Amid the COVID-19 shutdowns, Liberty University made the decision to allow students back on campus. This action has resulted in the University being blasted by Left media and politicians.
The private Lynchburg, VA University has taken backlash from the Mayor, Treney Tweedy, who said,
“I am concerned for the students, faculty and employees at Liberty University, and I am also very concerned for the residents of the Lynchburg community…. I believe it was a reckless decision to bring students back on campus….”
Vox called the decision a possible “public healthcare disaster in the making.”
Jamelle Bouie of the NY Times instsed that the elderly population of Virginia were being put at risk. He said, “14.4 percent of everyone in Lynchburg…is over the age of 65, if you want a sense of how many people Jerry Falwell Jr. is putting at risk.”
14.4 percent of everyone in Lynchburg — about 12,000 people — is over the age of 65, if you want a sense of how many people Jerry Falwell Jr. is putting at risk. https://t.co/b1UisuEELk
— b-boy bouiebaisse (@jbouie) March 24, 2020
The Washington Post pretended as if Liberty University was breaking the law.
They stated, “Northam has since limited public and private gatherings to 10 people. But the school pressed ahead with a decision to allow students to continue to live on campus if they choose….”
None of these criticism make any sense once you understand the explanation from and preautions being taken by Liberty University.
Jerry Fallwell explained the rationale in bringing students back. He says that their goal was to get students back as soon as possible to prevent them from traveling around.
They explained further, in a public letter, saying,
The Central Virginia Health District came to Liberty yesterday…for an unannounced inspection, and they did not find Liberty in violation of any of the State of Virginia’s Executive Order 53….
As Jim Bowles, the Environmental Health Manager for the CVHD stated: “All operations appeared to be in compliance with the Governor’s emergency order…. We observed that all operations were carry-out only, no seating was provided, and onsite security guards…were limiting the number of customers in line to 10.”
This is all confirmed in a recording put out by Jon Harris of Worldview Conversations. He tweeted out a short video tour of the Liberty University campus, pointing out the many precautions being taken.
Liberty University is getting pummeled for “recklessly” allowing students back on campus. Here’s what’s really going on! https://t.co/zxbK9hxFrZ
— Jon Harris (@worldviewconvos) March 25, 2020
In one area, Harris shows that all of the seating was blocked off, mainly because their just aren’t that many students on campus.
For the most part, the students at the University are those who live on campus. They often don’t have anywhere else to go or don’t want to go home and risk contact with even more people when they should be limiting such contact.
Harris also points out the numerous signs in each area (some enormous is size) informing students of mandatory social distancing and to limit gatherings to nine or fewer.
From overturned chairs that remind students not to sit next to one another, to numerous security gaurds enforcing policies (which Harris says students are abiding by voluntarily anyway), it’s clear that safety is of the utmost concern.
The list of precautions goes on and on, completely debunking the narrative and fear-mongering being spread by many media outlets. Criticizing Liberty University for allowing students back on campus is about as absurd as criticizing apartment complexes for not kicking all of their tenets off the property.
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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