One restaurant I frequent has some interesting servers.
One demonstrates her prodigious memory on a regular basis. She does not need to write down our order, though she often does to ensure that there are no mistakes. She casually mentioned the other day that she wouldn't be at work on the usual day we appear because she would be on vacation. I asked her if she was going any place fun. She offered that she was merely taking a break from working two jobs, as she works at the restaurant before going to her full-time job as a night stocker at Walmart.
One does what one has to do to survive in an economy where libertarian parasites are allowed to outsource jobs with wild abandon, not to mention ignoring long-established law.
Another mentioned that she had been in California for some training. I thought this was strange, given that restaurants do not pay people to travel to other states for training. After eavesdropping on another table I got the impression she was a real estate agent. I asked if she was a real estate agent, but she replied that she is a flipper. I had never met a flipper before, so I asked her a few questions. She was very animated as she talked, like an Amway salesman I once knew. She told me how flippers research properties remotely via the Internet. What was most amazing about her story is that flippers might assign the property to another flipper before the original transaction was completed. I asked her how that was handled contractually and she said it was done with a few added lines to the contract, something I found difficult to believe. She went on like a Scientologist, extolling the virtues of flipping, saying that everyone wins, yet she also mentioned that some sellers were only doing so because they were in financial trouble. I was shocked that she was not required to be a real estate agent.
It used to be true that selling a house before it had been owned for one year incurred a severe capital gains tax, but obviously Congress in its infinite libertarian wisdom eliminated that pesky restriction. The flipper is dead wrong: everyone does not win, because she and her fellow flippers are putting house prices out of reach for first-time buyers. Buying a home should not resemble a lottery. If we had a Congress with any integrity, the law would be changed back to what it was before.
The NRA initially appeared willing to agree to a ban on so-called bump stocks, a replacement of the stock which allows the shooter to essentially fire in a fully automatic manner. But it has flip-flopped.
The NRA demonstrated its ignorance of the law, specifically the 1986 Firearm Owners Protection Act which banned automatic weapons -- "it shall be unlawful for any person to transfer or possess a machinegun" -- which had not been lawfully owned prior to the passage of the bill.
Since adding a bump stock converts a semi-automatic weapon into an automatic one, it creates an illegal situation because the weapon was not an automatic weapon before 1986. It is no different than replacing the sear in a semi-automatic weapon with one from an automatic weapon, or modifying it in a machine shop to achieve the same result, with the sear being the part that ties together the trigger, safety, and hammer.
Bump stocks have nothing to do with the Second Amendment, as the Founding Fathers would not approve of a device that enables a user to spray-n-pray as compared to employing aimed fire. The Second Amendment addresses protection against government and self-defense, not selfish, hazardous entertainment.
Congress needs to enforce existing law, something the NRA has been saying for years.
Bump stocks must not only be removed from the marketplace; the possession of them must be made illegal.