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Will new changes in the credit card industry impact gun crime?
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    Guns bought through credit cards in the US will now be trackable.
    The Guardian (Moderate Left) • Factual Grade 81% • 3 min read

    The International Organization for Standardization [which sets parameters for business transactions] voted in favor of creating a merchant code for firearms stores. Merchant codes are four-digit codes that categorize retailers across industries; until now, gun purchases had been classified under “miscellaneous retail stores” or “sporting goods stores.”
    “Today’s announcement is a critical first step towards giving banks and credit card companies the tools to recognize dangerous firearm purchasing trends – like a domestic extremist building up an arsenal – and report them to law enforcement,” [said the president of Everytown for Gun Safety].
    Numerous top level credit card companies such as PayPal, Stripe and Square don’t allow gun purchases. For the credit companies that do allow the purchases, the total cost can be extra high due to interest. As a result, many gun buyers often use cash for their purchases; potential buyers are often seen asking in online forums whether it’s better to buy guns with cash or credit.
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    Visa joins Mastercard and AmEx in categorizing sales from gun shops.
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    Were strong gun sales to blame for 2020’s violence? A new study suggests otherwise. (2021)
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Should the federal government tax forgiven student loans?

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No - *Disclaimer - I don’t support this vote-grab of a “loan forgiveness” bill* [...] The argument I’ve read basically states that the $10k from the government pays itself back because it’s backing the loan. If it pays itself, it’s more akin to canceling the loan than the borrower receiving money and it going to the loan. It never touches the borrower’s bank account. So, the government decides to pay itself back with its (our) money based on its choice/majority votes, but states decide they need to be paid (taxation is theft, right libertarians?) by the borrower?

Yes - Any other debt forgiveness is considered income and is tax...

Unsure - The government should not be providing loans - that is best done by the private sector. It should not be forg...


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How sizeable are Ukraine's recent territorial gains?

    The counteroffensive has recaptured around 1,160 square miles of territory since it began in earnest earlier this month, the commander in chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces said. The eastward push caught Russian force...

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Which parties appear to have gained seats in Sweden's parliament?

    Sweden’s conservative parties looked set to win power in Sunday’s general election, taking a razor-thin lead amid a surge in support for the far-right. With 93% of electoral districts counted, figures sho...

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How does a new study challenge the prevailing view of cancer?

    The classical view of cancer starts with a healthy cell. It acquires more and more mutations in its genetic code, or DNA, until it reaches a tipping point. Then it becomes a cancer and grows uncontrollably. The researchers...

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Why will minor league baseball players now be represented by a union?

    Major League Baseball will voluntarily recognize the M.L.B. Players Association as the formal union representative of minor league players, Commissioner Rob Manfred said. The minor league players would...

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