Former State House Representative Matt Rinaldi has strong words for Texas leaders in the U.S. Senate and the Texas GOP.
Rinaldi made a name for himself during his time in office (2014-2018) as one of the most conservative legislators in the Texas State legislature. He was one of the most pro-gun elected officials in the Lone Star State and frequently teamed up with outgoing State Representative Jonathan Stickland to sponsor Constitutional Carry.
Unlike most Republicans in the nation, Rinaldi stood strongly behind his pro-gun principles after the El Paso and Dayton mass shootings.
BLP reached out to him to get his thoughts on his fellow Republicans who are considering red flag laws as a means to curb future mass shootings.
Rinaldi stated that “I’m dismayed at Republicans who are talking about implementing red flag laws.”
He emphasized that these laws “Remove a constitutional right without due process” and can be abused by political opportunists on the Left. The former state representative astutely observed how people on Facebook can already “Report you for an idea that you don’t like” and how this could apply to red flag laws. Rinaldi described these laws as a “New way to target conservatives.”
Additionally, Rinaldi believes that these kinds of laws can put police in danger and can lead to lethal encounters such as the one in Maryland last year.
On the topic of federal gun control, Rinaldi wants Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn to stand up for gun owners and resist any temptation to pass gun control. He stated, “I think that Ted Cruz and John Cornyn should take a stand against it [red flag legislation] at the federal level.”
Unlike other GOP officials, Rinaldi believes that the Texas GOP should be the party that “champions gun rights” because of its constitutionality and “how increased gun rights results in increased public safety.”
He notes how gun homicides have gone down substantially since the 1990s, a period which saw the relaxation of concealed carry laws and increased gun ownership across the nation.
Although he’s out of office, Rinaldi remains a strong voice for conservative values in the North Dallas area.
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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