariffs are illegal and The American Chamber of Commerce is considering suing. Can any other group other than them sue Trump and ...
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Is Norway in the Single Market?

Norway is an EEA/EFTA member and is not in the EU. The first Google hit for "is Norway in the Single Market?" indicates it is in the Single Market. But I thought Norway was not in the Single Market, ...
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Is Article 370 of the Indian constitution regarding Jammu and Kashmir a temporary provision? Can it be removed?

Article 370 of the Indian constitution is an article that gives autonomous status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Mr. Amit Shah, the BJP President, said recently that this provision is temporary, ...
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Has the US government provided details on plans to deal with AIDS and childhood cancer?

Twitter moments reports that Trump said that the US government is going to deal with the AIDS epidemic in the USA, and cure childhood cancer. Most of the comments in the Twitter moment, along with ...
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Why isn't it inherently anti-democratic for the CJEU to limit the Union legislator?

Pls see scan below. I don't understand how "[t]his view is mistaken." If the CJEU sets "hard limits for the Union legislator", how isn't this "inherently anti-democratic", whether "the democratic ...
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Which politicians (if any) are pushing for plant-based meat and dairy substitutes?

The other day, I went into a restaurant and bought a burger with a plant-based burger patty. I tasted one many years before and it was horrible, so I thought I'd see how far they've come now. Yes, it ...

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