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senate Bill S. 150

Banning Assault Weapons

Argument in favor

This bill would decrease gun murders and curb illegal gun sales.

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10/03/2015
These weapons are of no use to the general public. There have been so many mass casualties caused by these very weapons. They should be only for police and military.
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09/20/2019
I support the Assault Weapons Ban Act of 2019 (H.R. 1296, S.66). These are military-purpose weapons that have no legitimate use on our streets. There should be a one-year voluntary buyback period, followed by a three-month mandatory buyback period, after which all remaining assault weapons would be confiscated.
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USAFCCF's Opinion
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08/01/2015
Civilians don't need AK47s and M16s to believe otherwise is foolish. I'm trained on the M-60 machine gun, can I have one?
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Argument opposed

This bill fails to reduce crime and impedes on Second Amendment rights.

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06/20/2016
Automatic assault rifles were banned in US since mid 1930s. Our famous AR-15 is NOT an assault rifle. It's a semi-automatic rifle requiring a finger pull for each shot. Our liberal progressives had called the AR-15 a machine gun. Well, it is a machine and a gun and not automatic. Too many Hollywood war movies which feature this popular weapon show our Military wasting armo by shooting in the air. Ignorance is not knowledge and knowledge is not "talking points" from the DNC. Go to a gun store and educate yourself but sigh, it's easy to follow the progressive herd.
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06/20/2016
This bill would do nothing to get the guns away from criminals. Why should the people have their guns taken away as the police militarize. Also "assault weapons" are no different than any other gun in terms of functionality. They just look different. And fully automatic guns cost on average $15000 to $25000 and require very intense background checks and a $200 tax as well
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04/02/2016
Banning what are referred to as assault weapons by the ignorant people reporting the news will do nothing for anyone except criminals and honestly it won't even help them very much because millions of these more aptly named modern sporting rifles are already in circulation. Only about 300-400 people are killed either accidentally, by suicide, or murdered with people using these weapons annually while thousands more are killed by handgun welding perps, or suicide minded people, or by accidentally discharging. If a gun ban would be effective these liberal politicians should be going after handguns but they aren't. They are after the very weapons that citizens have to effectively protect themselves from tyranny.
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What is Senate Bill S. 150?

S. 150 aims to end the sale, manufacture, transfer and importation of 157 of the most commonly-owned military-style assault weapons. 


Under this legislation it would be unlawful to import, manufacture, sell, transfer or possess any "large capacity ammunition feeding device," generally accepted as any device that can handle more than ten rounds of ammunition. The bill excludes 2,258 hunting and sporting rifles and shotguns by specific make and model; any manually-operated firearm; any weapon that is lawfully possessed at the time of the bill's enactment; and assault weapons used by military, law enforcement and retired law enforcement.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 150

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AKA

Assault Weapons Ban of 2013

Official Title

A bill to regulate assault weapons, to ensure that the right to keep and bear arms is not unlimited, and for other purposes.

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    IntroducedJanuary 24th, 2013
    Automatic assault rifles were banned in US since mid 1930s. Our famous AR-15 is NOT an assault rifle. It's a semi-automatic rifle requiring a finger pull for each shot. Our liberal progressives had called the AR-15 a machine gun. Well, it is a machine and a gun and not automatic. Too many Hollywood war movies which feature this popular weapon show our Military wasting armo by shooting in the air. Ignorance is not knowledge and knowledge is not "talking points" from the DNC. Go to a gun store and educate yourself but sigh, it's easy to follow the progressive herd.
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    These weapons are of no use to the general public. There have been so many mass casualties caused by these very weapons. They should be only for police and military.
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    This bill would do nothing to get the guns away from criminals. Why should the people have their guns taken away as the police militarize. Also "assault weapons" are no different than any other gun in terms of functionality. They just look different. And fully automatic guns cost on average $15000 to $25000 and require very intense background checks and a $200 tax as well
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    More people are killed by hammers
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    This is not taking away from owning firearms. This is taking away firearms used to penetrate body armour and kill multiple people. These types of weapons are not used for home defense, personal protection or hunting. These types of weapons are made for military/swat personal.
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    Civilians don't need AK47s and M16s to believe otherwise is foolish. I'm trained on the M-60 machine gun, can I have one?
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    Ban assault weapons for law abiding citizens so only criminals have them? Yeah, that makes sense, to criminals, tyrants, and liberals.
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    I believe lawmakers and gun owners have a different view on what an "assault weapon" is. As a soldier in the United States Army, I carry an M4 Carbine. Which is an assault rifle. Because it has the capability to fire above semi automatic. Now, take the civilian counter part: the AR-15(armalite not assault rifle) is a "sporting" rifle. They are incapable of firing above 1 round every time you pull the trigger. The AR-15 has the same capabilities as a Springfield m1a or a Ruger mini 14. Lawmakers need to become more informed on the weapon system, not just the statistics.
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    Banning what are referred to as assault weapons by the ignorant people reporting the news will do nothing for anyone except criminals and honestly it won't even help them very much because millions of these more aptly named modern sporting rifles are already in circulation. Only about 300-400 people are killed either accidentally, by suicide, or murdered with people using these weapons annually while thousands more are killed by handgun welding perps, or suicide minded people, or by accidentally discharging. If a gun ban would be effective these liberal politicians should be going after handguns but they aren't. They are after the very weapons that citizens have to effectively protect themselves from tyranny.
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    Banning these is a direct violation if the second amendment
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    Blame the criminal, not the tool.
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    This bill fails to reduce crime and impedes on Second Amendment rights.
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    Are we talking about cars again? Oh we're not... My bad.
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    Assault rifles? So when's my hunting rifle gonna be a high powered sniper assault weapon?
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    This bill infringes on the second amendment first off and secondly the criminals will weapons regardless of the law. Taking away the law abiding citizens right to own these firearms leaves them vulnerable.
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    I support the Assault Weapons Ban Act of 2019 (H.R. 1296, S.66). These are military-purpose weapons that have no legitimate use on our streets. There should be a one-year voluntary buyback period, followed by a three-month mandatory buyback period, after which all remaining assault weapons would be confiscated.
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    Absolutely not, this will not impede those who get assault rifles illegally already. This is purely to disarm the common law abiding gun owner who according to statistics is not to blame for mass shootings and purely owns these weapons for sport, and home protection from enemies foreign and domestic. It is to protect ourselves when the government and police cannot and to protect ourselves against the tyrannical rule of said government. Every single time in history that a government took the right to own guns away it never ended well. This is a joke, it has already been shown that with laws like this the terrorists in California were still able to obtain the weapons the used to kill those people. This is laughable that such a travesty is even being placed for a vote. Shut it down!
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    Automatic assault weapons have been banned in the U.S. for a long time already! The AR-15 IS NOT AN ASSAULT RIFLE!!! It is only semi-automatic. GO TO A GUN STORE AND GET EDUCATED ON THE SUBJECT, instead of just parroting the Left's propaganda! It's so obvious what the Left is up to! See what the UN is doing that will impact your right to keep and bear arms: http://www.poa-iss.org/MGE/Documents/ISACS0530-Marking-v30.pdf https://s3.amazonaws.com/unoda-web/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/2016-06-10-Draft-6_final.pdf Now then, do y'all remember WHY we have the Second Amendment?! The Leftists would have you believe that it's to protect our right to go hunting or engage in shooting sports or for home/self defense. Here's a little piece of historical perspective for you: 72 Killed Resisting Gun Confiscation In Boston Something to think about. This article comes from zerohedge.com http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-06-20/72-killed-resisting-gun-confiscation-boston It could never happen here, right? Boston – National Guard units seeking to confiscate a cache of recently banned assault weapons were ambushed by elements of a Para-military extremist faction. Military and law enforcement sources estimate that 72 were killed and more than 200 injured before government forces were compelled to withdraw. Speaking after the clash, the Massachusetts Governor declared that the extremist faction, which was made up of local citizens, has links to the radical right-wing tax protest movement. The Governor blamed the extremists for recent incidents of vandalism directed against internal revenue offices. The governor, who described the group’s organizers as “criminals,” issued an executive order authorizing the summary arrest of any individual who has interfered with the government’s efforts to secure law and order. The military raid on the extremist arsenal followed wide-spread refusal by the local citizenry to turn over recently outlawed assault weapons. The Governor issued a ban on military-style assault weapons and ammunition earlier in the week. This decision followed a meeting in early this month between government and military leaders at which the governor authorized the forcible confiscation of illegal arms. One government official, speaking on condition of anonymity, pointed out that “none of these people would have been killed had the extremists obeyed the law and turned over their weapons voluntarily.” Government troops initially succeeded in confiscating a large supply of outlawed weapons and ammunition. However, troops attempting to seize arms and ammunition met with resistance from heavily-armed extremists who had been tipped off regarding the government’s plans. During a tense standoff in the Lexington town park, National Guard Colonel Francis Smith, commander of the government operation, ordered the armed group to surrender and return to their homes. The impasse was broken by a single shot, which was reportedly fired by one of the right-wing extremists. Eight civilians were killed in the ensuing exchange. Ironically, the local citizenry blamed government forces rather than the extremists for the civilian deaths. Before order could be restored, armed citizens from surrounding areas had descended upon the guard units. Colonel Smith, finding his forces over-matched by the armed mob, ordered a retreat. The Governor has called upon citizens to support the state/national joint task force in its effort to restore law and order. The governor also demanded the surrender of those responsible for planning and leading the attack against the government troops. Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, and John Hancock, who have been identified as “ringleaders” of the extremist faction, remain at large. And this fellow Americans, is how the American Revolution began, April 20, 1775. So you see, the Second Amendment was included to protect us from tyranny! The Leftists would have you to believe that Constitutional conservative patriots are against the government. That is not the case! What we are against is the erosion of our Constitutional rights and the diminishing of the system of checks and balances in the federal government! We are staunch supporters and defenders of the Republic and the rule of law! If you don't have a copy of the Constitution, I urge you to get one! Know your rights! Don't just take the word of the media and politicians! Our rights, once lost, will take enormous effort to regain them! And the globalists and political elites are doing everything in their power to transform our Republic into a regional entity like the EU. Another thing to keep in mind is the fact that those who are granted the power to rule do everything they can to prolong and increase that power and the influence, wealth and perks that come with the power that they have been entrusted with, or that they have seized illegally. It takes a lot of honor, integrity, and humility for a person to relinquish power willingly. Here's a glimpse into what that could mean for the U.S.A.: [This is long, but worth your time and attention. The globalist open borders people want something like this for Canada, the U.S., and Mexico. WE MUST NOT LET THAT HAPPEN!] Pro-Brexit Movie Masterfully Exposes EU Horror Show • What is really at stake: self-government, democratic accountability, the rule of law, decentralized power, individual liberty, and national sovereignty! Written by Alex Newman Friday, 20 May 2016 20:00 There are more than 100 European Union laws that govern pillows. Almost 500 EU laws cover towels. More than 65 EU laws deal with bathrooms. A “mere” 31 EU laws cover toothbrushes, while close to 50 govern toothpaste, and more than 170 deal with mirrors. And that is all just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the super-state's radical lawmaking. Yet, the people of Europe have no clue what those laws say, how they were made, by whom, or even for what purpose. More importantly, perhaps, they have no way of getting rid of the laws or those who usurped the power to make them. But now, thanks to the “British Exit” (Brexit) referendum coming up on June 23, the British people have what may be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to secede from the out-of-control super-state that has taken over their lives. And the new film Brexit: The Movie, which highlighted the dizzying array of EU laws listed here, may be the best resource yet for explaining the necessity of restoring Britain's independence. Best of all, it is available for free. In a little more than an hour, the hard-hitting documentary gives a thorough overview of the many dangers posed by the EU. One commentator interviewed in the film compares EU membership with being shackled to a rotting corpse. The analogy is fitting in more ways than one. Another source interviewed in the film says, “The EU is turning into a dictatorship, and this is not overstating it.” And indeed, the movie makes a powerful case that a dangerous dictatorship is exactly what the EU is becoming. The film does an especially great job of debunking the myths and fear-mongering being peddled by pro-EU apparatchiks in the establishment and beyond. A brief tour through Switzerland, which is by far Europe's most successful nation on every metric yet and which has fiercely resisted pressure to join the EU, drives the point home perfectly. Britain can regain its sovereignty, and at the same time benefit immensely as a result. “This is the most important voting decision that any of us is going to make in our lifetime,” says James Delingpole, a hilariously witty British journalist, in the film. “With general elections it doesn't really matter who you vote for, Conservative or Labor, because you know that in four years time you can change your mind. This time, you can't change your mind.” Numerous other entertaining and knowledgeable experts, journalists, economists, politicians, authors, and EU critics interviewed for the film explain why the people of Britain must seize the chance to regain their independence and their liberties. The documentary does a great job exposing the sinister underside of EU policymaking — it happens completely outside of public scrutiny, and is essentially impossible for citizens to stop. Among other clever strategies for illustrating that, the filmmakers show people on the street photographs of top EU bosses. “Do you recognize this man?” they ask. Of course, nobody does. Other questions include ones asking passers-by whether they know the difference between the European Council, the Council of Europe, and the Council of the European Union. Obviously, the response from everyone is confusion at best. Essentially, the EU is an impenetrable morass of out-of-control bureaucracy. It is also a monster at odds with the fundamental principles of liberty and Western civilization. And the film makes that abundantly clear in a funny, entertaining, and powerful way. Even British lawmakers interviewed in the film admit they do not understand how the EU system works. One parliamentarian, David Davis, compares the EU's bureaucracy to a “priesthood that knows how it all works.” “The rest of us ordinary citizens don't know how it works,” he said, adding that it leads to a “massive transfer of power.” And that is the point: The architects of the regime did not want everyday people to understand it. As journalist and author Janet Daley explains in the film, “It was devised so that the great mass of the people could not control government, ever again.” The implications of that fact alone ought to be more than enough to persuade people to rise up and vote for secession. But that's only the beginning. Another key element of the film is the highlighting of the economic destruction wrought on the British economy by EU laws and regulations. “Fortress Europe,” as the narrator refers to the super-state, has been a “calamity” to the European economy. That is backed up by great amounts of evidence. In particular, the movie shows how eurocrats in Brussels helped to crush the livelihoods of countless British fishermen, who for centuries have fished the waters of the British isles. Remarkably, the EU has even started paying British ex-fishermen with tax money to allow their boats to be destroyed. Also under threat because of the EU are British exporters in everything from candy to heavy manufacturing. With interviews of the EU's economic victims, the film does a magnificent job of putting a human face on the massive tragedy the EU has inflicted. Eurocrats, by contrast, do quite well for themselves. Among other perks, the armies of faceless bureaucrats and other busybodies earn massively bloated salaries, absurd benefits, gargantuan “expense” accounts, and much more, living a life of luxury that the everyday taxpayers who fund it all could not even begin to contemplate. The film gives a brief overview of these benefits, and suggests that it is one of the reasons why support for the EU is so fervent among the political and bureaucratic classes that benefit from the arrangements. Watching it all roll by on film, the parallels between the lifestyles and attitudes of the EU's ruling classes and those of the communist elite in China or the Soviet Union are hard to ignore. Just as importantly, the eurocrats have become masters at strategically buying support for their machinations with other people's money. The EU “diverts great rivers of taxpayers' cash to the tax-consuming middle class intelligentsia in our sprawling publicly funded establishment,” the narrator of the film observes. “The European Union is very good at purchasing the loyalty of powerful and articulate interests in all the member states,” says Daniel Hannan, a member of the European pseudo-“Parliament” with the U.K. Independence Party and a leading critic of the super-state. “What we see here is really a racket.” Numerous others echo those concerns. Indeed, massive amounts of taxpayer funding are showered on everything from museums and universities to lobbying groups and charities. That provides a built-in layer of support for the EU, of course, but is a huge burden on those unwittingly forced to fund it — not to mention inimical to the interests of everyday citizens. Showcasing an EU-funded opera house in the Northeast Britain, for example, the film points out that for every one pound of EU funding returned to the area, taxpayers fork over almost 2.5 pounds to Brussels. In short, massive taxation without representation to fund propaganda and useless support-buying projects. The film also touches on Britain's history. Despite the successful uprising by American colonists against the British crown, it is true that Britain has been responsible for some of humanity's greatest advances in individual liberty. The Brexit movie highlights, among other examples, the world-famous Magna Carta. Also highlighted is the rise of the principle that the people must consent to taxes and government through elected representatives before they can be legitimate. Under the EU, over a thousand years of traditions in liberty and self-government pioneered by the Anglo-Saxon world are in mortal danger — at least on the British Isles. The Brexit film highlights another major potential danger emerging from the EU's machinations: the rise of totalitarian extremism, ranging from radical leftists and communists to racist and fascist forces that some of the film's interviewees mistakenly refer to as “far-right.” (Having collectivist tyranny such as fascism and socialism on opposite ends of a political spectrum makes no logical sense, as it leaves no place on the spectrum for liberty and limited government). In the documentary, footage of frightening fascist-style marches with Nazi-style symbols, uniforms, and torches overlaid with eerie music is sure to leave a lasting impression on viewers. If there can be any criticism of the film, it is that it does not properly explain the shadowy globalist establishment — the Council on Foreign Relations, the Bilderberg group, and other like-minded outfits — that has publicly boasted of its crucial role in foisting the super-state on Europeans. Without understanding the powers behind the EU, it is hard to understand the real agenda, and why it is so crucial that Europeans, and the British in particular, fight back. The film also provides no mention of the well-documented role of the U.S. government, via the CIA and other agencies, in imposing the scheme on Europeans. Nor is the deception that was used given its due. http://www.thenewamerican.com/world-news/europe/item/23120-the-real-agenda-behind-the-cia-spawning-the-eu Unfortunately, the film also relies heavily on the term “democracy,” a system of government America's Founders rejected as unstable mob rule that jeopardizes individual rights — God-given rights that the Founders believed should be protected by law under a republican form of government. The film could have instead used better terminology to describe what is really at stake: self-government, democratic accountability, the rule of law, decentralized power, individual liberty, and so on. VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MzxC8Mqupw The movie also leaves out some of the more terrifying anti-democratic elements of the EU, including its ongoing efforts to build itself a military loyal only to Brussels that would enforce its decrees, beyond the control of the people. Such a force would be an extreme danger, yet the EU's efforts to usurp control of Britain's armed forces are not addressed. http://www.thenewamerican.com/world-news/europe/item/23163-eu-building-potentially-tyrannical-military-police-force Still, despite those failings, the film does a masterful job of showing Britons and other Europeans why they must urgently and decisively reject the EU — at least if they hope to retain any semblance of liberty, nationhood, self-government, and prosperity. After seeing the devastating indictment of the EU, it is hard to imagine any argument that could persuade any logical person (who did not hate freedom and prosperity) that Britain should remain shackled to the totalitarian super-state. That means the film successfully accomplishes what its makers and funders set out to do: truthfully expose the EU in an entertaining, easy-to-understand way, such that the people of Britain will realize the necessity of secession. The film is a must-see for every European, whether they live in the United Kingdom or not. If enough Europeans see it, the EU will almost certainly collapse amid a public uprising. There is not enough tax-funded propaganda in the world that could prop up the autocratic super-state in the face of the truth so eloquently showcased in the film. As the Obama administration and establishment Republicans in Congress attempt to shackle Americans to the EU super-state via the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (#TTIP), even the people of the United States should see it. The film would be an excellent warning of why America should avoid like the plague any entangling alliances with the regime in Brussels. http://www.thenewamerican.com/world-news/item/15952-transatlantic-danger-us-eu-merger-talks-underway-in-d-c In short, Brexit: The Movie could be a very valuable tool for throwing a monkey wrench into the globalist agenda. And it's available for free on the Internet. Use it. Alex Newman, a foreign correspondent for The New American, is normally based in Europe. Follow him on Twitter@ALEXNEWMAN_JOU. He can be reached at anewman​@​thenewamerican.com Related articles: Brexit: EU on Trial http://www.thenewamerican.com/reviews/opinion/item/22689-brexit-eu-on-trial Brexit Panic: CFR, Media Step Up Campaign to Scare British Voters http://www.thenewamerican.com/world-news/europe/item/22947-brexit-panic-cfr-media-step-up-campaign-to-scare-british-voters WikiLeaks: IMF Plans New Economic Crisis Before Brexit Vote http://www.thenewamerican.com/world-news/europe/item/22930-wikileaks-imf-plans-new-economic-crisis-before-brexit-vote The Real Agenda Behind the CIA Spawning the EU http://www.thenewamerican.com/world-news/europe/item/23120-the-real-agenda-behind-the-cia-spawning-the-eu Leaked TTIP Deal to Merge U.S. and EU Triggers Outrage http://www.thenewamerican.com/world-news/europe/item/23112-leaked-ttip-deal-to-merge-u-s-and-eu-triggers-outrage Dirty Campaign to Stop Brit EU Exit: Refugee Deluge, Interrogating Schoolkids, Hiding Tax Hikes http://www.thenewamerican.com/world-news/europe/item/22650-dirty-campaign-to-stop-brit-eu-exit-refugee-deluge-interrogating-schoolkids-hiding-tax-hikes UK’s Cameron, Osborne Urge G20 to Scare Brits to Vote Against EU Exit http://www.thenewamerican.com/world-news/europe/item/22640-uk-s-cameron-osborne-urge-g20-to-scare-brits-to-vote-against-eu-exit G20: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/G20 Fake “Anti-Establishment” Movement Demands More Power for EU http://www.thenewamerican.com/world-news/europe/item/22732-fake-anti-establishment-movement-demands-more-power-for-eu The EU: Regionalization Trumps Sovereignty http://thenewamerican.com/world-news/item/16343-the-eu-regionalization-trumps-sovereignty EU in Final Phase of Destroying Democracy, Czech President Warns http://www.thenewamerican.com/world-news/europe/item/12951-eu-in-final-phase-of-destroying-democracy-czech-president-warns Hungarian PM: Mass Migration a Plot to Destroy Christian West http://www.thenewamerican.com/world-news/europe/item/22853-hungarian-pm-mass-migration-a-plot-to-destroy-christian-west United States of Europe http://www.thenewamerican.com/world-news/europe/item/15360-united-states-of-europe http://www.thenewamerican.com/world-news/europe/item/23228-pro-brexit-movie-masterfully-exposes-eu-horror-show?tmpl=component&print=1
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    Criminals don't follow the law.
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    At this point in time, trying anything is better than doing nothing and later having to account for inaction.
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