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Guns in the News: To Live Free From Fear

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Amid the presence of COVID-19, the lack of test kits, the occasional illness and death is the fear. We wash, we disinfect, we hunker down and we distance ourselves from family and friends. We binge-watch Netflix and try to keep the kids occupied without resorting to “oh, who cares” and 24/7 electronic games. Underlying all of this is a continuing threat to our freedoms and our way of life.

Amid the confusion, we who protect and serve — responsibly armed Americans — are still confronted with the forces that would happily tear our lives apart. According to the New York Times, failed anti-gun politician Michael Bloomberg spent more than $900 million on his bid to become the Democratic presidential candidate. He has subsequently donated the remainder of his political monies (reportedly, $18 million) to the Democratic National Committee.

Do not be fooled by any “common sense” idea Michael Bloomberg or his minions in Bloomberg-funded organizations may float. His big focus is to take your guns away. And even though the virus is all the rage in the news, Bloomberg’s money and influence are working behind the scenes in practically every state.

State by State

Florida: First, the good news. Senate President Bill Galvano, a Republican in name only, accepted half-a-million dollars from Bloomberg to promote a gun-control bill. (He called it a “gun-safety” bill.) Thankfully, it died when the legislative session ended.

Kansas: More good news. The Kansas Legislature passed HCR 5025 to prevent Gov. Laura Kelly (D) from using emergency powers to seize ammunition or limit the sale of firearms during the COVID-19 outbreak. The measure was overwhelmingly supported in both the House and the Senate.

Rhode Island: Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) has suspended the state’s arbitrary seven-day statutory background check requirement. Her executive order now allows up to 30 days to complete checks. Since the advent of NICS, most approvals can be done nationwide within minutes while a dealer is on the phone or logged onto the computer.

California: Using coronavirus as an excuse, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva (D) has freed hundreds of prisoners and warned his officers to not make arrests for petty crimes. At the prisoner release press conference, Villanueva said, “Buying guns is a bad idea.” He continues to block almost all applications for concealed carry permits.

Louisiana: New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell (D) signed a coronavirus emergency order that allows her to ban the sale and transportation of firearms. The week before, she signed a proclamation emphasizing her emergency powers to “suspend or limit the sale, dispensing or transportation of alcoholic beverages.”

If you believe that your rights to bear arms, to assemble without fear and without a government license, and to speak free from government coercion are your heritage, then you must stay vigilant, especially during these times of national emergency.

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