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.
As the U.S. Elections Approaches, Thousands of Immigrants are Gaining U.S. Citizenship
America’s foreign voter base continues to grow ahead of the 2020 presidential election.
John Binder of Breitbart News noted that this is “adding a bloc of first-time foreign-born voters to the electorate.”
The last few months has seen delays in naturalization ceremonies thanks to the Wuhan virus pandemic. As of June, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) agency restarted ceremonies, with 2,000 immigrants being naturalized according to a report published by Camila DeChalus on June 10.
Other immigrants, who were expected to receive citizenship in 2020, are now pressing legal action against the federal government.
Prior to the crisis, USICS was naturalizing immigrants to the tune of 60,000 monthly.
Binder broke down the overall legal migration numbers:
Legal immigration levels — where 1.2 million immigrants secure Green Cards and nearly a million obtain naturalized citizenship annually — has driven up the nation’s foreign-born voting population to record levels.
The Breitbart writer highlighted another demographic trend that is taking place across America:
In February, Pew Research Center revealed that for the first time since 1970, one-in-ten U.S. voters will have been born outside the country in the 2020 election. High legal immigration levels have also ensured that Hispanic voters will replace black Americans as the largest voting minority for the first time in U.S. history.
According to research from The Atlantic, the New York Times, and Axios, Democrats tend to benefit from an increased foreign-born population.
Binder gave an overview about what these foreign voter numbers look like:
The Atlantic‘s Ronald Brownstein reveals nearly 90 percent of House congressional districts with a foreign-born population above the national average are won by Democrats. This means every congressional district with a foreign-born population exceeding 14 percent has a 90 percent chance of electing Democrats and only a ten percent chance of electing a Republican.
Exit polling data indicated that Trump won 49 percent of native-born Americans’ votes, whereas Clinton won 45 percent of the vote. As far as foreign voters were concerned, Clinton trounced Trump by raking in 64 percent of the immigrant vote, while Trump got only 31 percent.
At the moment, the Binder points out that the “U.S. is on track to import about 15 million new foreign-born voters in the next two decades due to existing legal immigration levels.”
Those 15 million new foreign-born voters include about eight million who will arrive through chain migration, where newly naturalized citizens can bring an unlimited number of foreign relatives to the country.
The U.S. is undergoing a massive demographic transformation thanks to public policy.
In previous eras, migration waves would at least be contained by legislative pauses that allowed for assimilation.
But now, elites are content by keeping the illegal and legal migration gravy train going without any pause in sight.
Given immigrant voting trends, many freedoms such as the right to bear arms and free speech could be in jeopardy thanks to Democrats gaining a new voting bloc that will help them stay in power for a long time.
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