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.
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Britain Kicks the Bums Out by Unveiling New Skill-Based Immigration System
On Wednesday, February 19, 2020, the United Kingdom announced a new change in immigration policy that would bar unskilled immigrants from entering the country.
Under new requirements, migrants must be able to speak English and hold a job.
According to Home Secretary Priti Patel, the new policy will make it easier for “the brightest and the best from around the world” to enter the country, declaring it a “historic moment for the whole country.”
This plan will go into effect on January 1, 2021, which intends to reduce the UK’s reliance on low-skilled” migrants and incentivize companies to develop technology and automation.
It encourages firms to hire foreigners “with greatest talents,” such as “scientists, engineers, academics and other highly-skilled workers,” according to the government’s document marketing this policy.
“We need to shift the focus of our economy away from a reliance on cheap labor from Europe and instead concentrate on investment in technology and automation,” the Home Office announced.
Patel claimed in a number of TV and radio interviews Wednesday that businesses need to concentrate on hiring “economically inactive” British-born adults between the ages of 16 and 64, rather than importing immigrants.
According to a report from The Guardian, the Home secretary called on firms to focus their resources on British natives and “up their skills and make their skills relevant.”
The immigration policy will revamp current rules and establish a “points-based” system, where migrants must meet certain requirements which include employment and language proficiency before they can stay in the U.K for longer periods time, according to the government’s official policy paper.
Migrants must be able to speak English, while also proving they have a job offer from a known employer with a minimum 25,600 pound (roughly $33,000) salary.
Before Brexit took place, European Union citizens were allowed to freely move between countries, but under the U.K.’s new policy, that freedom of movement would be eliminated.
A substantial portion of Britain’s foreign workforce comes from Eastern Europe and they are generally involved in the food processing, hospitality, construction, kitchen work and elderly care sectors. At least 3.2 million European Union residents already living in the U.K. would still be allowed to stay and work.
Johnson is expected to introduce this bill next month.
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