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A Patriot Attorney is Fighting for Gun Rights in Illinois

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The Illinois gun control status quo is facing some much needed pushback.

Williamson County State’s Attorney Brandon Zanotti recently declared that he will not enforce gun laws that impede on law-abiding citizens right to defend themselves. Zanotti made his intentions clear during a recent town hall meeting:

“If you’re not a felon and you’re not using it for criminal purposes we are not going to prosecute you for it.”

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Zanotti’s statement was in response to an assault weapons ban bill, Senate Bill 107, that’s making progress in the Illinois Senate. This bill would ban the possession, delivery, sale, and purchase of assault weapons. Possession of a so-called “assault weapon” would be a Class 3 Felony under SB 107.

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Three lawmakers Representatives Terry Bryant, R-Murphysboro, Dave Severin, R-Benton, and Patrick Windhorst, R-Metropolis echoed Attorney Zanotti’s sentiments during the same town hall meeting. As Representatives of rural districts in Southern Illinois, they are more in touch with middle American values such as gun ownership than their urban counterparts in Chicago.

Sadly, politicians and interest groups in massive urban centers like Chicago end up calling the shots. Chicago’s gun control policies in tandem with questionable policing practices have made it one of the most violent cities in America. The rest of Illinois obviously wants no part of these policies.

It’s no secret Illinois is one of the most anti-gun states in the Union, with Guns & Ammo magazine placing it in 41st place according to its 2018 rankings. Illinois was penalized for not allowing reciprocity for out-of-state permits and passing a slew of gun control laws in 2018 which extended waiting periods for long guns and established red flag gun confiscation orders.

Thankfully, people are fighting back. 26 counties became firearms sanctuaries in 2018. In these countries, political officials and law enforcement limit their cooperation with federal and state officials in enforcing gun control. Attorney General Zanotti and the three lawmakers from Southern Illinois are now taking a page from the 26 other firearms sanctuaries’ playbook.

In pro-gun circles, it’s commonly stated that gun activism in rabidly anti-gun states is futile. Although somewhat true in a legislative sense, there are still ways to stand up to unjust gun control laws outside the legislative process. Creating firearms sanctuaries and this latest move by Attorney Zanotti are solid alternatives.

Even if these moves don’t change legislation on the books, it does breed a culture of contempt towards gun control abuse. When gun control elites know they can run roughshod over our rights without any pushback, they will continue with their unconstitutional ways.

The gun control status quo will come to an end once people step up and reject all forms of gun control. Nullifying and refusing to enforce state policies at the local level is a good first step.

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Thanks to Spineless, Establishment Republicans, Senate Panel Delays Vote to Subpoena Big Tech CEOs

Republicans Continue to Show Pathetic They are on the Issues that Matter Most

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America First nationalist’s hopes of having Big Tech CEOs testify before Congress about allegations of censorship directed towards the Right were temporarily dashed on October 19, 2020.

Politico reported that the Senate Judiciary Committee delayed plans to vote on subpoenas to force the CEOs of Twitter and Facebook to go before the Senate and be questioned about their anti-Right wing censorship policies.

Some Republicans ended up having cold feet and decided to postpone the vote much to the disappointment of right wing activists who have complained about Big Tech’s anti-free speech policies.

President Donald Trump and a number of nationalist Republicans have sharply criticized Facebook and Twitter over their censorship of a controversial New York Post report that exposed Hunter Biden, Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son, and his corrupt behavior.

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Originally, GOP officials in the Judiciary Committee announced plans to hold a markup on October 20 to determine if they would subpoena Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to get his perspective on allegations concerning his company’s policies that muzzle conservative viewpoints. Twitter denies claims regarding Twitter’s censorship policies.

South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, who is the Chair of the Judiciary Committee, revealed that the planned vote would also call on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify.

The panel stated on October 19 that it would determine whether they would issue subpoenas during a executive session on October 22 where it will also allegedly approve Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. The committee declared in a statement that it will maintain negotiations with the companies “to allow for voluntary testimony” by the CEO. However, if an agreement cannot be reached, the panel will proceed to take a vote on the subpoenas “at a date to be determined.”

The subpoenas would compel the tech big wigs to testify on the reports of “suppression and/or censorship” of New York Post stories and on “any other content moderation policies, practices, or actions that may interfere with or influence elections for federal office,” according to a committee document released on October 19.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who is the chair of the Judiciary’s Subcommittee on the Constitution said to reporters that he’s expecting the committee to preside over testimonies from the Twitter and Facebook chiefs “shortly” regardless of whether they come to the decision on their own volition.

“One way or another, either voluntarily or pursuant to subpoena, they will testify and they will testify before the election,” Cruz stated.

In a separate hearing for the Senate Commerce Committee, Zuckerberg and Dorsey will join Google CEO Sundar Pichai on October 28 for a hearing on Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which generally shields Big Tech companies from a liability.

Cruz, who is a member of both Judiciary and Commerce committees, wants each panel to carry out their own hearings with the tech chiefs before election day. “I believe we need a separate hearing in Judiciary because the issues being discussed in the two committees are different,” Cruz remarked.

Big Tech has become too powerful, especially during a time when social media has become the de facto public square. Republicans will need to get serious about making online speech receive the same treatment as general political speech.

 

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