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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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Airbnb CEO Says Wuhan Virus Will Fundamentally Transform Domestic Travel

Post-pandemic America will not look the same.

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Brian Chesky, the CEO of Airbnb, said to Reuters on January 14, 2021 that domestic travel patterns will not revert to pre-Wuhan virus pandemic standards.

In a Zoom call with Jonathan Weber, the global technology editor for Reuters, Chesky said that business travel will move towards leisure travel due to the fact that software like Zoom facilitates teleconferencing at unprecedented rates. 

Furthermore, Chesky speculates that people won’t be visiting America’s largest cities as much as before, nor will they stay at crowded hotels. Instead, he believes that “many people will travel by car – some will travel by plane – and they’re going to travel to thousands of smaller communities. And many of these communities are going to be smaller cities and or even rural areas.” 

Additionally, the Airbnb CEO notes that “farm stays are huge right now” and that national parks travel will become a major trend among travelers in the upcoming months. The latter will grow, in Chesky’s view, because most Americans have not visited such parks.

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According to an Airbnb survey, 54% of Americans have plans of traveling in 2021 or they’re in the process of planning out their trips for the summer. Chesky asserted that travelers are “yearning for what was taken away from them.” He added, “they’re not yearning to see Times Square. What they are yearning to do is to see their friends and their families they have not seen in a long time.”

Tyler Durden of ZeroHedge raised an interesting point about this change in Americans’ travel patterns:

If Chesky is right about the significant travel shift, the hotel industry could be slated for a massive wave of bankruptcies and or consolidation to a degree never before seen.  

Regardless, Americans are getting tired of the Wuhan virus lockdowns. Millions of Americans have had their freedoms infringed upon thanks to politicians who want to exploit a generalized crisis for their own gain. 

If Republicans were smart, they would be unapologetically campaigning for their states to be reopened. Americans want to go back to their normal lives and engage in activities such as travel, which the political class has deprived them of.

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