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post #133 of Old 11-10-2013
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Re: Rallies Gone Wrong

Originally Posted by smackdaddy View Post

Again, my argument is putting absolutely nothing on you as an individual. My argument is putting the onus on the organizers of sponsored rallies. Period.
In what regard are the rally organizers 'responsible' for the safety of the participants?


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