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Fort Worth Mayor Demands Gun Control

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Texas Scorecard reports that Forth Worth Mayor Betsy Price is joining other mayors and local officials in Texas in calling for stricter gun control legislation.

Price wrote, “I join Mayor of El Paso – Dee Margo, alongside more than 200 other U.S. Mayors, in calling for the Senate to vote on two pieces of legislation that would strengthen background checks and close serious loopholes for gun sales.”

On Price’s Facebook page, she posted a letter that the United States Conference of Mayors sent to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. This letter urged them to pass two gun control bills in the House which would “greatly strengthen the background check system.”

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As much as elected officials want to save people from gun violence, research shows that gun control is not effective in reducing gun violence. John Lott of the Crime Prevention Research Center argues that background checks are not effective in curbing gun violence. Last year, Lott wrote an op-ed for The New York Times arguing that the current “background check system confuses the names of law-abiding individuals with those of criminals, resulting in thousands of ‘false positives’ every year.”

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The gun researcher notes that there were over 370,000 gun purchase denials triggered by the background check system from 2006 to 2010. Federal authorities only prosecuted 460 of them, and of those prosecuted, 209 led to convictions

Lott asked an important question:

Why didn’t more of those denials lead to perjury prosecutions?

He added, “According to my analysis, the reason is simple: A high percentage of cases are dropped because the applicant was wrongly denied clearance to buy a gun.”

Indeed, these uncomfortable facts call into question politicians’ impulsive desires to immediately “do something” after these tragedies.

After all, careful research shows that red flag laws have been around for some time in certain states such as Connecticut. In this state’s case, the law was passed in 1999. However, it proved futile in stopping a madman from committing a massacre at Sandy Hook.

The issue of tackling gun violence is not as simple as passing gun control laws.

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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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