On April 11, 2019, Turning Point USA Executive Director Charlie Kirk endorsed the federal government’s gun control status quo.
When trying to make the case for background checks for voting and illegal immigrants, Kirk said that he has “no problem with existing laws for background checks when it comes to firearms.”
This demonstrates an interesting divide in the right wing movement.
Some organizations like The National Association for Gun Rights and Gun Owners of America take a more hardline approach to gun rights. They see all gun control at the federal level, especially the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), as an infringement on the Second Amendment.
GOA founder Larry Pratt sees these types of infringements as part of a larger ploy to destroy the Second Amendment. In the case of the controversial bump stock ban, Pratt told the Christian Science Monitor that incremental forms of gun control are ways anti-gunners “can get momentum”.
Some researchers like John Lott have argued that crime rates were falling well before the implementation of the federal government’s background check system. In More Guns, Less Crime, Lott pointed out that decreasing crime rates started in 1991. The federal NICS system went into effect in 1998.
BLP has reported on growing tension between no compromise groups and establishment Republicans like Lindsey Graham who are trotting out their own gun control legislation like red flag laws.
Many of these groups see the potential for betrayal given that Florida, a state with firm Republican control of its legislature, ended up enacting red flag laws after the 2018 Parkland shooting.
In the past week, Texas Republican leadership shot down the idea of Constitutional Carry and embark on a coordinated media campaign against pro-gun organizations like Texas Gun Rights.
As the issue of gun control becomes more heated and the Left becomes even more openly anti-gun, conservatives and Republican elected officials will be placed under further scrutiny by no compromise gun groups.
At a time when there are open calls to repeal the Second Amendment, and when Establishment and even some “conservative” Republicans have accepted the leftist approach on gun control, many figures on the Right are moving to present a stronger defense against gun grabbers.
Fox News Ratings Crater, Trailing CNN and MSNBC for First Time in 21 Years
A brutal collapse over the past two-and-a-half months.
Recent data from Nielsen shows that Fox News finished behind both CNN and MSNBC in ratings to open the month of January.
This is the first time in twenty-one years that that has happened, according to Daily Wire.
Nielsen’s ratings data shows that CNN finished number one among cable news networks with approximately 2.8 million viewers per day from January 4 through January 10, including 4.2 million in primetime.
MSNBC came in second with 2.3 million viewers per day and 3.8 million in primetime. And in third was Fox News with 1.7 million viewers per day and 3.2 million in primetime.
This is tough data for the conservative-leaning network. Over the past couple decades Fox has become accustomed to completely dominating the ratings, oftentimes receiving more viewership than CNN and MSNBC combined. Several factors contribute to the fall of Fox, including but not limited to:
- The death of Roger Ailes in 2017 and subsequent changes in network leadership
- Their disastrous Election Night coverage on November 3
- Donald Trump’s loss to Joe Biden
- An ostensible effort to distance themselves from Trump
- A real or perceived softening of their conservatism in general
- Trump’s public irritation with the network, to the point of telling people to migrate over to Newsmax and One America News Network (OANN)
Fox News has recently announced lineup changes as well. This is standard practice in the cable news industry and may not have much to do with their suffering ratings, though there’s a likely possibility that it does. Fox will be adding an hour-long opinion show in place of Martha MacCallum’s news show “The Story,” which had fallen behind both CNN and MSNBC’s 7pm timeslots after a stretch of being “comfortably ahead in ratings.” The network will also shuffle some of their daytime lineup.
As Joe Biden works through his first 100 days as president, it will be interesting to see how Fox News continues to perform, not only in comparison with CNN and MSNBC, but also with OANN and Newsmax.
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