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Homeless People Can Now Camp Out in Public Spaces Thanks to New Policy in Austin

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Beginning on July 1, homeless people can now squat and set up tents on public sidewalks legally according to a KENS5 report.

This moves comes 10 days after the city council decriminalized homelessness.

Prior to the change in this ordinance, it was illegal to site, lie, or camp in public. But starting this month, officers will only give tickets to individuals who block pathways. Additionally, the city council modified another provision of the ordinance that only punishes aggressive panhandlers.

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Naturally, this new change has stirred up controversy in Austin. Austin Mayor Steve Adler sees this measure as a step in the right direction on the issue of homelessness. However, conservative Governor Greg Abbott does not see eye to eye with the Austin mayor on the matter. In a tweet, Abbott expressed his concern about this change, which he believes could put public safety at risk.

Abbott even declared that “If Austin— or any other Texas city—permits camping on city streets it will be yet another local ordinance the State of Texas will override.”

Adler disagreed with Abbott’s threat stating that “I assume that someone on his staff really didn’t explain to him what it was that we did because we’ve been laser-focused on public safety and public health.”

The Austin mayor added, “Public streets are public streets. And the courts have said that if someone’s not causing a public safety risk or a public health hazard, that they have as much right to be there as anyone else.”

According to a 2018 report, there are more than 2,000 homeless people living in Austin.

Texan urban centers have taken a sharply progressive turn in the last few years.

BLP previously reported how the Dallas District Attorney John Creuzot is planning to no longer prosecute petty crimes.

These policies are typical of leftist bastions which exhibit certain features typical of failed states. These governments refuse to provide basic functions such as public order or defend property rights.

This creates a form of political chaos where the law-abiding are ultimately punished, while the criminals are rewarded for their misbehavior.

Austin is by far the most progressive urban center in Texas, but it is often a trend-setter, albeit in a bad way, for public policy that is adopted across the state.

Austin’s new homeless policy is one idea that other cities in Texas should completely avoid.

 

 

 

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Democrats Introduce Expanded Background Check Legislation

Democrats are going to implement a background check which targets “extremism.”

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Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy and California Congressman Mike Thompson brought forward legislation on March 2, 2021 that aims to broaden the federal background check system on firearms sales, according to a report by The Hill.

Under The Background Check Expansion Act,  gun sales and purchases between all unlicensed sellers and buyers would be subject to a mandatory background check. The background checks would not be applicable for law enforcement officers, lending out firearms for the purpose of hunting, temporary transfers for self-defense, or family members gifting a firearm. 

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and 43 Senate Democrats have co-sponsored this bill. Thompson, who is the chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, reintroduced this legislation in the U.S. House

“For years, the bipartisan House-passed background checks bill languished in the Senate under Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. Now, with Senate Democrats in the Majority, we have the opportunity to act on this overwhelmingly popular, lifesaving legislation to protect American communities,” Schumer declared in a press release.

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According to a CBS News report, President Joe Biden has repeatedly called on Congress to pass stiffer gun control laws. This gun control bill will not pass so easily given how it will need 10 Republican senators to vote in favor of it.

Against the backdrop of the January 6 storming of the Capitol, such a background check will likely feature provisions that target so-called “extremists.” The ruling class has routinely lumped average gun owners with domestic extremists and will most certainly use recent events to justify encroachments on people’s right to bear arms. 

Biden is a veteran of the gun control movement, as evidenced by his sponsorship of the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990 and the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban. With Democrats in control of all branches of the federal government, they will certainly move to pass gun control. However, their success is not guaranteed due to moderate Democrats like Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema and West Virginia Joe Manchin not being completely receptive to radical gun control that could alienate them from their more right-wing constituents.

Nevertheless, the Left has shown that it’s willing to act regardless of the political context. Keeping this in mind, gun owners must be ready to beat back any kind of gun control coming from D.C. Such fights will allow the Right to rebuild its forces and make a splash in the 2022 midterms and the 2024 presidential race. 

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