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AOC Uses Synagogue Shooting to Call for Universal Gun Registration

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Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is immediately calling for gun control in the wake of the California synagogue shooting.

AOC demanded that the Senate act on gun control legislation right after Chabad shooting that left one person dead and several injured.

The freshman Congresswoman said, “Heartbroken to hear of the San Diego synagogue shooting, particularly so on this final day of Passover.”

She immediately shifted the conversation to gun control saying that “We have a responsibility to love + protect our neighbors. The longer the Senate delays holding a vote on #HR8, the more we put Americans at risk.”

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HR 8 is a universal registration scheme which expands registration to include private transfers and creates a de facto ban on Americans aged 18 to 20 from obtaining handguns. BLP reported on its passage in February. The bill was approved on a Democratic party line vote, however, 8 House Republicans joined in supporting it.

HR 8 is the most expansive piece of gun control to pass a chamber of Congress since the Brady Act of 1993.

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It will likely die in the Republican-controlled Senate.

However, the real threat for gun owners will be the bipartisan sponsored “red flag” gun confiscation bill that Senator Lindsey Graham is championing.

 

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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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