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FLASHBACK: Laura Loomer Files FEC Complaint Against Twitter for Trying to Derail Her Campaign

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Congressional candidate Laura Loomer is currently mired in a defamation lawsuit against Facebook which is still stuck in the courts.

The embattled conservative candidate and alternative media personality has made waves by deciding to run for office in Florida’s 21st congressional district after suffering a vicious deplatforming campaign at the hands of Big Tech.

Short-term memory often keeps us from getting the bigger picture. Going back to January 27, 2020, Loomer filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) against Twitter, claiming that the company made an in-kind donation to her political opponents by depriving her access to the social media platform.

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Charlie Spies is Loomer’s legal counsel and has a number of high-profile FEC cases under his belt. Spies said in a statement, “This is a first-of-its-kind complaint and takes into account the influential role that social media corporations play in our elections.”

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Spies added, “Once Ms. Loomer became a federal candidate, it became illegal for Twitter to ban her while providing free access to her Democrat opponent. Corporate owned public forums like Twitter must either provide equal time and access for all candidates for public office, or charge market value. Twitter should not be exempt from Equal Time laws, and a violation like the one occurring with Ms. Loomer is an impermissible in-kind corporate contribution to her opponent.”

The Equal Times laws that Spies alluded to have been in place for some time and outline that broadcasters must provide equal time to all political candidate who request it. Put simply, if a Democrat is allowed to have five minutes of airtime on a radio or TV station, their Republican opponent must be allotted the same amount of time.

Allum Bokhari of Breitbart News highlighted how this standard would be applied to social media:

Applied to social media platforms, this would imply that if a Democrat candidate is allowed unlimited access to a service like Twitter, then their opponent must be allowed the same level of access. Loomer’s complaint alleges that by granting her political opponents access to the platform while denying it to her, Twitter is making an illegal in-kind contribution to those opponents.

“Twitter has become a primary method of communication for candidates and elected officials to speak directly to their supporters without the filter of the media,” remarked Spies. “President Trump proved this in 2016 and continues the practice today. Twitter’s continued ban against Laura Loomer, prevents her campaign from having equal access that is required under the law.”

The entire FEC complaint can be found here.

Loomer has been one of the leading voices against political correctness in the Trump era.

Her deplatforming illustrates the lengths that legacy outlets will go to silence dissidents in America.

Loomer’s example shows why people from Second Amendment champions to free speech advocates should make common cause with figures like Loomer.

If the Right wants to preserve freedom in America, it should do everything it can to back Loomer and hopefully get her elected to Congress.

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If Democrats Win, Will Guns Sales Go Through the Roof?

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No matter who wins in 2020, the biggest story of this election cycle has been the record levels of gun sales.  In a piece titled “Guns Sales Break Records With Gun Control Legislation Likely If Democrats Win”, Newsweek highlights the meteoric rise of gun sales in 2020 and how these sales will only go up under a Biden administration.

It’s likely that a Biden win on November 3, 2020 will give life to gun control measure such as universal background checks, assault weapons bans, and national gun buybacks. Scott Reeves of Newsweek noted that “coronavirus pandemic, urban riots and the likelihood of increased regulation if the Democrats win the White House, regain control of the Senate and hold the House” have led to the unprecedented firearms sales.  A Biden win would only accelerate this trend, as people become frightened by the prospect of gun control.

Through September, background checks recorded by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) reached 28.826 million. This total surpassed 2019’s record of 28.369 million, representing a 28 percent increase, according to the FBI report. As of September 30, Illinois was leading the nation in background checks with 5.6 million. Reeves noted that other states such as Kentucky (2.364 million) checks, Texas (1.730 million), Florida (1.386 million), Indiana (1.203 million), California (1.187 million) and Pennsylvania (1.030 million), were also experiencing significant upticks in gun sales.

Since NICS came into effect on November 1998, a total of 361.830 million background checks for all purposes have been completed since the program began in November 1998.

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Zogby Analytics provided some more data showing how enthusiastic Americans are about buying guns:

Zogby Analytics in Utica, New York found that the number of gun owners increased 3.9% between October 2019 and October 2020 to 31.3% of the population. The number of individuals in a household keeping a gun at home, work, vacation cottage or club for personal protection, hunting or target shooting increased 7% to 42.2% in the last year. Membership in the National Rifle Association, a gun rights advocacy group, increased 6% to 17.7% in the last year, Zogby’s polling found.

“While there is fierce debate in Washington D.C. and among voters about what certain types of guns and accessories constitute ‘assault weapons,’ adults in the U.S. are buying and keeping more guns,” Jonathan Zogby declared.

Josh Horwitz, executive director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, an anti-Second Amendment organization, is of the opinion that uncertainty brought about by the Wuhan virus pandemic, riots, and the election are contributing factors to the rise in gun sales.

“Typically, gun sales rise in times of fear,” he said to Newsweek. “We live in a time when there’s a lot of fear, including fear that there might be more gun regulation with a Democratic President and Democratic majorities in Congress. And, there’s been a lot of unrest.”

Americans actions speak louder than their words. Even if Joe Biden does the unthinkable (and the very unlikely) by winning on November 3, his administration will encounter stiff resistance from gun-owning Americans across the political spectrum.

 

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