In an article in The Daily Caller, legislative counsel of Gun Owners of America, Michael Hammond, warns that the Trump administration’s’ lackluster record on the Second Amendment could hurt Trump’s reelection chances in 2020.
Hammond references several events that have taken place in the last few weeks.
The GOA legislative counsel pointed to Attorney General William Barr’s “creation of a working group to consider ways to enforce the Lautenberg misdemeanor gun ban.”
In Hammond’s view, the Lautenberg ban is an ex post facto law “that was a major victory for gun control groups” and also “imposed a lifetime gun ban for a “crime” as minor as spanking your kid or spitting on your husband.
Some groups like Georgia Gun Owners argue that this law has denied more Americans their right to self-defense than any other piece of gun control legislation on the books.
The GOA representative also criticized the Trump administration’s bump stock ban which makes “roughly 500,000 bump stock owners” outlaws.
There are now talks of some Republicans trying to work with Democrats on certain gun control issues such as “red flag” gun confiscation orders.
BLP reported on Lindsey Graham’s efforts to craft a red flag bill along with anti-gun Senator Richard Blumenthal.
Hammond notes that caving in to gun control does Trump no good.
He argues that “the surest way for Trump to lose is for his supporters to assume that it is impossible for him to lose.”
In 2018, Democrats spent $5.4 billion in electing candidates. According to Hammond, “a flip of only 55,000 votes in 18 districts would have left control in the hands of the Republicans.”
In essence, Republicans could still win future elections thanks to these tight margins.
However, gun control appeasement might not be the smartest strategy to achieve that.
Hammond notes that supporting gun control will not “send students and suburban women flocking to him” because these groups already hate Trump as it is.
Because of this compromising, gun owners might decide to stay home, which in turn makes it harder for Trump and other Republicans to close the gap in certain competitive districts.
Apart from electoral implications, accepting gun control will only beget more gun control.
The Left is relentless and is never satisfied with gun control that is passed under Republicans’ watch.
Trump should at least stick to his nominally pro-gun platform and resist the urge of implementing any additional form of gun control.
In this case, doing nothing is the best course of action.
Leftists are Having a Meltdown Over Trump Potentially Winning Minnesota
Joshua Klein of Breitbart News reported on a leaked document that the conservative outlet obtained revealing a plan by radical leftist organizations to stoke up unrest in Minnesota after a potential Trump victory.
The group is gearing up for post-election disturbances and is planning to carry out “strategic disruption” on a large scale.
TakeAction Minnesota is leading the charge and is calling for leftists to get out on the streets according to a confidential document being passed around the group’s leadership. The document serves as an instruction manual for what leftists should do out on the streets in the next week.
“We believe that regardless of the strength of the Minnesota election system, mass mobilization will and must happen in Minnesota to defend democracy,” the leaked document stated.
“We expect that this mobilization will create space and opportunity for unrest, primarily in Minneapolis. In this context, the situation could rapidly spiral beyond control depending on the nature of the unrest and the State’s reaction.”
The group alluded to the right-wing, in addition to the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD), as potential actors who will incite or facilitate violence. In light of these facts, Minnesota leftist organizations must be ready for unrest according to the document’s advice.
“The possibility of right-wing violence is real, as is the possibility of MPD inciting or enabling violence,” the document declared. Further, it contended that the MPD is “either disengaged or instigating tension” since the “uprising” that kicked off in the aftermath of George Floyd.
TakeAction Minnesota was heavily involved in the mass movement after the death of George Floyd. They were one of the most vocal groups calling for the abolition of MPD and became a leader in the national push to “defund the police.” After the group made enough noise, a veto-proof majority of the Minneapolis City Council promised to dissolve the Police Department, while vowing to replace it with a new system of public safety.
Leftist groups in Minneapolis expect a wide range of possibilities on November 3 — unclear results, Trump refusing to accept the results, or a suspected case of election interference in the chance that Trump wins.
The document cites an alleged rise in “white nationalist organization and activity” which has generated “multiple nights of infiltrator terror that targeted Black and brown business corridors and nearby neighborhoods” during “the most recent uprisings.”
“It is possible Black churches may also become a target. St. Cloud and Duluth are also two cities to keep in mind given their proximity to large white nationalist geographies and demographic and ideological make-up,” the document cautioned. “Additionally, we know of white nationalist infiltration and organization at Greater Minnesota universities.”
One section titled “Theory of What Will Happen,” ends up predicting a contested election in Minnesota and other states. This section outlines the groups’ role to “support efforts by the State (led by the Governor, Attorney General and Secretary of State) to resolve the contest rapidly and to prevent right-wing vigilantes, with or without the support of local officials, from interfering with the certification of Minnesota’s electors by the ‘safe harbor’ date [December 8, the last day for states to resolve contested election results]” and “to prevent illegitimate Federal efforts to intervene on behalf of local right-wing groups.”
Should other states have disputed elections, the leftist organizations have vowed a swift response.
“Knowing that there may be energy to join nearby mass mobilizations, we may choose to host actions here to diminish the amount of out-of-state actors activating in that contest,” the document read. “For contests farther away, we will work to maintain public demand as asked to support their work and coordinated via national infrastructure.”
Election Day is quickly coming and Minnesota will be a key battleground state for people to watch. Trump barely lost it by 45,000 votes and as of now Biden is ahead by 48.0 to 43.3 on RealClearPolitics. Win or lose, Minnesota will remain a crucial state for a newly re-aligned GOP’s electoral strategy.
Trump must continue hammering away at his pro-law & order to ensure victory in this state and coast on to a resounding victory in the General Election.
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