Former State Representative Matt Rinaldi sharply criticized Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick in a recent piece for Texas Scorecard.
Rinaldi started off by recounting Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke declaration to take people’s AR-15s in the third presidential debate.
Like many observers, Rinaldi believes that “Beto shouldn’t worry gun owners. He holds no office, is at 1 percent in the polls, and will not be able to affect Texans’ gun rights in any material way in the foreseeable future.”
On the other hand, the former elected official argues that Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick “poses the biggest threat to Texas gun owners.”
He specifically alluded to Patrick’s push for universal background checks.
Rinaldi detailed what this proposal consists of:
Patrick wants to enact a law prohibiting private gun sales without a background check. While to a layperson this may seem innocuous, it would in practice remove Democrats’ most significant logistical barrier to confiscation by creating a gun registry.
He also highlighted the bureaucratic hoops that prospective gun owners must jump through:
That is, every purchaser of firearms going through a background check is required to fill out ATF Form 4473, which contains detailed information about the purchaser and the firearm purchased, including the type of weapon and serial number. The seller is required to keep the form on file for 20 years in the case of a completed sale and turn the forms over to the ATF if the seller goes out of business.
Unlike his establishment Republican colleagues, Rinaldi sees the bigger picture. He argues that a “law requiring background checks for such sales would create a complete record of firearm transfers—a registry—which is only a subpoena or congressional vote from the federal government’s possession.”
However, Patrick was not the only one who received criticism from Rinaldi. He declared that “Conservatives shouldn’t let Gov. Greg Abbott off the hook, either.”
Although Abbott’s “Safety Action Report” did not blatantly include a red flag or mandatory background check proposal, it is still “nuanced to leave the door open to Patrick’s plan.”
Rinaldi expanded on this:
Specifically, the report calls for “ways to make it easy, affordable, and beneficial for a private seller of firearms to voluntarily use background checks when selling firearms to strangers [emphasis mine].” The definition of the words “voluntary” and “beneficial” are unclear but extremely important. If, for example, the governor intends to make it “beneficial” to use a background check for private sales by imposing civil liability where one is not used, the background checks are not truly voluntary.
For the former Constitutional Carry champion, compromising on the Second Amendment “is a sure way to demoralize the GOP base, destroy the Republican brand, and turn Texas blue.”
Rinaldi concluded on a high note:
When a GOP official is asked, “What are we doing to protect the public?” the correct answer is: “The same thing we did to successfully reduce the murder rate by half in the past 30 years: giving the public the means to defend themselves and their families by encouraging lawful gun ownership.”
Even out of office, Rinaldi continues to be a vocal conservative in Texas.
With Texas’s rapidly changing political climate, conservative voices like him must hold Texas’ political class accountable.
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Wuhan Locals Actually Believe 42,000 People Likely Died in the China Virus Outbreak Not the 3,200 that the Communist Government Originally Claimed
According to a Daily Mail report, Wuhan locals assert that 42,000 people were killed during the China virus pandemic that started in the aforementioned city.
This is more than ten times the figures that government authorities put forward after the virus broke out.
Official reports had 3,300 people dead and over 81,000 infected.
On the other hand, Wuhan residents claim 500 urns have been sent to grieving families every day from seven separate funeral homes in the city.
In other words, the ashes of 3,500 people are sent out every 24 hours.
42,000 urns could be handed out in a 12-day period.
According to local media reports, the Hankou premises received two shipments of 5,000 urns in only two days.
This development comes as the province loosened its two-month lockdown of 50 million people.
People who had a “green” health certificate – which signifies that they have tested negative for the virus – were allowed to leave the province from midnight on March 25, the first time they were allowed to leave the region since January 23.
However, restrictions on travelling into and out of Wuhan will stay in effect until April 8, 2020.
According to the account of one resident in Wuhan that RFA reported on, the individual said ‘It can’t be right because the incinerators have been working round the clock, so how can so few people have died?’
A source close to authorities in Hubei province declared that many residents had died in their homes without receiving an official diagnosis.
Another resident claimed: “Maybe the authorities are gradually releasing the real figures, intentionally or unintentionally, so that people will gradually come to accept the reality.”
They asserted that the estimated figure was not exaggerated given that 28,000 cremations took place in one month.
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