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  1. I was actually referring to the possibility that the sentencing will be a "Brock Turner" and completely derisory given the fact that Chauvin murdered George Floyd.
  2. The only real danger now is that the sentence when it comes isn't commensurate with the severity of the offence.
  3. It's called a statutory instrument and allows governments to enact secondary legislation without having to go back to parliament for every minor amendment.
  4. Here in the UK things progress in this order: 1) You join a gun club 2) The gun club gives you the training needed to safely handle firearms 3) You apply for a firearms licence with the assistance of the gun club 4) In order to complete your application, you provide references from unrelated professional people and give consent for the Firerarms Licencing Officer (a local LEO who mainly deals with Firearms Licencing) to contact your Doctor and obtain a medical report as to your fitness to possess firearms. 5) You also consent to your Doctor having mandatory reporting powers with regard to your fitness to own firearms. If you develop an illness (mental or physical) which would affect your ability to safely possess firearms he is required by law to inform the FLO immediately. On two occasions I have had episodes of depression and, following discussions with my FLO, have voluntarily restricted my access to my firearms by lodging them at my gun club for the duration of my illness. They were not confiscated, just moved to a secure place where I could still have access to them for shooting. In the UK you may possess any weapon you like (with the exception of fully automatic weapons) provided you can show good cause [being a member of a gun club/hunting/pest control] to possess it. The only exception to this rule is semi automatic rifles. You may possess a semi auto rifle but irrespective of its exterior appearance (AR, H&K or AK) it may only be chambered to fire .22LR. Shotguns are limited to a maximum of 3 rounds (1 chambered, 2 in magazine). Suppressors are not a problem and for bolt action rifles any calibre up to and including .50BMG is acceptable.
  5. I'm guessing that as the suspect is in custody, he's a white male.
  6. Here in the UK, there's been a push to destigmatize mental health and public health have been investing in a Mental Health First Aid scheme which has, so far, put over 1 million MHFA certificate holders into work places. They're trained to spot the early signs of mental health problems and help people who are suffering to access help. They also help promote understanding of mental health issues.
  7. UK based eco car utilising hydrogen fuel cell technology. https://www.riversimple.com/
  8. And the same man who served as official executioner for most of his adult life, including the hanging of Nuremberg criminals, came to change his mind on the death penalty. His autobiography "Executioner: Pierrepoint" talks about his life and career and how his views changed over time.
  9. rifleman


    The official executioners employed by the Home Office used a variable drop which was adjusted based on the weight and physique of the victim. For a more detailed description of the hangman's art, read "Executioner: Pierrepoint"
  10. Today's Sesame Street is brought to you by the letters F, B, I and Q...
  11. EU driver's hours regulations permit a maximum of 9 hours per day (allowed to extend to 10 hours twice a week), a maximum of 56 hours in any one 7 day period or 90 hours in any period of 14 consecutive days. In any 4 1/2 hour period, a driver must take a 45 minute break (minimum 3 x 15 minute breaks through the 4 1/2 hours or 45 minutes after the period has elapsed)
  12. A regular 40 minute break, especially on long journeys, is recommended to avoid driving fatigue and prevent accidents caused by falling asleep at the wheel.
  13. And yet, the evidence is there that paying money to people at the bottom of the economic ladder actually stimulates the economy more than giving tax breaks to billionaires. This video was produced on behalf of the UK Labour party a few years ago.
  14. I can see both sides of the argument here. On the one hand, you need to be able to sue and prosecute a bad LEO who abuses their powers, but on the other you need to protect the honest LEOs from frivolous suits by people looking to make a quick buck. Given the level of corporate and public support for reform, how do folks here feel about it? Ben and Jerry's founders support Qualified Immunity reform
  15. If the roles had been reversed then the rioters wouldn't have got anywhere near the building and we'd be watching them picking up bodies from the Capitol steps for days.