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Should You Be Able to Buy Birth Control—or a Tank—Over the Counter? [Podcast]

Reason's Nick Gillespie, Katherine Mangu-Ward, and Matt Welch on why government-mandated birth control and the NRA both suck.

"The NRA is constantly doing these kind of dick moves....If a cop kills a black guy they're silent, if a white person gets caught in the crossfire then they're all pissed," says Reason's Nick Gillespie. "The NRA is a special interest group that pushes a Republican agenda first and kinda Second Amendment rights second."

Matt Welch, Katherine Mangu-Ward, and Andrew Heaton join him in a conversation about gun control proposals in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting and whether Jeff Sessions' new push for religious liberty really means that women will have to result to abstinence and the rhythm method for contraception.

Also: why the Republican Party is only principled about cutting government when it's not in power, the prospects of World War III, and, of course, whether you should be allowed to buy your very own personal tank.

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  • Citizen X - #6||

    That's a hell of a counter if you can get a tank over it, but yes.

  • Lily Bulero||

    Call me a cuck, but how do you "bear" a tank?

  • Longtobefree||

    First you grow fur all over your body, along with fangs and claws. Then you get into a tank.

    Or you use the magic of the internet;
    Verb; (transitive) To be equipped with (something).
    ex: the right to bear arms

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  • Cy||

    Bulldozers and most heavy machinery are basically civilian tanks. Slap some steel plates on em and away you go. Think on that for a minute.

  • Longtobefree||

    Don't forget the need for cannon and machine guns -- --

  • Longtobefree||

    And you are a hell of a man if you can lift it over the counter.

  • SIV||

    "The NRA is a special interest group that pushes a Republican agenda first and kinda Second Amendment rights second."

    The NRA's political activism focuses on legislation. Which party provides nearly all of the legislators who vote the way the NRA wants?

  • SIV||

    The NRA was also key to the election of President Trump.
    The most pro-2A president since at least Ronald Reagan

  • KBeckman||

    Really? The same Ronald Reagan that supported the Mulford act?

  • SIV||

    "since at least"

  • KBeckman||

    It appears the bar isn't very high.

  • Hank Phillips||

    Los Alamos mathematician Johnny Von Neumann (mentioned in Reason's poker podcast) told people circa 1944 that the reason he always bought new Cadillacs was "because nobody will sell me a tank."

  • Telcontar the Wanderer||

    "Should You Be Able to Buy Birth Control—or a Tank—Over the Counter?"

    Just phrasing the question this way is shitlord RINO patriarchal cuckery.

    The correct question is "Is there anything you *shouldn't* be able to buy over the counter?"

    (the answer is: "whatever caused Dianne Feinstein to purse her lips most recently".)

  • Old Mexican's Speedos||

    Should You Be Able to Buy Birth Control—or a Tank—Over the Counter?

    Are they having a two-fer at Walgreens?

  • colorblindkid||

    Can anybody find me an instance where a white guy was killed by cop in a similar situation to Philando and the NRA was pissed? Afterall, twice as many white people are killed by cops every year than black people, and I don't ever recall NRA outrage over any of them. I always got the feeling the NRA will just always side with the cops.

  • Cmosbrain||

    I think it's a dick move that writer is making it about race.


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