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  2. CNN: Since March 16, when eight people were killed and one wounded in shootings at three Atlanta-area spas, at least 50 mass shootings have been reported in the United States. CNN defines a mass shooting as a shooting with four or more casualties -- dead or wounded -- excluding the shooter. https://edition.cnn.com/2021/04/19/us/america-weekend-shootings/index.html
  3. The big problem comes from the changing meaning of "regulated." Back then, it didn't mean some overseeing authority imposing limitations on gun ownership, but rather the sense of a systematic, consistent organizational model, rather than a rag-tag assembly of armed men. Gun ownership itself was a given, part of a person's everyday equipment for protection of their life and property - from animals as well as other people - in a world in which the concept of a governmental police force was still decades away, and in eary America where a standing army was still non-existent.
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  5. Oliver

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    See you soon, Mike!
  6. To me, it's very clear. Personal gun ownership isn't a right. You have to be in a militia. Be nice if they'd have defined that term. Maybe 'militia' wasn't as loose in meaning back then as it is today. C
  7. Good grief, @synystraal, the hiatus ends in May this year, not 2030! 🤣 ...but some great suggestions. And since I'm in Wales Mihangel's Amser beckons. Ta. ---------------- Brilliant, and yet again I wept at the end.
  8. I wouldn't want to be in the police. As someone with absolutely 'no skin in the game' I'd say ban guns. No guns = no awful killings. It's very unfortunate that the 2nd amendment isn't crystal clear:
  9. I am taking up R's challenge and combining threads... These stories are reminiscent (to me) of the vintage photographs in the video posted by Nigel Gordon. In no particular order and without comment: China Boat http://awesomedude.com/douglas/china-boat/index.htm Coy Boy http://www.nifty.org/nifty/gay/adult-friends/coy-boy/ Blitzed http://www.nifty.org/nifty/gay/beginnings/blitzed/ The Scholar's Tale http://awesomedude.com/mihangel/the-scholars-tale-1/index.htm http://awesomedude.com/mihangel/the-scholars-tale-2/index.htm http://awesomedude.com/miha
  10. Can't understand how 'Ren' has stayed under the radar as I think it is one of Cole's best.
  11. The Index Page is now live with a slide show teaser. The Introduction has been posted, with posting of the first chapter to begin on May First.
  12. Great selection! You have excellent taste.
  13. Merkin

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    Very best wishes, Mike.
  14. As we await Mike's return on May 1, I thought I would post a handful of suggestions of stories that I particularly like and re-read from time to time. On the High Plains of Wyoming, by Cole Parker. This rather long-ish short story is my favorite of all of Cole's stories, not only because of the pluck and resourcefulness of Mason, the main character, but also the lessons embedded in it. First Year, by Cole Parker. This short novel shows the remarkable journey of main character Luke, who clearly surprises even himself with unknown pluck and resourcefulness. The first chapter is kind
  15. Camy

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    But... but... but.... Whatever you're doing, Mike, be well, have fun, and see ya soon. 👍
  16. Rutabaga

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    Hope nothing serious is going on. Be well. R
  17. Enjoy the well-deserved break!
  18. dude

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    Awesomedude.com is on hiatus. Posting will resume on current novels plus short stories on May 1st. See you then! Mike
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  20. I captioned it, but you're welcome to add your own. That kid has great hair! So many boys have such thick locks. I think that's why the messy style works so well. If he's that cute with a mask on, imagine what he looks like without one. He belongs at the head of the line. C
  21. Great news, Nigel. Thank you for the update.
  22. Is this a caption contest? I don't have any to suggest at the moment but I'm wondering if the teacher can get an accurate temp. reading through that magnificent head of hair...
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