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There is no "one-size fits all" weapon. But that's not to say that weapons shouldn't be tracked to some degree. I don't mind the government knowing what I have...I'm protected by the Constitution and case precedents set by the US Supreme Court. I also fully understand that if the government wants my weapons I'm in no real tactical position to fight them off. They have superior numbers, firepower, and ability to make my life suck. I would let them take what they wanted and fight for it in court. Cliven Bundy and all his little cohorts might've thought they stared down the US government, and maybe they did. But if Uncle Sam wanted to he could've waived his hand, dropped a few bombs, and wiped out the whole ranch in under an hour. I favor a peaceful approach over an aggressive approach whenever tactical advantage isn't on my side.
Medical research is rather expensive and pure taxation wouldn't be enough. I'd love to see the bulk of medical research moved into the public domain vs companies discovering a cure and making a pill that has to be taken forever (at great cost) instead of using the version of the pill which cures in one round of treatment.
Let's clarify this. Universal Coverage doesn't mean "free" healthcare. It would work the same way a private insurance plan works now, except it's the government running the program and doing so without charging money to pay for CEO private jets, bonuses, and lobbying efforts. No one I know has a problem with paying copays, deductibles, or coinsurances, it's the massive premiums (of which a not-insignificant chunk of which goes to paying silly things while insurance companies actively work to deny claims for any small reason they can find).
The problem being solved isn't speed. Most of the scripting languages of yesteryear were very limited or restricted to specific platforms. The problem being solved is cross-platform development.