New footage released by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office reveals a mass looting incident at a Tampa Bay, Florida Walmart, with hundreds of looters pouring into the retail business and pillaging merchandise.
The looting spree occurred on May 30th. HCSO detectives believe around 200 people poured into the Walmart to loot the business.
Authorities are claiming that looters stole more than $100,000 in merchandise from the store. The footage was released through their investigation in the looting, and the sheriff’s department is hoping the public can assist in identifying some of the looters.
Watch the surveillance camera footage of the mass looting here:
The footage reveals the mob of looters focusing on the Walmart’s electronics section for looting purposes, where they lifted computers, televisions, and gaming consoles. The Walmart is estimating the damages from the looting spree to be around $116,000.
In an ironic twist, Walmart has come out in support of the mass protest, riot and looting movement. The megacorporation- one of the most profitable in the United States- has pledged to donate $100 million to advance “racial justice” causes in the United States, creating a boon for neoliberal academics hoping to monetize leftist identitarian lectures and “education.”
Walmart has also declined to offer an extended “coronavirus bonus” to its employees facing the hazards of staffing its stores in the wake of the coronavirus epidemic, instead opting to hand out a one-time cash bonus, even as other major retailers accept their obligation to raise wages in light of the pandemic. Such an approach allows the PR-sensitive megacorporation, which was once criticized by the Left for its refusal to page a living wage to its employees, to appear virtuous while declining to properly pay its employees for the hazards they face.
It appears the local Tampa Bay Walmart affiliate is less thrilled about the results of the nationwide riot movement, openly cooperating with the police in hopes of getting back its stolen merchandise.
Democrats Introduce Expanded Background Check Legislation
Democrats are going to implement a background check which targets “extremism.”
Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy and California Congressman Mike Thompson brought forward legislation on March 2, 2021 that aims to broaden the federal background check system on firearms sales, according to a report by The Hill.
Under The Background Check Expansion Act, gun sales and purchases between all unlicensed sellers and buyers would be subject to a mandatory background check. The background checks would not be applicable for law enforcement officers, lending out firearms for the purpose of hunting, temporary transfers for self-defense, or family members gifting a firearm.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and 43 Senate Democrats have co-sponsored this bill. Thompson, who is the chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, reintroduced this legislation in the U.S. House
“For years, the bipartisan House-passed background checks bill languished in the Senate under Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. Now, with Senate Democrats in the Majority, we have the opportunity to act on this overwhelmingly popular, lifesaving legislation to protect American communities,” Schumer declared in a press release.
According to a CBS News report, President Joe Biden has repeatedly called on Congress to pass stiffer gun control laws. This gun control bill will not pass so easily given how it will need 10 Republican senators to vote in favor of it.
Against the backdrop of the January 6 storming of the Capitol, such a background check will likely feature provisions that target so-called “extremists.” The ruling class has routinely lumped average gun owners with domestic extremists and will most certainly use recent events to justify encroachments on people’s right to bear arms.
Biden is a veteran of the gun control movement, as evidenced by his sponsorship of the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990 and the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban. With Democrats in control of all branches of the federal government, they will certainly move to pass gun control. However, their success is not guaranteed due to moderate Democrats like Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema and West Virginia Joe Manchin not being completely receptive to radical gun control that could alienate them from their more right-wing constituents.
Nevertheless, the Left has shown that it’s willing to act regardless of the political context. Keeping this in mind, gun owners must be ready to beat back any kind of gun control coming from D.C. Such fights will allow the Right to rebuild its forces and make a splash in the 2022 midterms and the 2024 presidential race.
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