On Thursday, April 16, 2020, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declared that New York would maintain its “pause” until May 15.
However, Karol Markowicz of the New York Post argued “Cuomo’s totalizing approach, moreover, fails to distinguish between Manhattan (population: 1.6 million) and Morehouse, NY (population: 77).”
The writer added that the state of New York needs “a roadmap back to normal. Cuomo has failed to produce any such thing.”
She also noted that the “lockdown rules don’t quite apply equally to everyone.”
Cuomo’s brother, Chris, caught the Wuhan virus and has been broadcasting his CNN show from his house in Southampton.
Last week, Chris Cuomo announced that his wife, Cristina, also tested positive for the virus.
However, it appears that Cuomo is not practicing his quarantine.
Markowicz tweeted, “I’m very surprised it’s not a giant story that the governor added a month to our blanket lockdown but his brother broke quarantine and literally traveled to another town while actually sick with Coronavirus and got a pass on it.”
I'm very surprised it's not a giant story that the governor added a month to our blanket lockdown but his brother broke quarantine and literally traveled to another town *while actually sick with Coronavirus* and got a pass on it. https://t.co/sqyLGxJTNm pic.twitter.com/CyQbqlR3SP
— Karol Markowicz (@karol) April 20, 2020
A few days before the announcement about his wife’s condition came out, the CNN host was seen in East Hampton, which is a 30-minute drive from his home. He was allegedly visiting a property that is under construction.
Cuomo was then confronted by a bicyclist who asked him why he was outside.
The cyclist was in the right. It’s become clear that New York is taking extremely heavy-handed measures but is not applying them equally.
Andrew Cuomo will need to reverse course and re-open his state so people can get back to work and re-piece their lives together.
If Democrats Win, Will Guns Sales Go Through the Roof?
No matter who wins in 2020, the biggest story of this election cycle has been the record levels of gun sales. In a piece titled “Guns Sales Break Records With Gun Control Legislation Likely If Democrats Win”, Newsweek highlights the meteoric rise of gun sales in 2020 and how these sales will only go up under a Biden administration.
It’s likely that a Biden win on November 3, 2020 will give life to gun control measure such as universal background checks, assault weapons bans, and national gun buybacks. Scott Reeves of Newsweek noted that “coronavirus pandemic, urban riots and the likelihood of increased regulation if the Democrats win the White House, regain control of the Senate and hold the House” have led to the unprecedented firearms sales. A Biden win would only accelerate this trend, as people become frightened by the prospect of gun control.
Through September, background checks recorded by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) reached 28.826 million. This total surpassed 2019’s record of 28.369 million, representing a 28 percent increase, according to the FBI report. As of September 30, Illinois was leading the nation in background checks with 5.6 million. Reeves noted that other states such as Kentucky (2.364 million) checks, Texas (1.730 million), Florida (1.386 million), Indiana (1.203 million), California (1.187 million) and Pennsylvania (1.030 million), were also experiencing significant upticks in gun sales.
Since NICS came into effect on November 1998, a total of 361.830 million background checks for all purposes have been completed since the program began in November 1998.
Zogby Analytics provided some more data showing how enthusiastic Americans are about buying guns:
Zogby Analytics in Utica, New York found that the number of gun owners increased 3.9% between October 2019 and October 2020 to 31.3% of the population. The number of individuals in a household keeping a gun at home, work, vacation cottage or club for personal protection, hunting or target shooting increased 7% to 42.2% in the last year. Membership in the National Rifle Association, a gun rights advocacy group, increased 6% to 17.7% in the last year, Zogby’s polling found.
“While there is fierce debate in Washington D.C. and among voters about what certain types of guns and accessories constitute ‘assault weapons,’ adults in the U.S. are buying and keeping more guns,” Jonathan Zogby declared.
Josh Horwitz, executive director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, an anti-Second Amendment organization, is of the opinion that uncertainty brought about by the Wuhan virus pandemic, riots, and the election are contributing factors to the rise in gun sales.
“Typically, gun sales rise in times of fear,” he said to Newsweek. “We live in a time when there’s a lot of fear, including fear that there might be more gun regulation with a Democratic President and Democratic majorities in Congress. And, there’s been a lot of unrest.”
Americans actions speak louder than their words. Even if Joe Biden does the unthinkable (and the very unlikely) by winning on November 3, his administration will encounter stiff resistance from gun-owning Americans across the political spectrum.
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