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DEVELOPING: White House and Justice Department Pitch Gun Control to Republican Leaders

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The Daily Caller reports that the White House and Department of Justice (DOJ) have held meetings with multiple Republican senators and congressmen to put forward legislation on expanding background checks in the mold of the Toomey-Manchin bill.

The Daily Caller  was able to receive a copy of an “idea sheet” that Republican leaders have been passing around, which indicates that the legislation in question would expand background checks to include all commercially advertised unlicensed sales.

Idea Sheet from WH and DOJ can be accessed here 

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“Consistent with the Manchin-Toomey draft legislation, a background-check requirement would be extended to all advertised commercial sales, including sales at gun shows,” the handout states. “Background checks would be conducted either through a [Federal Firearm Licensee] or through a newly-created class of licensed transfer agents.”

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Attorney General Bill Barr and White House Legislative Affairs Director Eric Ueland were both in attendance at the Tuesday meetings, which were held on the Hill and included North Carolina Republican Congressman Mark Meadows, Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz, and Missouri Republican Senator Josh Hawley

Utah Republican Senator Mike Lee was supposed to meet to discuss the legislation, but Barr canceled the meeting, according to a report from a Senate Republican staffer.

One sources claims that Barr argued in favor of legislative action by warning that not doing anything would embolden the Democratic base right before the 2020 election. Barr claims that background check legislation is not a gun control measure, but rather as “a tool to assist law enforcement in cracking down on gun smugglers.”

Another source claims that the efforts to get Republicans to support this legislation are “superficial”, because “there was no draft text or other follow-up action promised to them after the meeting.”

Under federal law, all gun sales going through federally licensed dealers must go through background checks. However, private sales do not. The Toomey-Manchin legislation would allegedly ensure that all gun sales and transfers go through a background check. Family sales and transfers between friends would not be covered under this legislation.

Despite the loud cries for gun control, independent research has shown that both the normal background check system (NICS) and any expansions of it, would very likely not prevent mass shootings.

Republicans engaging in these debates should be careful about giving anti-gun Democrats an inch on gun control.

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Here’s Where Hispanics Will Play a Decisive Role in the 2020 Elections

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In 2020, Hispanics will leave their mark in presidential elections.

During the present election cycle, Hispanics will be the country’s largest ethnic minority in a U.S. presidential contest. 32 million Hispanics will be expected to cast their ballots in the 2020 presidential election. They will make up 13.3 percent of all eligible voters. That said, the number of Hispanic eligible voters is significantly lower than the 60 million Hispanics who live in the country.

Nationally speaking, 62 percent of Hispanic registered voters identify with or lean towards the Democratic Party  On the other hand, 34 percent hold similar inclinations with the Republican Party.

Pew Research Center highlighted five key facts about the geographic distribution of the Latino vote for the 2020 presidential election:

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Here are five facts about the geography of Latino voters for the upcoming 2020 presidential election:

1 Two-in-three Latino eligible voters live in just five states. California alone holds roughly a quarter of the nation’s Latino electorate, with 7.9 million Latino eligible voters. Texas is second with 5.6 million, followed by Florida (3.1 million), New York (2.0 million) and Arizona (1.2 million).

2 Latinos make up the highest share of eligible voters in New Mexico (43%). The other top states are California (30%), Texas (30%), Arizona (24%) and Florida (20%).

3 Texas’ 20th Congressional District is home to 359,000 Latino eligible voters, the highest number of any congressional district in the country. Texas’ 16th, 34th and 23rd districts, and Florida’s 26th District, round out the top five, each with at least 321,000 Latino eligible voters.

4 California’s 40th District has the nation’s highest share (80%) of Latinos among its eligible voter population. Texas is home to the next four highest districts, where at least seven-in-ten eligible voters in each are Latino: the 34th District (79%), 16th District (77%), 15th District (73%) and the 28th District (71%).

In 26 congressional districts, Latinos represent at least half of all eligible voters. Most are in California (11 districts) and Texas (eight districts). Florida (25th, 26th and 27th districts), Arizona (3rd and 7th districts), New York (15th District) and Illinois (4th District) also are home to congressional districts that meet this threshold.

5 Only about half of the nation’s 60 million Hispanics are eligible to vote – the smallest share of any racial or ethnic group. While the Hispanic population has grown rapidly in recent decades, many are not eligible voters. More than other racial or ethnic groups, many Hispanics are young (18.6 million are under 18 years old) or non-citizen adults (11.3 million, more than half of whom are unauthorized immigrants).

Hispanics will be one of the key constituents that will play a huge role in American politics from here on out. Despite all the media hype about them being a reliable bloc vote because of the GOP’s  supposedly tough stances on immigration restriction, many Hispanics do in fact support tighter controls on immigration. Additionally, in certain crucial swing states such as Florida, Hispanics are beginning to head on over to the Republican side.

Trump’s national populism, not Hispandering, is key in making sure that Democrats don’t turn the Hispanic vote into a dominate segment of its coalition. All things considered, Hispanics will play a pivotal role in leading Donald Trump  to victory on November 3.

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