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Crime Researcher and Congressman Make the Case for Abolishing Gun-Free Zones

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John Lott and Thomas Massie co-authored a piece on Fox making the case for abolishing gun-free zones.

The recent massacre at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center has brought back the usual gun control debate that Americans have constantly seen in the media.

Lott and Massie, however, noticed “an all too familiar pattern” after this shooting. Specifically, this was another mass shooting that took place where victims were banned from carrying guns.

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They noted that “most lives are claimed in places where people can’t defend themselves on equal footing.”

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One of the bombshell revelations that they uncovered was that Kate Nixon, a compliance manager at the municipal center, was worried about a fellow employee and discussed with her husband the night before the attack about taking her concealed carry handgun. Although she is licensed to carry, the city bans individuals, including public employees, from carrying “any weapon” on city property unless authorized by a supervisor. As a result, she decided not to carry.

However, the murderer, DeWayne Craddock, did not follow the law and Kate Nixon became one of the 12 people slaughtered in this massacre. This is part of a larger trend that Lott has studied in recent times. Lott’s research indicates that 98 percent of all mass shootings in the U.S. since 1950 have taken place in gun-free zones.

In response to such an alarming trend, Massie introduced H.R. 3200 last week, “a bill that repeals the Gun-Free School Zones Act (GFSZA) of 1990.”

The Safe Students Act already has co-sponsors in Justin Amash, R-Mich., Jody Hice, R-Ga., Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, James Comer, R-Ky., and Brian Babin, R-Texas.

Given the partisan makeup of the U.S. House, this bill will likely not come up for a vote.

However, it is getting the conversation started on the abolition of gun-free zones.

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Thanks to Spineless, Establishment Republicans, Senate Panel Delays Vote to Subpoena Big Tech CEOs

Republicans Continue to Show Pathetic They are on the Issues that Matter Most

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America First nationalist’s hopes of having Big Tech CEOs testify before Congress about allegations of censorship directed towards the Right were temporarily dashed on October 19, 2020.

Politico reported that the Senate Judiciary Committee delayed plans to vote on subpoenas to force the CEOs of Twitter and Facebook to go before the Senate and be questioned about their anti-Right wing censorship policies.

Some Republicans ended up having cold feet and decided to postpone the vote much to the disappointment of right wing activists who have complained about Big Tech’s anti-free speech policies.

President Donald Trump and a number of nationalist Republicans have sharply criticized Facebook and Twitter over their censorship of a controversial New York Post report that exposed Hunter Biden, Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son, and his corrupt behavior.

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Originally, GOP officials in the Judiciary Committee announced plans to hold a markup on October 20 to determine if they would subpoena Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to get his perspective on allegations concerning his company’s policies that muzzle conservative viewpoints. Twitter denies claims regarding Twitter’s censorship policies.

South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, who is the Chair of the Judiciary Committee, revealed that the planned vote would also call on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify.

The panel stated on October 19 that it would determine whether they would issue subpoenas during a executive session on October 22 where it will also allegedly approve Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. The committee declared in a statement that it will maintain negotiations with the companies “to allow for voluntary testimony” by the CEO. However, if an agreement cannot be reached, the panel will proceed to take a vote on the subpoenas “at a date to be determined.”

The subpoenas would compel the tech big wigs to testify on the reports of “suppression and/or censorship” of New York Post stories and on “any other content moderation policies, practices, or actions that may interfere with or influence elections for federal office,” according to a committee document released on October 19.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who is the chair of the Judiciary’s Subcommittee on the Constitution said to reporters that he’s expecting the committee to preside over testimonies from the Twitter and Facebook chiefs “shortly” regardless of whether they come to the decision on their own volition.

“One way or another, either voluntarily or pursuant to subpoena, they will testify and they will testify before the election,” Cruz stated.

In a separate hearing for the Senate Commerce Committee, Zuckerberg and Dorsey will join Google CEO Sundar Pichai on October 28 for a hearing on Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which generally shields Big Tech companies from a liability.

Cruz, who is a member of both Judiciary and Commerce committees, wants each panel to carry out their own hearings with the tech chiefs before election day. “I believe we need a separate hearing in Judiciary because the issues being discussed in the two committees are different,” Cruz remarked.

Big Tech has become too powerful, especially during a time when social media has become the de facto public square. Republicans will need to get serious about making online speech receive the same treatment as general political speech.

 

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