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Human Nature vs Socialist Medicine

Why are health care costs so high?

Many years ago, anyone could declare themselves a doctor; and any collection of individuals could form a group to pool their money to insure themselves against catastrophic injuries or illnesses. Of course once in awhile those two freedoms went wrong. A shyster might make money while doing damage, instead of following good medical science. And, a shyster might run off with the insurance money; and buy an estate in Argentina under an assumed name.

Bad news tends to get the most attention. That’s human nature. It’s also human nature for do-gooders to ignore all the good that goes on; and swoop into the situation to fix it. A bunch of doctors got together and formed the American Medical Association. The AMA declared themselves the owners of the title Doctor, and dictated who could call themselves one, and who would be allowed to heal people. How nice. The supply of doctors dropped, and medical care steadily got more expensive.

And do-gooders swooped into State governments to protect defenseless Americans from assembling by their free will, as the First Amendment says we may, to insure themselves. People used to join the Moose Lodge or Rotary Club to get insurance, or form their own club. Now, insurance must be State approved in accordance with regulations designed to protect NOT US, but the companies’ market. I recently checked to see if I could buy a cheapo policy, since Republicans removed the mandate that all policies must abide Obamacare. Nope. NY and VT don’t allow it. Obamacare was an attempt to control insurance in all states, same scam nation wide. NY stayed in it.

As decades go by, and troubles increase, Democrats declare capitalism doesn’t work, and swoop in to do more and more good. It isn’t free market. It’s crony capitalism by overregulation. People who listen to Lester Holt repeat Nancy Pelosi learn capitalism is bad, government will make those evil rich businessmen stop ripping us off. Corporations benefit.

When it comes to doctors, AMA approved universities own the keys to the career. Once a doctor finally gets to make a ton of money, malpractice insurance takes a big chunk. To give just one example of how tort lawyers harm the system, look at staph infection suits. For decades, hospitals and surgeons and sterilization specialists got sued whenever someone suffered staph after a surgery. Come to find out, staph was in the patients’ skin. The cleanest scalpel could release it into the bloodstream, to grow in various organs, traveling around, often killing the victim. Now, they use better soap before cutting. Who knew? Did all those damage rewards get repaid to the defendants? No. We all get to pay malpractice insurance whenever we risk going to the doctor; so a lucky few can sue for millions of dollars. It’s a scam on doctors and customers. Malpractice insurance mongers never lose. They just raise rates. That cost falls on the consumer.

We also get ripped off in the Medicare scam. Federal money goes to hospitals to pay for poor, destitute, retired Americans, those people who visit hospitals the most.  Instead of providing care those Americans can afford, hospitals jack their rates to take advantage of Uncle Sam’s deep pockets. Human nature is to want more, after all. Medicare costs skyrocket. Every time a fiscal conservative points to human nature causality, he’s labeled cruel to old people. We also get ripped on EMTALA, Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act. Any hospital accepting Medicare must treat penniless people for free, in emergency rooms. Any hospital that decides not to treat medicare patients, to avoid the rip off, soon finds itself losing money anyway. Those federal dollars own the market, and screw anyone who won’t abide do-gooders’ rules. That’s when people who DO have money leave their wallets home whenever showing up for emergency treatment. Broke your leg? Put on a crappy sweatshirt and pants. Get fixed for free. Massachusetts hospitals were going broke at an alarming rate. Citizens got Romneycare. Instead of each State forming their own version, the whole country got Obamacare. Who wins? A few crony capitalist insurance moguls and hospital network bosses. What’s next? Medicare for all, so Socialists can constantly scream for more money, while hospitals raise rates. Human nature.

So, that’s where we get $40 aspirin, $50 gauze pads, and $3500 hotel rooms with minimal medical staff necessary qualifying them as something the AMA calls health care. Now Jon Stewart wants to feed the NY medical industry another $2 billion on top of $7 billion; because it’s human nature to pretend sick people don’t die at any cost. It’s been 18 years. If they could be cured, we’d know by now.

What’s a medical vacation? It’s when people take two weeks in Spain or Honduras to have a procedure, live it up at a beach resort, and return home for the same money surgery alone would have cost in America. Research the cost of delivering a baby outside the US. They advertise in English for Americans. In the US, being born is a racket, and dying is an over regulated funeral industry racket, and everything in between is a racket.

Within a few years of mandatory car insurance, the price of a fender went from $80 to $400. The men twice as tall as I was talked about it. I listened. Regulated crony capitalism is a rip off. Democrats declare capitalism evil, regulate it more to drive small business competition out, and hand the market to their big donor friends who have Chinese slaves make their car parts.

Let’s get back to free market.

 

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Siding with a UK Nuke Protester

During my Air Force tour in England, working flight line on F-111F avionics as radio swapper, I tended to move around a lot. My fifth out of six apartments was the best one, in 1982/3. It was in a small village with field stone shops all around, classic pub a across the street, and a great Indian restaurant next door. The ‘flat’ was over a butcher’s shop. And, my roommate was a cute girl I didn’t date. The only drawback was working 12 hour shifts far too often for the peacetime US Air Force.
After 6 or 8 months of trouble free living around friendly people, one day I awoke to a party in the living room. I knew most of them, and spent the next half hour quietly waking up after sleeping all day after a 12 hour night shift, with no work the next day. How fortunate. Beer for breakfast. Conversation. My friendly ex girlfriend, sister to roommate, sat down with me. We talked about her job in Saudi Arabia, a very lucrative nursing gig. I asked why Saudis didn’t have nurses, stuff like that. After some chat, she revealed her purpose, jokester that she was.
“Do you know that woman sitting in the corner?” She nodded toward a dour, olive green army shirt, page boy haircut sitting there, around 40 in age and extra weight, ginger with matching skin and freckles. I said, “No.” “Well,” she said, “She’s the number two nuclear protester in Great Britain.” I didn’t react much, in a ‘that’s nice’ kind of easy-going way. Being just fine with it made it natural to act unimpressed and casually tolerant of the Commie in my living room. But, my ex was patient. She knew me, and knew odds of something interesting happening were good. Well, it was the Commie’s doing, not mine. I was in a room full of Brits, the lone American nuclear bomber worker in sight. Ex added that the top nuke protester was up at Greenham Common; where Thatcher and Reagan were installing the first Cruise Missiles that would eventually replace my jet after Iraq War I. So, the Commie was the pinnacle of her species in the area. “Great.”

I went about partying, sipping beer real slow for breakfast, munching party food, and putting music on my truly excellent stereo. After less than an hour, I found the Commie sitting next to me in a chair she carried over, blocking the door. She said, “Hello.” That’s all it took. Without showing anything, my adrenaline went to sports mode. The whole room became a gallery, waiting to see what the Yank might do. “Helloooo,” said Yank.

“Do you know who I am?” the Feminazi-Commie asked. “Yes, I’ve just been advised that you’re the top nuke protester around here; and your boss is up at Greenham Common.”   “Well, what do you think?” “I appreciate your work, and I hope you win.”   “What?”          “I hope you win, achieve your goal.”

“How can you say that, doing what you do?” Ex had whispered into her ear, too. What followed was the result of reading a few thousand books as a kid, and several dozen as a young adult. Being fired up in that situation caused a lot of thinking to erupt in sentence structure I’m fairly proud of, and remember quite well. Excitement does that with memory.

“Well, ya know, the Air Force works us pretty hard most days. We go home tired. But, on some occasions our job is to sit out in the dark in a bread truck all night, and be ready, while other squadrons do operations. This subject comes up. What the hell are we doin’ here?” She stared at me. “Here’s my version. When I was 18 years old, I held my hand up (holding hand up) and swore that I was willing to risk my life to protect the Constitution of the United States, and obey the orders of the Commander in Chief as delegated through the chain of command.”
This is all stuff I thought about; so the words came easy. But, the First Amendment part came like God stuffed it in there, something I knew, but didn’t connect with operating nuke bombers. It hit me as I finished the last sentence.

“Now, I’m no constitutional scholar. But, it occurs to me that FreedomaSpeech is the only TRUE right we have. Using Freedom of Speech, we can change any other right. And, using Freedom of Speech, we can change it back if we don’t like the result. But, without Freedom of Speech, we have nothing, and we are nothing.”

“After basic training, my command sent me to Idaho, where I learned how to be useful on an Air Force flight line. After a couple of years, one day, I received orders to NATO. Now, the Air Force doesn’t advertise this fact, but everybody hears the story. We don’t have to serve in NATO. All ya do is knock on the commander’s door, and tell him NATO isn’t part of the oath. Your career might be a bit short, but you don’t have to go. I said ‘no, I want to serve in NATO.’ My country is weak without allies; and you have Freedom of Speech. It’s in your (she said with me) Magna Carta. So, in effect, with every GI here, I volunteered to risk my life to defend your Freedom of Speech; because I’m defending my own.

I get here to England, and after a couple of weeks, I see nuke protesters at the base, on the way into work. Every American has seen protesters, job actions, nukes, anti war. And I think to myself, what better use of Freedom of Speech than to protest the most horrifying — we can’t imagine the shock wave, the heat — they’re the worst thing. The worst. And I was on a jet in the Alert Area. I walked out under the wing and touched a silver thing, just to be able to call home and tell my momma I did it. (true story) The government of the United States won’t confirm or deny what that is. But, I know what you and I think it is. The worst thing.

And then I look at a map of Europe. And I see a line across it. And that line is called the (Churchill voice) Iron Curtain, named by one of my favorite people in history. And I see people on the news risking their lives, much more closely than I risk mine, to get across that line going one way, but not the other. If you want to go the other way, you just walk through the Brandenburg Gate. Tell the guards you want to live in worker’s utopia. That to me, is the litmus for everything going on here.

And I see our leaders. We use Freedom of Speech to elect the finest people we can. And they love their children just as much as we do. And they see your protest. You know they do, or you wouldn’t be there. And they just can’t seem to bring themselves to unilaterally disarm from those dirty, expensive weapons. I gotta go with that; because frankly, I don’t want to be a slave.

So, if you can solve those things, and do away with nukes — and I know a brick hits a windshield sometimes, and people paint jets. I chalk that up to, some people just don’t get it. If you can solve all that with your protest, and end nuclear weapons, that’ll be the best day. There’ll be a party, and I’ll be there, and I’ll belong there, and I mean it. I’ll bring beer, and share it.” The room seemed relaxed. The Commie looked thoughtful and pleasant.

Then I said, “Another thing. I am willing to risk my life for your right to protest outside a Soviet nuclear base; but my command hasn’t asked me to, …… YET.”

I waited to listen.  She marched out of my house. No more party. I wasn’t invited to where they were going. My roommate loved me for it. My Ex, not so much.

 

 

 

Mueller paragraph

Because we determined not to make a traditional prosecutorial judgement, we did not draw ultimate conclusions about the President’s conduct. The evidence we obtained about the President’s actions and intent presents difficult issues that would need to be resolved if we were making a traditional prosecutorial judgement. At the same time, if we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the President clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state. Based on the facts and the applicable legal standards, we are unable to reach that judgement. Accordingly, while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him. —–end

Phone call after Mueller Letter: // When Barr pressed Mueller on whether he thought Barr’s memo to Congress was inaccurate, Mueller said he did not but felt that the media coverage of it was misinterpreting the investigation, officials said.

In their call, Barr also took issue with Mueller calling his memo a “summary,” saying he had never intended to summarize the voluminous report, but instead provide an account of its top conclusions, officials said. \\ ___Wa. Post

Key line in Mueller Letter: // “The summary letter the Department sent to Congress and released to the public late in the afternoon of March 24 did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance of this office’s work and conclusions,” Mueller wrote. “There is now public confusion about critical aspects of the results of our investigation. This threatens to undermine a central purpose for which the Department appointed the Special Counsel: to assure full public confidence in the outcome of the investigations.” \\ ___same WaPo article

The outcome was Mueller pretending prosecutors exonerate people.

Mueller corrects self:       “I want to add one correction to my testimony this morning,” Mueller said. “I want to go back to one thing that was said this morning by Mr. Lieu, who said and I quote, ‘You didn’t charge the President because of the OLC opinion.’ That is not the correct way to say it. As we say in the report and as I said at the opening, we did not reach a determination as to whether the President committed a crime.”

Something no media reported:

Randy Credico, (Bernie supporter, radio host):

11:08 AM, wait 12 hours
11:17 AM, I’m a wreck
11:22 AM, One thing you fail to understand and that is Hillary is a scary serious and dangerous person who will kiII without conscience the same way Luca Brasi did

Roger Stone: 11:28 AM, Don’t be a p___y – the higher your profile – the safer you will be

Randy: 11:30 AM, I’m not worried about me…

———————end. I couldn’t make out any more text.

This is transcribed off OAN video, 5:11 AM, 11/21/2018. The journalist presenting it didn’t mention what I could see on the screen. No other media did, either. Google search has nothing on it.
This parallels a story of unnamed staffer who says Hillary suggested drone bombing Assange. When everyone laughed at the joke, Hillary’s demeanor was described as not joking.

Google search: hillary drone bomb assange:

To Silence Wikileaks, Hillary Clinton Proposed Drone Strike

https://www.snopes.com › Fact Check › Conspiracy Theories

 

Claim: Hillary Clinton proposed assassinating Julian Assange via drone strike to silence WikiLeaks.

‘reticent’ to comment on report Clinton floated drone strike … – TheHill

 

Oct 3, 2016 – Clinton campaign spokesperson Robby Mook refuses to deny Clinton “Can’t we drone this guy [Assange]?” quote https://t.co/m5IJYeVxZW.

‘Specific info’ forces WikiLeaks to move anticipated announcement to …

Oct 3, 2016 – Hillary Clinton on Assange “Can’t we just drone this guy” — report … of State Hillary Clinton asked if Assange could be killed in a drone strike.

Commie Manifesto 101

Commie Manifesto fraud explained.
Everything not shown here is baffle-BS eyewash distraction to obscure the scam.

Last sentences of Part 1: //What the bourgeoisie therefore produces, above all, are its own grave-diggers. Its fall and the victory of the proletariat are equally inevitable.\\

Near top of Part 2: //The Communists do not form a separate party opposed to the other working-class parties.They have no interests separate and apart from those of the proletariat as a whole.

The Communists, therefore, are on the one hand, practically, the most advanced and resolute section of the working-class parties of every country, that section which pushes forward all others; on the other hand, theoretically, they have over the great mass of the proletariat the advantage of clearly understanding the line of march, the conditions, and the ultimate general results of the proletarian movement.

The immediate aim of the Communists is the same as that of all other proletarian parties: formation of the proletariat into a class, overthrow of the bourgeois supremacy, conquest of political power by the proletariat.\\

=== So far, we have an inevitable victory that can’t be achieved without a section of smart people who understand the goal. ‘What are we fighting for? We don’t know. Just win, baby.’

Near bottom Part 2: //Of course, in the beginning, this cannot be effected except by means of despotic inroads on the rights of property, and on the conditions of bourgeois production; by means of measures, therefore, which appear economically insufficient and untenable, but which, in the course of the movement, outstrip themselves, necessitate further inroads upon the old social order, and are unavoidable as a means of entirely revolutionising the mode of production.\\

=== In the beginning, Despotism. Immediately below, we come to the misnamed ‘planks’ that Marx/Engles named despotic inroads.

// 6. Centralisation of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the State. \\

=== Transport is the ability to assemble. It’s impossible to attend a meeting unless the Communist section that understood the ultimate general results permits travel to it. And, communication obviously means the Communist section controls speech.

When does “the beginning” end? Never. #6 was the goal. All that schittt about property and means of production is distraction from the power of despots to dictate what speech is Politically Correct.

The Chinese switched to allow individual Proletariat to own businesses, keep profit, invest… The Communist section still controls speech. That’s Fascism, a distinction without a difference.

Fake News’ Fake News on “Fake News …enemy of the American People!”

The real term is ‘liars’; but, President Trump chose to call news media liars “Fake News”. Can we trust those liars to correctly report on “…enemy of the American People!”?   I find we cannot. Terrorists hide among noncombatants. Fake News liars hide among journalists.

The Capital Gazette shooting story tipped me off to the double lie told by a Fake News individual liar calling himself a journalist. Breitbart’s Boyle reported:

—- In a since-deleted and apologized-for tweet, Reuters editor John Cox wrote that Trump had blood on his hands. “This is what happens when @realDonaldTrump calls journalists the enemy of the people. Blood is on your hands, Mr. President. Save your thoughts and prayers for your empty soul,” Cox wrote on Twitter. “At least four people killed in Maryland newspaper shooting: reports.” —-

Cox did apologize regarding his emotional response to a mass shooter, but not for misstating Trump’s tweets. And his Chief Editor, Adler put out a statement: “Earlier this evening, Reuters Breakingviews Editor Rob Cox tweeted about the shooting in Annapolis, Maryland. He has since deleted the tweet and apologized. Mr. Cox’s actions were inconsistent with the Thomson Reuters Trust Principles requiring journalists to maintain freedom from bias. We do not condone his behavior and will take appropriate action.”

Both Cox’s apology, and Adler’s statement, ignore the first lie, not about a shooting, in Cox’s tweet, that Trump calls journalists the enemy of the people. Here are Trump’s tweets containing enemy and people. All clearly state Fake News is the enemy, not media or journalists.

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump — ….it is very possible that those sources don’t exist but are made up by fake news writers. is the enemy! 
Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump — The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People! 
 
Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump — So funny to watch the Fake News, especially NBC and CNN. They are fighting hard to downplay the deal with North Korea. 500 days ago they would have “begged” for this deal-looked like war would break out. Our Country’s biggest enemy is the Fake News so easily promulgated by fools! 
Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump — Why was the FBI giving so much information to the Fake News Media. They are not supposed to be doing that, and knowing the enemy of the people Fake News, they put their own spin on it – truth doesn’t matter to them!
I didn’t search Trump’s entire Twitter account for, ‘enemy people’. Those are the four that make the top three pages of Google search: trump twitter enemy of the american people. And, to get a look at both Google and the media, I also searched: trump quote enemy american people, and : trump tweet enemy american people.
In those without ‘twitter,’ we don’t get Trump’s Twitter page in the first thirty results. In the Twitter search, we get it as a third result. Google omits his page unless the exact word is entered. Most media leaves ‘Fake News’ out of their stories, regardless.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/8327082…

No information is available for this page.
Learn why  [clicking gives us — “If you see a result with “No information is available” in Google Search: It means that Google could not access the page in order to create a useful description to show in Search results.”]

Kyle Griffin on Twitter: “Here’s the tweet Trump deleted—he’s seriously …

NEW Trump tweet now includes ABC and CBS in his list of fake news media. … @realDonaldTrump @POTUS The only enemy to the American people is you …

Donald J. Trump on Twitter: “The FAKE NEWS media (failing …

Feb 17, 2017 – The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!  

I don’t know why Kyle got top billing after the item they can’t access, accessed in the third result. Glitch?
Aside from the top three here, all searches were about the same. Do it yourself. Google, and most of the media, like to lop off the front end of Trump’s clear statement on Fake News. They lie that he says media and journalists are the ‘enemy of the American People.’
It’s simple quote mining.  Exceptions to the rule are the LA Times, UK Independent, USA Today, and Variety. Here are some examples of Google and Fake News collaboration on reportage of Fake News, the enemy. #30 by ABC is the best one.

Trump Calls the News Media the ‘Enemy of the American People … nytimes.  

Trump: Media Is ‘Enemy of the American People’ – The Daily Beast 

Also mining for the same ore, The Hill, Politico, Axios, CNN, Business Insider, CNET, WaPo, Mediate, New Yorker, Deadline, Chicago Tribune, WRAL, Slate, Quora, HuffPo…  It’s one big lie by a hundred keyboards leaving ‘Fake News’ out of those quotes, as if commanded by boss wizard behind a curtain. Here’s #9: 

Half of Republicans say the news media should be described as the …

Apr 26, 2018 – President Trump speaks in Washington on Dec. … the United States disparaged the news media as “the enemy of the American people” within …

 The UK Independent was good in Feb ’17, but Dec 5, ’17, they ran a poll story just like the 2018 WaPo item here, lopping the lead off Trump’s quote, as usual.
Now we get to #30. ABC. Returning to it, moved to #31:

As Trump resumes attacks on press in Europe, critics warn of ripple …

2 days ago – U.S. President Donald Trump gestures while speaking to NATO … had taken to Twitter once again to denounce “the enemy of the people Fake …

Google didn’t put the News on Fake, at the end there. The title says ‘attacks on press’. In Europe. Oh no. How embarrassing. Excerpt:
—- “Good morning, everybody. Good morning to the media — the legitimate media and the fake-news media,” Trump said as he opened a bilateral breakfast meeting Wednesday with the secretary general of NATO. “Good morning to them. A lot of good people here. Surprising.” ——
So far so good, real quote, ‘legitimate and fake, a lot of good people’. How will ABC support that headline?

—- The fact that the whole world was watching in Brussels and London was significant because Trump’s refrains of “fake news” are increasingly finding sympathy from other world leaders seeking to curtail freedom of speech, according to Tim Franklin, the senior associate dean at the Medill School of Journalism.”The fake news mantra has been weaponized against the entire news media industry,” Franklin told ABC News. “He’s normalizing that narrative against the media internationally.”

Among the world leaders attending the NATO summit this week was President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, who has been accused of jailing journalists and leading a crackdown on opposition voices while in office. The Committee to Protect Journalists named Turkey “the world’s worst jailer” of journalists two years in a row. According to the nonprofit, 73 journalists were behind bars there in 2017.

Also in attendance was Polish President Andrzej Duda, who has frequently praised Trump for fighting “fake news” and has also tried to crack down on journalists in his own country. —-

Do read the whole article. I have only half the comedy here. The underlined portions are lies about Fake News in the first line. Curtail freedom of speech? No, curtail liars lying about freedom of speech, not by jailing them, but by using his speech against theirs. Entire news media industry? No, he said legitimate media are good people. That’s in this article, right there, look! The media? Journalists? No, just your kind, ABC and pseudo-intellectual Franklin, whoever you are. And Erdogan might be the world’s worst, was during Obama’s term, and didn’t need prose a la Trump to be the world’s worst jailer of “good people” Trump did NOT label Fake News.

Or, is Maduro the worst? China? Cuba? Iran? I don’t trust Fake News to tell me who is the worst jailer of real journalists reporting truth of despots. Fake News media can’t be trusted to report on Fake News statements, or anything else. Fake News liars are akin to those Erdogan does not jail, beat down, or kill off.

Excerpts from DC vs Heller

http://www.scotusblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/07-290.pdf

Scalia makes great arguments on the meanings of Second Amendment terms. But, he doesn’t notice that thing I didn’t notice for years. The First Amendment recognizes that “The People” have a natural right to peaceably assemble. They retain it before, during, and after any assembly. They retain it to attend one and not the other; and to change their minds to attend another, or go home.

The term The People can only mean individuals. This item from 1825: p34 “The first [principle] is a declaration that a well regulated militia is necessary to the security of a free state; a proposition from which few will dissent. . . . “The corollary, from the first position is, that the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. “The prohibition is general. No clause in the constitution could by any rule of construction be conceived to give to congress a power to disarm the people. Such a flagitious attempt could only be made under some general pretence by a state legislature. But if in any blind pursuit of inordinate power, either should attempt it, this amendment may be appealed to as a restraint on both.” Rawle 121–122.20

Both Scalia and Rawle pointed out why the Stuarts wanted to disarm Protestants, why the British then wrote the right of all individual citizens to be armed, why King George III tried to disarm colonists in certain areas, and why our Bill of Rights sought the same recognition of natural right every individual citizen in Britain had. If the government may disarm certain individuals, the militia becomes a force not of The People.

On page 48, Scalia uses the 14th Amendment the way I do. On the next page, the federal government may outlaw sawed off shotguns for all citizens, including police. Similarly, no citizen, police or not, may field a military surplus, fully weaponized F-14 Tomcat.

Although Scalia touched on the right to bear arms, this case was about requiring government to perform registration and permitting they require. They can’t demand a permit they refuse to issue.

And, it’s about the right to be armed in our homes for self defense.

It’s amazing the case went 5-4 to win an obvious decision.