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FLASHBACK: The Swamp Gets the Trump Administration to Endorse Red Flag Laws

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The uproar from the Dayton and El Paso shootings has made the political class and media elites firmly believe that something must be done to address gun violence.

As a result, Republicans have desperately kowtowed to the media’s pressure and are now putting dangerous red flag gun confiscation legislation at the top of the agenda.

Although it may appear that red flag laws came out of nowhere, they have been a policy fixture in over a dozen states, predominately Democratically-controlled states.

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However, states like Florida opened up the floodgates when it decided to pass a red flag law of its own after the Parkland Massacre in 2018.

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Lost among this noise is also that the Trump administration took subtle action a few months after the Parkland massacre occurred.

On December 18, 2018, the Trump administration released a statement endorsing red flag legislation.

This was part of President Trump’s School Safety Commission (Commission) that was created after the shooting and was put under Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’s watch.

In this report, it released various recommendations for addressing school safety and violence.

One of them included an endorsement of red flag gun confiscation orders.

According to the statement, the “Commission endorses Extreme Risk Protection Order laws, which give authorities a temporary way to keep those who threaten society from possessing or purchasing firearms.”

Fast forward to 2019, and now red flag legislation seems like is going to be a hotly-contested issue at the federal level.

Nevertheless, gun owners should be aware that red flag legislation has been on the presidential agenda for some time.

Gun owners may never know what the motive behind this previous statement was. One can speculate that elements within the Trump administration want to subvert his America First agenda by getting him involved in passing unconstitutional gun control schemes.

But now is not the time to merely speculate. Gun owners will have to stand up to Congress and make sure red flag legislation never makes it to Trump’s desk.

 

 

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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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