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I started with the GBA Red/Blue remakes. To be honest, I suggested to my mom that my brother would probably enjoy the Pokemon games, and I had, at best, a vague understanding of the series (I couldn't stand the show or the extreme popularity of the card game throughout elementary school and didn't know it was a video game first, and a Nintendo first-party series at that). So he got LeafGreen for some special occasion. Perhaps a year later, I stumbled across the game and found out he had never won the game, and in fact, had restarted with Bulbasaur as his starter at some point. Still in Pallet Town, I decided to play it.

 

That was a mistake. Now I have physical copies of FireRed, Sapphire, Emerald, Diamond, HeartGold, Black, White 2, Schwarze 2*, X, and OmegaRuby. On top of that, I have made digital copies of my games (using my AceKard 2i or SuperCard DSTWO flash carts, EZ-Flash 3in1 expansion pack, and your bog standard DS Lite) and my brother's games (LeafGreen, Pearl, SoulSilver, and White). Then there's the spin-offs... and the Ditto merchandise... save me...

 

*: However, it's not in my "box" of Pokemon games. I have no frigging clue where it is, actually... this bothers me. It took a month to get here from Germany and cost upwards of a new DS game.

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Had a health scare last night at bloody 2am, was stuck in hospital until 5am until one of the receptionist wenches said "It'll be another 2 hours as those people have priority", pointing to a baby with bogan-ass parents who were clearly on meth So I went home. gotta wait until Friday to see a GP and get checked.

 

Otherwise; savings is amassing, bills paid, Ive got a big LAN at the uni this weekend so booze and games all weekend (and I'll probably be the token gay), saving to move into my own place hopefully before my 25th and I've started dieting better and I plan on joining up to the gym opposite work because I get 50% off.

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You don't have Pokemon Yellow? For shame sir. (Unless you said earlier that you do/don't have it... :P)

Screw Yellow.

 

That was a mistake. Now I have physical copies of FireRed, Sapphire, Emerald, Diamond, HeartGold, Black, White 2, Schwarze 2*, X, and OmegaRuby. On top of that, I have made digital copies of my games (using my AceKard 2i or SuperCard DSTWO flash carts, EZ-Flash 3in1 expansion pack, and your bog standard DS Lite) and my brother's games (LeafGreen, Pearl, SoulSilver, and White). Then there's the spin-offs... and the Ditto merchandise... save me...

I did the same thing :p mainly because for some reason, my DS games don't co-operate anymore and it's difficult to get them to be read by my DS or 3DS. And I figured it would be useful to have them all in one place instead of having to swap cartridges every time. Can keep the real ones safe in my stuff while I play with that instead... if I ever decide to play 'em again, that is. Keep losing interest after 15 minutes.

 

My Diamond was a real pain, that it was... Hard to get it to be read. Once it was though, was good to go. Ended up prying it open a while back so I could clean the contacts more easily, but that doesn't seem to work. Now the two halves don't stay in place anymore, falls apart all the time :p I don't mind though.

Platinum didn't co-operate too well either, but was easier to make it work. I don't get why my DS games seem to all do that and stop being readable, when my GBA ones always work as good as new.

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The awkward moment of walking into an elevator, hitting the buttons, nothing happening, walking out, and asking the security guard why the elevator doesn't work...

"Fight for what you believe in, and believe in what you're fighting for." Can games be art?

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gg $1600. Had to do some major maintenance on my car, which included getting a new timing belt because I couldn't go past 50 mph and I lost my glasses

Ouch. Just lots my second engine in as many months to timing belts. Get them changed.
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So sorry to hear that :(. Were there many injured/killed? I guess it will be on the news tomorrow...

One professor killed, the killer later committed suicide, and then we found out that he also killed his girlfriend.

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Shootings every day, if guns keep being as freely available.

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So I've noticed this thread's regulars all follow similar trends.

 

RPG is constantly dealing with psycho exes.

Muggi reminds us of the joys of polygamy.

Saq is totally oblivious to how much chicks dig him.

I strike out every other week.

Kalphite wages a war against the friend zone.

Randox pretty much stays rational.

Etc, etc

 

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Until people become more amenable to either stricter controls on guns or better healthcare for mental illness, I unfortunately don't see any way out of these sorts of tragedies...it just saddens me.

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People who believe stricter gun control will solve (or at least reduce) the problem are probably in for a rude awakening. If you take a country like South Africa as an example, they implemented stricter gun regulations like 8 or 10 years ago. Since then, the number of gun related deaths has been fluctuating in the same region (give or take a few hundred deaths). There was no rapid decline, and there never will be. By bringing in stricter gun laws all you're doing is growing the black market for weapons and theoretically funding criminals. If someone wants to use a gun, they're going to use a gun. No gun policy is going to change this. I don't know why people always jump on the "we need better gun control" bandwagon. Sure, you can't exactly compare a country like South Africa to America, but right now it's the best example i could think of off the top of my head. 

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I don't think 8-10 years is enough time..and well South Africa probably has other issues, like poverty (?). Not to mention, how secure are their borders if people want to just smuggle them in or buy them from other neighboring countries? I mean I don't blame them in terms of priorities but I'm not sure how accurate of a comparison it is.

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People who believe stricter gun control will solve (or at least reduce) the problem are probably in for a rude awakening. If you take a country like South Africa as an example, they implemented stricter gun regulations like 8 or 10 years ago. Since then, the number of gun related deaths has been fluctuating in the same region (give or take a few hundred deaths). There was no rapid decline, and there never will be. By bringing in stricter gun laws all you're doing is growing the black market for weapons and theoretically funding criminals. If someone wants to use a gun, they're going to use a gun. No gun policy is going to change this. I don't know why people always jump on the "we need better gun control" bandwagon. Sure, you can't exactly compare a country like South Africa to America, but right now it's the best example i could think of off the top of my head.

Even in America what gun control has been instituted has had questionable results.

 

For example, Chicago has the strictest gun control of any city in the states, but one of the highest murder rates. Compare that to Houston, which has some of the most lax gun control, but one of the lowest murder rates.

 

In several notable cases violent crime has dropped sharply when concealed carry legislation was passed (in florida, I believe it was Miami or Orlando).

 

There is room for some tweaking of American gun control legislation. But as you say, people expecting transformative results are in for a rude awakening.

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People who believe stricter gun control will solve (or at least reduce) the problem are probably in for a rude awakening. If you take a country like South Africa as an example, they implemented stricter gun regulations like 8 or 10 years ago. Since then, the number of gun related deaths has been fluctuating in the same region (give or take a few hundred deaths). There was no rapid decline, and there never will be. By bringing in stricter gun laws all you're doing is growing the black market for weapons and theoretically funding criminals. If someone wants to use a gun, they're going to use a gun. No gun policy is going to change this. I don't know why people always jump on the "we need better gun control" bandwagon. Sure, you can't exactly compare a country like South Africa to America, but right now it's the best example i could think of off the top of my head.

Even in America what gun control has been instituted has had questionable results.

 

For example, Chicago has the strictest gun control of any city in the states, but one of the highest murder rates. Compare that to Houston, which has some of the most lax gun control, but one of the lowest murder rates.

 

In several notable cases violent crime has dropped sharply when concealed carry legislation was passed (in florida, I believe it was Miami or Orlando).

 

There is room for some tweaking of American gun control legislation. But as you say, people expecting transformative results are in for a rude awakening.

 

 

And in contrast, states like Vermont with some of the laxest gun laws in America have a rate of gun crime comparable to Canada

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People who believe stricter gun control will solve (or at least reduce) the problem are probably in for a rude awakening. If you take a country like South Africa as an example, they implemented stricter gun regulations like 8 or 10 years ago. Since then, the number of gun related deaths has been fluctuating in the same region (give or take a few hundred deaths). There was no rapid decline, and there never will be. By bringing in stricter gun laws all you're doing is growing the black market for weapons and theoretically funding criminals. If someone wants to use a gun, they're going to use a gun. No gun policy is going to change this. I don't know why people always jump on the "we need better gun control" bandwagon. Sure, you can't exactly compare a country like South Africa to America, but right now it's the best example i could think of off the top of my head.

Even in America what gun control has been instituted has had questionable results.

 

For example, Chicago has the strictest gun control of any city in the states, but one of the highest murder rates. Compare that to Houston, which has some of the most lax gun control, but one of the lowest murder rates.

 

In several notable cases violent crime has dropped sharply when concealed carry legislation was passed (in florida, I believe it was Miami or Orlando).

 

There is room for some tweaking of American gun control legislation. But as you say, people expecting transformative results are in for a rude awakening.

 

 

And in contrast, states like Vermont with some of the laxest gun laws in America have a rate of gun crime comparable to Canada

 

Speaking of Canada, lawful firearms owners are 3x less likely to be commit a violent crime, compared to the general population.

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The idea of guns genuinely makes me nervous. I really do feel sketchy about them. I live in Canada now and it is kind of in the back of my mind when I hear of things but I don't let it stop me having a good time. (I'm really enjoying Canada by the way, I've gotten used to buying alcohol fortnightly) and I've had some great nights out with some cool people. Lectures have begun and the content is super interesting. I've spoken to some Canadians and they think I'm not actually British and that I'm just talking weird which is quite funny. Next year I'll buy some sports gear. Valu mart was alright, 10% student discount Tuesdays was good and I got a good amount of food for about $65.

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The idea of guns genuinely makes me nervous. I really do feel sketchy about them. I live in Canada now and it is kind of in the back of my mind when I hear of things but I don't let it stop me having a good time. (I'm really enjoying Canada by the way, I've gotten used to buying alcohol fortnightly) and I've had some great nights out with some cool people. Lectures have begun and the content is super interesting. I've spoken to some Canadians and they think I'm not actually British and that I'm just talking weird which is quite funny. Next year I'll buy some sports gear. Valu mart was alright, 10% student discount Tuesdays was good and I got a good amount of food for about $65.

You likely won't see any guns unless you go out of your way to look for them. Carry of any kind is essentially illegal for anyone non law-enforcement.

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I don't think 8-10 years is enough time..and well South Africa probably has other issues, like poverty (?). Not to mention, how secure are their borders if people want to just smuggle them in or buy them from other neighboring countries? I mean I don't blame them in terms of priorities but I'm not sure how accurate of a comparison it is.

Well the reason i chose to compare USA to SA is because they both have similar pasts regarding segregation/apartheid. So there's bound to be a lot of racially fueled murders. And because i believe there are some parts of the US that are very comparable to parts in SA in regards to economical and educational status. With that said, i think my biases will always lean more towards guns than it would against guns. I've been in multiple situations where owning a fire arm was the likely reason things ended in our favor. Had it not been for that, i would have been orphaned at the age of 3, again at the age of 5, and again at the age of 8. And this is coming from someone who lived in one of the "better" parts of the suburb. Gun control isn't going to take the (illegal) gun out of a criminal's hand, it's only going to take the (legal) defense mechanism from the innocent. And as i said previously, even if you do manage to get a large portion of illegal weapons off the streets at first, all you're essentially doing is creating an even bigger black market thus funding criminals and as a result you're also more than likely encouraging corruption. It's only a matter of time before someone at customs is bribed to look the other way as a few crates of weapons are carried through. 

 

Additionally, much like South Africa, USA is a gun-cultured nation. Guns have been around as long as people can remember. It's unwise to try and completely take something away that has been a big part of your history. 

 

Lastly, regarding South Africa's crime rate in general. It's probably a very well known fact that it's the country with the highest crime rate in the world. Crime has been getting worse year after year, with or without guns and gun control. A lot of this has to do with the economic state, but when it comes down to brass taxes it doesn't really matter. The point is that crime will happen no matter what. A criminal will commit crime with or without a gun. A killer will kill with or without a gun. But the average person might not be able to protect and defend themselves without a gun, and those are the people you really punish with gun control.

 

 

 

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I still think that with less guns in general, less gun crimes will happen.

 

If a criminal doesn't have a gun, the victims won't need guns and law enforcement won't need guns.

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So I've noticed this thread's regulars all follow similar trends.

 

RPG is constantly dealing with psycho exes.

Muggi reminds us of the joys of polygamy.

Saq is totally oblivious to how much chicks dig him.

I strike out every other week.

Kalphite wages a war against the friend zone.

Randox pretty much stays rational.

Etc, etc

 

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I still think that with less guns in general, less gun crimes will happen.

Unless you manage to completely remove guns from a society (only really possible in specific isolated circumstances), making guns harder to get will ensure only criminals have them.

 

Even so, that doesn't mean less crime will happen. Someone who's been murdered doesn't care whether it was with a gun or a knife, they're dead either way.

 

 

If a criminal doesn't have a gun, the victims won't need guns and law enforcement won't need guns.

Guns are still effective self defense tools faced with any kind of criminal with any kind of weapon.

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People who believe stricter gun control will solve (or at least reduce) the problem are probably in for a rude awakening. If you take a country like South Africa as an example, they implemented stricter gun regulations like 8 or 10 years ago. Since then, the number of gun related deaths has been fluctuating in the same region (give or take a few hundred deaths). There was no rapid decline, and there never will be. By bringing in stricter gun laws all you're doing is growing the black market for weapons and theoretically funding criminals. If someone wants to use a gun, they're going to use a gun. No gun policy is going to change this. I don't know why people always jump on the "we need better gun control" bandwagon. Sure, you can't exactly compare a country like South Africa to America, but right now it's the best example i could think of off the top of my head.

Even in America what gun control has been instituted has had questionable results.

 

For example, Chicago has the strictest gun control of any city in the states, but one of the highest murder rates. Compare that to Houston, which has some of the most lax gun control, but one of the lowest murder rates.

 

In several notable cases violent crime has dropped sharply when concealed carry legislation was passed (in florida, I believe it was Miami or Orlando).

 

There is room for some tweaking of American gun control legislation. But as you say, people expecting transformative results are in for a rude awakening.

And in contrast, states like Vermont with some of the laxest gun laws in America have a rate of gun crime comparable to Canada

For what it's worth Vermont has no major cities and no major smuggling rings a la Florida and California
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So i just read that a 14 year old kid in Texas got arrested for taking his home made clock to school. I should probably add that the kid's name is Ahmed Mohamed so it was obviously not at all a racial matter. Well done Texas.

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