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a friend of mine who operates online under the pseudonym of "minstrel boy" offered the following thoughts to a groups of us yesterday, and when I asked gave me permission to offer them here:

a progressive legislator should bring a bill that would legalize dueling.  if, two people who have a grievance, get together and agree to a supervised duel to settle matters it should be legal.

as usual the challenged party would have choice of weapons (there is existing law on this from spain's "code duello" english common law's "wager of battle" or the "irish form"  that could be used nearly unchanged).  also, women and untouchable figures like the president, would be able to appoint champions.

the best part?  you could sell it as tort reform!

bringing this, which i would hope has zero chance of ever being enacted, would highlight the complete insanity of the right while exposing the horrific consequences of right to concealed carry and stand your ground laws.

since most legislatures don't do anything beyond bullshit anyway it could be a wonderfully diverting piece of theatre.

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