The AP reported last Thursday that Texas Governor Greg Abbott voiced concerns about private firearms sales but made no commitment to crack down on them or enact control measures following a meeting on ways to prevent future mass shootings such as the recent El Paso massacre.
Abbott stated that Texas would closely examine gun laws and other safety measures before the Texas State Legislature convenes in 2021.
Monitoring private gun sales were among the list of ideas that Abbott floated after coming out of a closed-door meeting about the El Paso tragedy with elected officials, police, and representatives from Big Tech companies such as Google, Facebook and Twitter.
Abbott stated, “Right now there is nothing in law that would prevent one stranger from selling a gun to a terrorist, and obviously that’s a danger that needs to be looked into.”
The Texas Governor provided no details about how Texas would keep tabs on private gun sales but did voice concerns about how some firearms could wind up in the wrong hands.
Big Tech executives were invited to speak with the Governor after he called for a crackdown on websites that violent extremists use to conduct their operations.
Executives from Google, Facebook and Twitter left the meeting before reporters were let back into the room. They were invited by Abbott after he called for a crackdown on internet sites used by violent extremists. This was spurred by the reports of the El Paso murderer posting a deranged political memo right before carrying out this atrocity.
According to Abbot, the companies offered several training programs for both users and law enforcement to detect individuals who may pose threats and prevent potential attacks.
Gun Owners of America’s Texas chapter organized a rally outside the Capitol before Abbott’s meeting to protest the “red flag” gun confiscation laws being floated after the El Paso shooting. The group also criticized any efforts to monitor social media that might have come about from these discussions.
The fact that a supposedly conservative governor such as Abbot is entertaining the idea of gun control should concern gun activists in the Lone Star State.
Groups like GOA will have to play a crucial role during the 2021 legislative session to prevent Abbott and his colleagues from potential selling out on the issue of gun control.
U.S. Law Enforcement Bust 27 People Connected to Mexican Sinaloa Cartel
Over two dozen people were arrested on drug charges in connection to a Mexican cartel smuggling cocaine into the U.S. Following a two-year investigation, 27 people were arrested through Operation Tripwire, an investigation effort U.S. officials have been working on featuring members of the Sinaloa Cartel.
The trafficking network went from Los Angeles, California to Tucson, Arizona and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where cocaine originating from Mexico was smuggled stateside. The United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Scott Brady declared “this is a large organization that was trafficking hundreds of kilograms of cocaine throughout the country and has direct ties to the Sinaloa cartel in Mexico.”
U.S. authorities recounted that the investigations started after an agent in Pittsburgh was able to identify an address that received large quantities of suspicious-looking packages coming from California. Since then, agents started to do investigation on other members of the network across the U.S.
Across the span of seven months, authorities were able to intercept U.S. calls made by some of the alleged traffickers with Sinaloa carte leaders in Mexico. On September 9, 2020, 27 were arrested in Arizona, California, and Pennsylvania.
According to American authorities, $1.3 million in cash and over 140 kilograms of cocaine were seized. The aforementioned people arrested are now facing a prison sentence of between 10 years and life in prison.
The border situation is no joke. Prior administrations have largely neglected the issue and have allowed for unprecedented levels of illegal immigration and drug trafficking to cross the U.S. border.
In a prior instance, BLP reported on how Mexico is a failed state that cannot maintain public order and is largely being pushed around by cartels. Due to its proximity to the U.S., Mexico’s problems will likely spillover stateside.
This is why border security is crucial. Thankfully, the U.S. has a president in Donald Trump that gets the memo. He’ll still need help from Congress, however,
That’s why it’s crucial that America First Republicans have strong showings at all branches of government in 2020.
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