More Americans are planning on going on cruise vacations in 2021, hoping that the coronavirus pandemic will just be a forgotten memory by then, and they can once again go about their lives.
Analysts at UBS have reported that booking volume has “gone up 9 percent in the last 30 days versus the same time last year” for cruise ships in 2021. This is occurring in spite of the fact that the vast majority of cruise ships are quarantined during the panic.
“That includes people applying their future cruise credits from sailings that were cancelled this year, but still shows a surprising resilience in desire to book a cruise,” UBS equity analysts wrote in their March 31 release regarding cruise lines.
The report shows that most of the cruise goers hope to leave for Asia and Alaska. The individuals are signing up despite the fact that current cruise ships are still roaming at sea due to potential spread of the coronavirus.
Cruise ship attendees are now begging states to let them come onto their shores even though individuals arriving on shore could spread the coronavirus:
When Andrea Anderson and her husband boarded the MS Zaandam cruise ship in Buenos Aires, Argentina, more than three weeks ago, they didn’t know that their trip of a lifetime would disastrously coincide with a global pandemic that would leave them shut out and stranded at sea.
Unable to find a port willing to accept it, the ship has been stuck in a holding pattern for nearly two weeks as it desperately goes from country to country.
So far it has been rejected by Chile, Peru and Argentina, which all sealed their ports because of the coronavirus outbreak.
It is now charting a hope-filled course for the United States, namely Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
“I don’t know if they are going to accept us. I hope they do,” said Anderson, 63, a fiber artist from Maineville, Ohio. “We need to get off this ship.”
Anderson and more than 1,200 other passengers are pleading with Florida to let them in, but officials, including Gov. Ron DeSantis, say the state simply doesn’t have the resources to take on an extra burden amid a growing health crisis.
“We cannot afford to have people who are not even Floridians dumped into South Florida using up those valuable resources,” DeSantis said Monday on Fox News.
Four people have died on the ship, at least two of them from the coronavirus, while nine others have tested positive and 179 more have flu-like symptoms.
“People are getting sick, and they need proper medical attention in a hospital. They cannot be treated onboard,” Anderson said. “The people on this boat, we are all someone’s parent, grandparent, aunt and uncle. The governor should think, ‘What if my mother was on that boat?'”
While DeSantis has expressed staunch disapproval of the passengers’ disembarking, the final say lies in the hands of the Broward County Commission, which wasn’t able to come to a decision Tuesday. The commission is waiting for clear and proper protocols for disembarkation by the cruise line.
Commissioners still have a lot of conditions to consider, a spokesperson said.
The public hopes that the pandemic conditions are remedied in the near future, but if they are wrong, they will put themselves in serious danger with their cruise plans in 2021.
Democrats Introduce Expanded Background Check Legislation
Democrats are going to implement a background check which targets “extremism.”
Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy and California Congressman Mike Thompson brought forward legislation on March 2, 2021 that aims to broaden the federal background check system on firearms sales, according to a report by The Hill.
Under The Background Check Expansion Act, gun sales and purchases between all unlicensed sellers and buyers would be subject to a mandatory background check. The background checks would not be applicable for law enforcement officers, lending out firearms for the purpose of hunting, temporary transfers for self-defense, or family members gifting a firearm.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and 43 Senate Democrats have co-sponsored this bill. Thompson, who is the chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, reintroduced this legislation in the U.S. House
“For years, the bipartisan House-passed background checks bill languished in the Senate under Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. Now, with Senate Democrats in the Majority, we have the opportunity to act on this overwhelmingly popular, lifesaving legislation to protect American communities,” Schumer declared in a press release.
According to a CBS News report, President Joe Biden has repeatedly called on Congress to pass stiffer gun control laws. This gun control bill will not pass so easily given how it will need 10 Republican senators to vote in favor of it.
Against the backdrop of the January 6 storming of the Capitol, such a background check will likely feature provisions that target so-called “extremists.” The ruling class has routinely lumped average gun owners with domestic extremists and will most certainly use recent events to justify encroachments on people’s right to bear arms.
Biden is a veteran of the gun control movement, as evidenced by his sponsorship of the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990 and the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban. With Democrats in control of all branches of the federal government, they will certainly move to pass gun control. However, their success is not guaranteed due to moderate Democrats like Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema and West Virginia Joe Manchin not being completely receptive to radical gun control that could alienate them from their more right-wing constituents.
Nevertheless, the Left has shown that it’s willing to act regardless of the political context. Keeping this in mind, gun owners must be ready to beat back any kind of gun control coming from D.C. Such fights will allow the Right to rebuild its forces and make a splash in the 2022 midterms and the 2024 presidential race.
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