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Ben Babcock

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America of the Future

2010: Dateline NBC: To Catch a Terrorist airs. 2015: Citizens may purchase and carry personal nuclear weapons as per the second amendment, as it is everyone's right to protect his or herself from terrorism. 2017: Bleeding heart liberals demand tougher nuke-control laws after numerous drive-by nukings. 2020: The CW airs America's Next Top Terrorist. 2025: Government introduces "Adopt a Terrorist" program. Families may "adopt" a well-known terrorist and attempt to eliminate him or her using any means possible. To help, government also legalizes sale and personal ownership of cruise missiles. 2030: Donald Trump launches TerroristMarket.com. Users may "invest" in a terrorist organization (like buying stocks in a company) and receive dividends if the organization is successful. 2032: Government legalizes terrorism in order to tax it. Experts call move brilliant, citing terrorism as a "reinforcing team values" and "encouraging conformity to a single, unifying set of social morals".