Former Republican Congressman Scott Rigell claims that Republicans have zero appetite to pass gun control.
A Buzzfeed story covers Rigell’s frustration with GOP leadership on the issue.
Rigell was in Congress from 2011 to 2017 representing an Eastern Virginia district.
He claims that Republicans “won’t move on gun control because they’re told not to politicize gun tragedy.”
Rigell told BuzzFeed News on Monday, August 5, 2019, “There was no appetite — zero — for advancing any substantive legislation like the legislation that I proposed with [Democratic Rep.] Elijah Cummings, even though it was very, in my view, benign.”
In the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, Rigel teamed up with Elijah Cummings to introduce the Gun Trafficking Prevention Act of 2013, which “would have made gun trafficking and straw purchases — buying a firearm with the intention of giving it to someone else — a federal crime.” However, the bill was not able to gain any traction as it died in the Republican-led House Judiciary subcommittee
The former congressman was attacked by the National Association for Gun Rights for his desire to push gun control.
Rigell commented on NAGR’s actions, saying that “You know they wanted to make a point out of me that anybody that works outside of their agenda, they’re going to stop supporting if not outright oppose them.”
He added, “There is an intense polarization, you’re either with us or against us. That’s the mindset.”
Despite Rigell’s complaints, Republicans have incrementally passed gun control at the federal level. For example, in 2018 the government passed Fix NICS, a bill which incentivizes local and state governments in addition to federal agencies to share records with the FBI in order to allegedly smooth out the background check process.
Fix NICS proponents argue that these tweaks would have deterred the Charleston Church and Sutherland Spring shootings, in which both shooters allegedly fell through the cracks of the background check system according to these elected officials.
The National Rifle Association supported Fix NICS. On the other hand, Gun Owners of America opposed this legislation arguing that it was the largest gun control expansion at the federal level since the passage of the Brady Act in 1993. Fix NICS was passed into a massive spending bill in 2018.
And that wasn’t all.
Trump’s Justice Department effectively re-wrote the law by reclassifying “bump-stock devices” as “machine guns” under the National Firearms Act of 1934 and the Gun Control Act of 1968. It used the argument that these “devices allow a shooter of a semiautomatic firearm to initiate a continuous firing cycle with a single pull of the trigger.”
Americans who possessed these accessories were given 90 days to destroy them and turn them in to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.
Even after the El Paso and Dayton shootings, Republicans ae pushing for “red flag” gun confiscation orders.
Former Republican Governor, now U.S. Senator Rick Scott, got the ball rolling when he signed red flag legislation into law in 2018 after the Parkland massacre.
Given the GOPs growing complacency on the issue and their desire to stay in good graces with the media, Rigell’s complaints might actually be addressed in the long-term.
This would be bad news for gun owners.
Hispanic UFC Fighter Jorge Masvidal to Join Donald Trump Jr. in “Fighters Against Socialism” Bus Tour
UFC Welterweight fighter Jorge Masvidal announced on September 29, 2020 that he would be joining Donald Trump Jr. for a day long “Fighters Against Socialism” that will take place in Florida on October 3.
ESPN MMA journalist Ariel Helwani provided more details on this development:
“Jorge Masvidal will join Donald Trump Jr. on a day long “Fighters Against Socialism” bus tour across Florida this Saturday. They will hold 3 rallies in Tampa, Orlando and Miami. Their final rally will be at the American Top Team gym where they expect numerous fighters to join.”
Jorge Masvidal will join Donald Trump Jr. on a day long "Fighters Against Socialism" bus tour across Florida this Saturday. They will hold 3 rallies in Tampa, Orlando and Miami. Their final rally will be at the American Top Team gym where they expect numerous fighters to join.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) September 29, 2020
The fighter himself commented on this news, declaring “The anti communism bus tour will be arriving at a city near you #supernecessary.”
— Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) September 29, 2020
Unlike other sports leagues, the UFC has uniquely positioned itself by not adopting the woke antics of leagues such as the NFL and NBA.
Masvidal is a veteran of MMA promotions such as Strikeforce, Bellator, and the UFC. He is currently fighting under the UFC banner and holds a record of 35-14. According to MMA website Sherdog, he is currently ranked in 4th place . Similarly, he is ranked in 4th place according to the UFC’s rankings.
The Welterweight fighter currently owns the record for the fastest knockout in UFC history, after he knocked out Ben Askren with a flying knee five seconds into the first round. Additionally, Masvidal won the “BMF” championship against Nate Diaz in 2019 after he battered Diaz and forced a technical knockout via doctor stoppage.
Masvidal fought current welterweight champion Kamaru Usman on less than a week’s notice for the UFC Welterweight Championship at UFC 251, after he replaced the original challenger Gilbert Burns, who tested positive for the Wuhan virus. Before the fight took place, Masvidal signed a multi-fight contract with the UFC. Masvidal ended up losing the fight via unanimous decision.
Nevertheless, the card reportedly netted 1.3 million pay-per-view buys in America.
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