On July 17, 2020, Atlanta mayor Keisha Bottoms said in an MSNBC interview that Georgia’s open carry laws are part of the reason why there has been an increase in violence in Georgia.
“What’s happening in Atlanta is what’s happening across the country,” Bottoms declared. She alluded to the lack of access to health care and the nation’s high unemployment rate for the unrest.
She added, “People are dying of COVID-19. We have witnessed the injustices that have happened in front of our eyes and its boiling over into our streets.”
The mayor continued going off:
The irony of it is that our overall crime rate is down by 18%, but in Georgia, an open carry state, people are allowed to walk down the streets with assault weapons, and we don’t have probable cause to stop them,” Bottoms added. “You don’t get to pick and choose which demographic you get to stop and question as to why they’re walking in our streets with open weapons. It is an issue in Atlanta. It’s an issue in other cities across this nation, and it is one that we take very seriously.
William Davis of the Daily Caller explained that “Atlanta is one of many major cities that have experienced surges in crime in recent months as protests over the death of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor continue.” From May 31 to June 27, 93 people were shot in Atlanta. According to The Atlanta Journal Constitution, this represented over a two-fold increase from 2019. In that same period last year, 46 people were shot.
One thing that was pointed out was that Georgia has been an open carry state for some time and previously never experienced such a rise in shootings.
Conservative commentator Erick Erickson brought attention to this on Twitter:
Here’s the Mayor of Atlanta blaming open-carry for the increase in in shootings in Atlanta. We’ve had open-carry for at least a decade and the shootings in Atlanta only started after she decided to fire all the police for doing their jobs.
Here's the Mayor of Atlanta blaming open-carry for the increasein in shootings in Atlanta. We've had open-carry for at least a decade and the shootings in Atlanta only started after she decided to fire all the police for doing their jobs. https://t.co/XUPg0Byloc
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) July 17, 2020
Indeed, Georgia has had open carry on the books for some time, but it is not sufficient of a factor to explain why Atlanta is witnessing this sudden rise in shootings.
The Atlanta mayor should instead rethink her anti-police policies which have made the city less safe and more chaotic.
Flashback: Ann Coulter Warns Steve Bannon about Donald Trump’s Hires During 2016
Coulter tells it like it is.
Earlier this week, former White House adviser Steve Bannon reached out to President Donald Trump, in an apparent move to reconcile with the president. Bannon was one of the more renowned advisors in the Trump administration who received a lot of attention for his unconventional views. The former White House adviser is likely looking for Trump to pardon him for several federal criminal charges that he is currently facing.
Bannon was one of the strongest contrarian voices on the right who questioned traditional conservative dogma on free trade and immigration. His rise to prominence represented a raw, populist anger that was building within the Republican Party base. Bannon ended up leaving the Trump administration after the infamous Charlottesville rally. This left a massive void for populist voices within the Trump brain trust, which was never adequately filled with populist figures.
Most of the strong populist voices during the Trump era came from the outside. Conservative commentator Ann Coulter has been one of the leading figures trying to steer populist discourse in America.Although a harsh critic, Coulter did her best to hold President Trump accountable and watch his every move, especially personnel decisions that did not align with his America first vision. To the average pro-Trump individual, Coulter’s criticism may come off as abrasive, but it was and still is necessary to have a viable nationalist movement.
As a reminder to her followers about how she knew that there were subversive elements in the Trump administration who wanted to gut the president’s America First agenda and pursue more traditional Republican policies, she tweeted about email correspondence she had with Bannon dating back to December 2, 2016. In light of the rapprochement between Bannon and Trump, Coulter called attention to how she warned the former White House adviser about some of the latter’s questionable staffing decisions during the early stages of his presidency.
Coulter tweeted, “No, actually, I knew Trump was betraying us pretty early on – and that it would cost him re-election. My December 2, 2016 email to Steve Bannon:”
No, actually, I knew Trump was betraying us pretty early on – and that it would cost him re-election.
My December 2, 2016 email to Steve Bannon: pic.twitter.com/38hGPNUqqN
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) January 14, 2021
In an email sent on December 2, 2016 with a subject line titled “ghost of christmas future”, Coulter warned then-White House adviser Bannon about some of Trump’s hiring decisions.
She first noted that “the fact that Trump is even CONSIDERING rep. Mccaul (rubio in the house) for homeland — and is NOT considering kobach— tells me we’re not getting any major deportations, no removal of refugees, no e-verify, no end to end anchor babies… and trump will be dead.
also, “mad dog” isn’t going to build a wall.”
She was referring to Texas Congressman Michael McCaul, a known mass migration booster and a potential nominee for the head of the Department of Homeland Security. United States Marine Corps General James Matthis would be Trump’s first Secretary of Defense, who ended up turning out to be a Deep State hack. On the other hand, Kris Kobach is a nationally recognized immigration hawk, who gained fame for implementing some of the stiffest voter ID standards in the nation during his time as Secretary of State.
The Trump administration was successful in implementing several administrative changes that limited immigration and also did not get involved in any nation-building engagements like previous administrations.
Nevertheless, Coulter’s incisive suggestions still have use for future Republican administrations. The new GOP should follow Coulter’s pro-migration restriction suggestions if it wants to not only remain politically relevant, but also protect the integrity of America’s political system.
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