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.
Airbnb CEO Says Wuhan Virus Will Fundamentally Transform Domestic Travel
Post-pandemic America will not look the same.
Brian Chesky, the CEO of Airbnb, said to Reuters on January 14, 2021 that domestic travel patterns will not revert to pre-Wuhan virus pandemic standards.
In a Zoom call with Jonathan Weber, the global technology editor for Reuters, Chesky said that business travel will move towards leisure travel due to the fact that software like Zoom facilitates teleconferencing at unprecedented rates.
Furthermore, Chesky speculates that people won’t be visiting America’s largest cities as much as before, nor will they stay at crowded hotels. Instead, he believes that “many people will travel by car – some will travel by plane – and they’re going to travel to thousands of smaller communities. And many of these communities are going to be smaller cities and or even rural areas.”
Additionally, the Airbnb CEO notes that “farm stays are huge right now” and that national parks travel will become a major trend among travelers in the upcoming months. The latter will grow, in Chesky’s view, because most Americans have not visited such parks.
According to an Airbnb survey, 54% of Americans have plans of traveling in 2021 or they’re in the process of planning out their trips for the summer. Chesky asserted that travelers are “yearning for what was taken away from them.” He added, “they’re not yearning to see Times Square. What they are yearning to do is to see their friends and their families they have not seen in a long time.”
Tyler Durden of ZeroHedge raised an interesting point about this change in Americans’ travel patterns:
If Chesky is right about the significant travel shift, the hotel industry could be slated for a massive wave of bankruptcies and or consolidation to a degree never before seen.
Regardless, Americans are getting tired of the Wuhan virus lockdowns. Millions of Americans have had their freedoms infringed upon thanks to politicians who want to exploit a generalized crisis for their own gain.
If Republicans were smart, they would be unapologetically campaigning for their states to be reopened. Americans want to go back to their normal lives and engage in activities such as travel, which the political class has deprived them of.
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