On Thursday, October 17, 2019, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced that the Chinese government was pressuring the National Basketball Association to fire Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey over a tweet the Houston GM made in support of Hong Kong protestors according to a report from Time.
“We made clear that we were being asked to fire him, by the Chinese government, by the parties we dealt with, government and business,” Silver stated during his first US interview about the league’s current scandal with China. “We said there’s no chance that’s happening. There’s no chance we’ll even discipline him.”
While addressing the TIME 100 Health Summit, Silver disclosed that “The losses have already been substantial,” while also noting that “Our games are not back on the air in China as we speak, and we’ll see what happens next.”
“I don’t know where we go from here,” Silver stated, also highlighting that “The financial consequences have been and may continue to be fairly dramatic.”
Silver claims that the NBA didn’t bow down to China’s demands, noting “These American values — we are an American business — travel with us wherever we go.”
The recent China drama has been a bad look for NBA stars like LeBron James. James has built a reputation for virtue signaling on generic political issues, but on the question of China, he has remained silent. Some speculate that his Nike deal — a company that is very active in China — may explain his silence on China.
The bigger story is the growing influence China has on the world stage and how it is able to corrupt American companies. China may have discarded some of its genocidal past, but it still remains an authoritarian country with bold geopolitical ambitions.
Subverting American institutions from within is likely one of the ways it will advance its agenda.
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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