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AMERICA FIRST: Matt Gaetz Calls for Non-Interventionist Approach in Venezuela

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Matt Gaetz takes a non-interventionist stance on Venezuela.

In a tweet Gaetz stated, “We must appreciate that the only sustainable freedom is freedom won by those who yearn to live it. Direct US military involvement risks allowing Maduro to externalize conflict, scapegoat his failures, and delegitimize the organic desire of Venezuelans to choose their own future.”

 

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Interim President Juan Guaidó recently called on the Venezuelan military to stand up against Nicolás Maduro’s government, which has led to mayhem on the streets as the government cracked down on protestors.

In a previous post, BLP covered the Maduro government’s crackdown against civilian protestors.

Gaetz reaffirmed his support for the Venezuelan people, but ruled out military involvement in the country.

Venezuela, a country long hamstrung by socialist policies, has become a geopolitical battle zone for countries such as Russia, China, and the United States.

Although Venezuela has seen better days, the U.S. is tied up in numerous conflicts in the Middle East and is witnessing surging numbers of migrants crossing the border.

Fiscal realities and government priorities make it difficult for the U.S. to take decisive action.

America First advocates like Gaetz understand the importance of freedom, but believe that it should be fought for by the people of countries who are currently living under the shackles of authoritarian governments.

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Minnesota Had Record Numbers of Concealed Carry Licenses Issued in 2020

Red or blue, Americans nationwide are getting strapped.

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Gun sales have boomed all across America. And it’s not just the Red states. Blue states like Minnesota have also witnessed an increase in the number of concealed carry permits issued. 

According to Valley News Live, over 96,000 permits were issued in 2020, which represented the highest number of permits issued since carry permits became legal in 2003. Furthermore, 2020’s numbers represented a twofold increase from 2019 in the number of permits issued. 

Tom Knighton of Bearing Arms noted that roughly “400,000 permits have been issued in total in a state of just over 5.6 million people.”

The Valley News Live piece actually conceded that the increase in permits issued was largely the result of a “ rise in violent crime in the Twin Cities and the civil unrest that followed the death of George Floyd.”

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Minneapolis was the epicenter of social unrest after the death of George Floyd in late May 2020. With calls to defund the police and irresponsible political leadership that refused to decisively crack down on crime, Minnesotans began to take matters into their own hands.

Gun owners are ultimately the most effective first responders in times of crisis and overall breakdowns of social order. Minnesota’s gun laws are actually quite strict, which has earned it dismal rankings in Guns & Ammo magazine’s rankings for Best States for Gun Owners (39th place) and Best States for Concealed Carry (37th place). Regardless of the sub-optimal gun policies, Minnesotans still instinctively understand the importance of the right to carry.

2020 was a big year for gun sales and showed that the right to bear arms still has a massive constituency of people that can be targeted and activated for future occasions. Serious Republican campaigns should recognize this trend and make targeting gun owners a major priority throughout their get out the vote programs.

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