In the next few months, one of the most important Second Amendment cases since D.C. v. Heller could be heard by the Supreme Court.
All eyes are on N.Y. Rifle & Pistol Association v. City of New York. Cody Wisniewski of The Federalist detailed what’s at stake.
New York City has some of the strictest gun control laws in the country. Current law, for instance, prohibits licensed handgun owners from transporting their handguns outside city limits. (Yes, New York City really does prohibit this.) Handgun owners are considered criminals if they merely bring a handgun to a shooting range in the next town for a round of target practice.
With this case potentially moving to the Supreme Court, NYC political officials are asking the Court to delay the case so that they can amend the law in question.
Although the Supreme Court denied these officials’ request to put the N.Y. Rifle case on hold, that does not necessarily mean that the Supreme Court has to actually decide the case.
Wisniewski notes the following:
If NYC officials successfully amend the challenged regulation, the Supreme Court could decide that there is no longer a current regulation to overturn, and therefore no need to decide the case.
“In Heller, the Supreme Court overturned D.C.’s unconstitutional handgun ban, and in McDonald, the court found Chicago’s nearly identical ban to be equally unconstitutional,” Wisniewski stated.
In both cases, the Supreme Court determined that Second Amendment is a natural right “that exists independent of the Constitution and Bill of Rights.” Most importantly, the Supreme Court drew out the method “for lower courts apply in all Second Amendment cases.”
In other words, many local municipalities and lower courts are in clear violation of the Second Amendment and have not fully respected the court’s decision.
This case is particularly important for a state like New York, which is ranked dead last according to Guns & Ammo magazine. Its state government is unresponsive on most gun rights issues, so it will likely take court action to restore certain Second Amendment freedoms in the Empire State.
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U.S. Intelligence Reports that China Hid the Extent of the Wuhan Virus Outbreak
According to a Bloomberg report, China has not been forthcoming about the extent of the Wuhan Virus in its country.
It has apparently, under-reported “both total cases and deaths it’s suffered from the disease, the U.S. intelligence community concluded in a classified report to the White House, according to three U.S. officials.”
The officials requested to stay anonymous because the report is confidential and declined to give further details about its contents. The main takeaway though is “that China’s public reporting on cases and deaths is intentionally incomplete. Two of the officials said the report concludes that China’s numbers are fake.”
The White House received this report last week, according to one of the aforementioned officials.
The pandemic originated in China’s Hubei province in late 2019, but the country has officially reported only about 82,000 cases and 3,300 deaths, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University. America, on the other hand, has 189,000 cases and more than 4,000 deaths which is allegedly the largest publicly and reported outbreak in the world.
“The reality is that we could have been better off if China had been more forthcoming,” Vice President Mike Pence said on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 on CNN. “What appears evident now is that long before the world learned in December that China was dealing with this, and maybe as much as a month earlier than that, that the outbreak was real in China.”
China imposed one of the strictest lockdowns of all nations afflicted by this pandemic. However, the Chinese government has not been transparent about its recording strategies and is constantly changing its methods for recording cases.
Republicans have been skeptical of the numbers coming out of Beijing.
“The claim that the United States has more coronavirus deaths than China is false,” declared Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse. “Without commenting on any classified information, this much is painfully obvious: The Chinese Communist Party has lied, is lying, and will continue to lie about coronavirus to protect the regime.”
U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo has called on China to be transparent about their outbreaks.
“This data set matters,” he said during a news conference in Washington on March 31, 2020. The development of medical treatments and public-health measures to combat the virus “so that we can save lives depends on the ability to have confidence and information about what has actually transpired,” he asserted.
The Wuhan Virus pandemic illustrates the pitfalls of globalism and global integration at all costs.
When authoritarian regimes like China are treated like equals on the international stage in terms of trade and migration, Western countries could be susceptible to demographic displacement, national security breaches, viral outbreaks, and corporate espionage.
This sage may be the wake-up call the West needs in trying to socially distance itself from China.
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