A Robert E. Lee statue that was removed from a Dallas park in 2017 has a new owner.
The bidder, known as “LawDude” bought it for $1,435,000 according to a report from CBS Dallas.
The Associated Press reported on the Lone Star Auctioneers Inc. website’s confirmation that online bidding for the sculpture ended on Wednesday, June 5, 2019.
This auction will allow the city to recoup the funds it spent to remove the statue, but should leave more money in the city’s coffers than before removal.
This statue removal was met with considerable backlash as CBS Dallas reported in 2017.
Right after the Dallas City Council took a vote to remove the statue, a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans was granted a restraining order that blocked the removal.
However, a judge threw out the restraining order that Hiram Patterson, the Sons of Confederate Veterans member in question, requested. The judge argued that Patterson hadn’t proven how the removal of the monument violated free speech rights nor could he prove that the City of Dallas removed it without respecting due process.
Statue removals are in vogue these days. BLP reported that activists are working to remove a John Calhoun statue from Marion Square in Charleston, South Carolina.
These statue removals efforts are part of a larger campaign to advance political correctness culture in America. By removing monuments, the Left is ensuring that any type of movement that is inspired by certain landmarks of American history will have trouble rallying its base.
A society that does not recognize its history is essentially rootless.
Minnesota Had Record Numbers of Concealed Carry Licenses Issued in 2020
Red or blue, Americans nationwide are getting strapped.
Gun sales have boomed all across America. And it’s not just the Red states. Blue states like Minnesota have also witnessed an increase in the number of concealed carry permits issued.
According to Valley News Live, over 96,000 permits were issued in 2020, which represented the highest number of permits issued since carry permits became legal in 2003. Furthermore, 2020’s numbers represented a twofold increase from 2019 in the number of permits issued.
Tom Knighton of Bearing Arms noted that roughly “400,000 permits have been issued in total in a state of just over 5.6 million people.”
The Valley News Live piece actually conceded that the increase in permits issued was largely the result of a “ rise in violent crime in the Twin Cities and the civil unrest that followed the death of George Floyd.”
Minneapolis was the epicenter of social unrest after the death of George Floyd in late May 2020. With calls to defund the police and irresponsible political leadership that refused to decisively crack down on crime, Minnesotans began to take matters into their own hands.
Gun owners are ultimately the most effective first responders in times of crisis and overall breakdowns of social order. Minnesota’s gun laws are actually quite strict, which has earned it dismal rankings in Guns & Ammo magazine’s rankings for Best States for Gun Owners (39th place) and Best States for Concealed Carry (37th place). Regardless of the sub-optimal gun policies, Minnesotans still instinctively understand the importance of the right to carry.
2020 was a big year for gun sales and showed that the right to bear arms still has a massive constituency of people that can be targeted and activated for future occasions. Serious Republican campaigns should recognize this trend and make targeting gun owners a major priority throughout their get out the vote programs.
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