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.
Hispanic UFC Fighter Jorge Masvidal to Join Donald Trump Jr. in “Fighters Against Socialism” Bus Tour
UFC Welterweight fighter Jorge Masvidal announced on September 29, 2020 that he would be joining Donald Trump Jr. for a day long “Fighters Against Socialism” that will take place in Florida on October 3.
ESPN MMA journalist Ariel Helwani provided more details on this development:
“Jorge Masvidal will join Donald Trump Jr. on a day long “Fighters Against Socialism” bus tour across Florida this Saturday. They will hold 3 rallies in Tampa, Orlando and Miami. Their final rally will be at the American Top Team gym where they expect numerous fighters to join.”
Jorge Masvidal will join Donald Trump Jr. on a day long "Fighters Against Socialism" bus tour across Florida this Saturday. They will hold 3 rallies in Tampa, Orlando and Miami. Their final rally will be at the American Top Team gym where they expect numerous fighters to join.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) September 29, 2020
The fighter himself commented on this news, declaring “The anti communism bus tour will be arriving at a city near you #supernecessary.”
— Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) September 29, 2020
Unlike other sports leagues, the UFC has uniquely positioned itself by not adopting the woke antics of leagues such as the NFL and NBA.
Masvidal is a veteran of MMA promotions such as Strikeforce, Bellator, and the UFC. He is currently fighting under the UFC banner and holds a record of 35-14. According to MMA website Sherdog, he is currently ranked in 4th place . Similarly, he is ranked in 4th place according to the UFC’s rankings.
The Welterweight fighter currently owns the record for the fastest knockout in UFC history, after he knocked out Ben Askren with a flying knee five seconds into the first round. Additionally, Masvidal won the “BMF” championship against Nate Diaz in 2019 after he battered Diaz and forced a technical knockout via doctor stoppage.
Masvidal fought current welterweight champion Kamaru Usman on less than a week’s notice for the UFC Welterweight Championship at UFC 251, after he replaced the original challenger Gilbert Burns, who tested positive for the Wuhan virus. Before the fight took place, Masvidal signed a multi-fight contract with the UFC. Masvidal ended up losing the fight via unanimous decision.
Nevertheless, the card reportedly netted 1.3 million pay-per-view buys in America.
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