Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has wasted no time exploiting the tragedy in New Zealand to push his socialist agenda to eviscerate the Bill of Rights and invalidate the Second Amendment of the Constitution.
Sanders is calling for the ban of so-called assault rifles, one of which was used by killer Brenton Tarrant as he slaughtered 50 Muslims during last week’s terrorist assault at two New Zealand mosques:
This is what real action to stop gun violence looks like. We must follow New Zealand's lead, take on the NRA and ban the sale and distribution of assault weapons in the United States. https://t.co/lSAisDG9Ur
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) March 21, 2019
He is joined by far-left Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), who applauded New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden for not even waiting for the bodies to get cold before announcing a firearm ban.
Sandy Hook happened 6 years ago and we can’t even get the Senate to hold a vote on universal background checks w/ #HR8.
Christchurch happened, and within days New Zealand acted to get weapons of war out of the consumer market.
This is what leadership looks like ⬇️ https://t.co/TcdR63anBt
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 21, 2019
While it is expected for a radical socialist to oppose gun rights, Sanders does have a record of standing for the 2nd Amendment in the past. His home state of Vermont has a rural culture that supports gun rights, and Sanders – always the pandering politician – played to that constituency to stay in public office.
Sanders has frequently shown a willingness to support gun rights if he feels it may help him boost his independent credentials. He actually voted against the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act when it came up on the US House floor back in 1993. He also voted in favor of legislation protecting gun manufacturers from frivolous lawsuits designed to put them out of business as a Senator.
Now that he thinks he might be able to win the Presidency, Sanders is aggressively disavowing his previous record of actually standing for the Constitution. He made it clear from his announcement speech for his 2020 presidential run that crushing firearm freedom is a central tenet of his divisive campaign of class warfare.
“I’m running for president because we must end the epidemic of gun violence in this country. We need to take on the NRA, expand background checks, end the gun show loophole, and ban the sale and distribution of assault weapons,” Sanders said.
Radical Marxists can always be relied upon to turn their backs on freedom when it counts. The rise of Sanders as a viable presidential contender is emblematic of the new radical shift the Democratic Party is taking. The only thing standing in the way of their extreme socialism is President Donald Trump.
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Massachusetts Gun Store Remaining Open in Defiance of Governor’s “Non-Essential” Declaration
The Gunrunner isn’t closing its doors.
A Massachusetts gun store is remaining open even after Governor Charlie Baker labeled firearm retail establishments “non-essential” and directive them to close under the commonwealth’s state of emergency declaration.
John Costa, owner of The Gunrunner in Middleboro, believes that the Second Amendment provides his gun store with authorization to remain open.
Costa explained that “under the second amendment we have every right to defend ourselves,” justifying the operations of The Gunrunner. Business has been booming at the store according to Costa, with unprecedented amounts of gun purchasers patronizing the establishment despite Baker’s command that they stay away.
Baker expressed discontent at a Wednesday press conference upon learning that some gun stores in the commonwealth were remaining open.
“They shouldn’t have been open last week. The only folks on the firearm side that have been essential been in Massachusetts since we issued the initial order are manufacturers.”
Costa is practicing social distancing measures, as well. He’s not even letting customers to enter the physical space of his store. Instead, potential gun buyers are describing the kind of gun they want for Costa to bring it out to them curbside. It’s hard to imagine more stringent social distancing measures being utilized by any business, but it’s not good enough for the commonwealth of Massachusetts.
The store has received a cease-and-desist order from town officials after declining to close in accordance with state directives. Gun stores aren’t included as essential retailers in the proclamation issued by Massachusetts’ nominally Republican governor, and he’s going to greater lengths to close them than progressive Democrats in states such as New Jersey and California. Governors and sheriffs in both states caved when the Trump administration declared firearms retailers to be essential businesses under updated DHS guidelines, but Baker is steadfast in insisting that gun retailers close.
Americans have shattered previous monthly records for firearms purchases during the month of March, showing a desire to lawfully acquire arms that correlates sharply with the coronavirus epidemic. With an unprecedented demand for guns among the public, policy makers should think twice about arbitrarily demanding the industry shut down.
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