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Confederate Veterans Group Receives Removed Statues from the City of Memphis

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A Tennessee nonprofit group recently turned over statues of Confederate leaders Nathan Bedford Forrest and Jefferson Davis to the Sons of Confederate Veterans according to a report from the Richmond Free Press.

This came about two years after they were taken down from public parks in Memphis.

The Confederate statues have been given to descendants of Forrest and the Sons of Confederate Veterans “to display them as they wish,” Bruce McMullen, legal officer for the City of Memphis, said last month.

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The statues’ locations have not been disclosed, but they could be re-erected in the near future.

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It should be noted that in the agreement to hand over the monuments, the veterans’ group cannot put the statues back in Memphis or Shelby County, according to a statement from Van Turner, the president of Greenspace Inc., a nonprofit that was active in taking down these statues.

The city of Memphis and the Confederate veterans’ group have fought in court over the statues’ removal from two city parks. The equestrian statue of Forrest and the monument of Mr. Davis were removed on December 20, 2017.

When this removal occurred, Tennessee law restricted the removal or modification of historical memorials on public property. The city of Memphis exploited a loophole in the historical preservation law by selling the public parks to Greenspace.

Greenspace then proceeded to remove the monuments and then stored them at an undisclosed location. However, Forrest and his wife are still buried at the park where his statue was in place for decades.

Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle ruled that the monument removals were not violations of state law because the statues stood on private property when they were removed.

Back in October, the Tennessee Supreme Court ruled that it would not hear the Sons of Confederate Veterans’ appeal.

The Tennessee General Assembly recently passed a bill making it more difficult for cities to circumvent the law.

They also approved a measure preventing cities from selling or transferring property featuring historic memorials with the express permission from the Tennessee Historical Society or a court.

H. Edward Phillips, the legal counsel for Forrest’s descendants and the Confederate veterans’ group, said the relatives were glad to have the statue issue settled. The descendants have also sued the city over the buried remains, which could potentially be relocated. Turner claimed that issue is currently being taken care of.

Turner also recognized that the Forrest statue’s removal helped allay concerns from prospective investors in Memphis’ growing medical district, where Forrest Park had been located. It is now named Health Sciences Park.

“We are a Southern city, but it does not mean we have to live in the past,” said Turner, a former county commissioner and current leader of the Memphis NAACP.

“But for those things which are not as appealing to everyone, we need to move beyond those things,” Turner said. “I think this was the right time to do it.”

The current monument removal craze is part of the politically correct Left’s greater plan to dissolve American identity.

Confederate monuments are an easy first step. Soon, Founding Fathers and other prominent American figures will be in the Left’s crosshairs. If cleansing society of supposed “racism” is the Left’s goal, a broad array of historical figures is fair game.

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Democrats Introduce Expanded Background Check Legislation

Democrats are going to implement a background check which targets “extremism.”

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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.

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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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