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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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Research Shows that U.S. Hispanics Reject the Ridiculous Label of “Latinx”

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Pew Research Center’s Hispanic trends found that Hispanics are categorically rejecting the label of “Latinx.”

The question of pan-ethnic labels to describe people with origins from Latin America and Spain has been a subject of discussion for decades. Over the decades there has been a consensus to label such people as Hispanic and Latino.

However, the political correctness crowd made sure to politicize these labels by introducing the new term Latinx, which is allegedly gender neutral and pan-ethnic. In the Spanish language, nouns, pronouns, and adjectives have feminine and masculine forms. This is way too much for politically correct activists in the West who want to export their politically correct ethos abroad.

That said, only a few Hispanics have embraced this politically correct flavor of the week. Of the U.S. adults who identify as Hispanic, only 23 percent of them have heard of the term Latinx.  A measly 3 percent indicated that they use the term to describe themselves, according to a bilingual survey of U.S. Hispanic adults carried out in December 2019 by the Pew Research Center.

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Although only a quarter of U.S. Hispanics claim to have heard about the term Latinx, there is a clear generational gap between its usage among different subgroups. Young Hispanics, between the ages of 18 to 29, are the most likely to have heard of the term, with 42 percent of them being acquainted with the term, whereas 7 percent of those 65 or older have heard of the term.

College-educated Hispanics are more likely to have heard the term Latinx than individuals without a college education. Approximately 38 percent of college graduates have heard of Latinx, in addition to 31 percent of those with college experience. By contrast, only 14 percent of those with a high school diploma or less are acquainted with the label.

Additionally, U.S. born Hispanics are more likely than the foreign born to have heard the term (32 percent to 16 percent). Hispanics who mainly speak English or are bilingual are more likely than individuals who mainly speak Spanish to have heard of the term (29 percent for the former vs. 7 percent for the latter.)

Awareness of the term does not translate into overall usage. Of Hispanic women ages 18 to 29, only 14 percent of them use the term. On the other hand, 1 percent of Hispanic men of that age group use the term.

It’s good to hear that Hispanics are rejecting this politically concocted term. The gender wars that the Left is waging are meant to create disruption. The last thing we need in the U.S. is more divisiveness and social instability brought about by the PC mad scientists.

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