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North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper Wants Gun Control After UNCC Shooting

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After the University of North Carolina-Charlotte campus shooting, North Carolia’s Governor Roy Cooper is looking at passing gun control.

The Washington Times reports that the North Carolina governor “has vowed to take a hard look at how to keep guns away from universities and schools after a fatal shooting at a campus.”

The UNCC shooting on April 30, 2019 witnessed a gunman kill two people and wound four others.

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Cooper stated that students shouldn’t walk into class with fears, nor should their parents be afraid of their kids being in danger while at school.

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The governor stated that this “violence has to stop.”

However, Cooper did not provide much in the way of specifics outside of mentioning how he would review “everything involved in the shooting and work on ways to prevent others from happening.”

Earlier this year, North Carolina Democrats introduced a gun control package featuring universal background checks, high-capacity magazine bans, and bump stock bans on the first year anniversary of the Parkland massacre. This massacre catalyzed a massive push for gun control across America.

In North Carolina, however, Cooper faces great challenges in passing gun control with Republicans in firm control of both chambers of the North Carolina General Assembly.

 

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Texas Political Establishment Attempts to Derail Shelley Luther’s Campaign

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The special election for Texas’ Senate District 30 is on pace to be one of the most heated races in the Lone Star State.

At a candidate forum on September 18, 2020, Shelley Luther, the Dallas salon owner who was jailed for opening her business in defiance of Governor Greg Abbott’s shutdown order, confronted outgoing State Senator Pat Fallon.

Fallon vacated his seat and is now backing a successor in State Representative Drew Springer.

“We don’t want somebody who’s going to be at odds with our Republican governor,” Fallon said September 18 at the Grayson County Republican Women’s Club.

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Fallon added:

I didn’t support some of the things that he has done about opening up. … So, he’s made some mistakes. He’s our Republican governor, the 80/20 rule … because you’re not going to get any bills passed unless the governor signs them.

“Let me make something clear. I am accountable to my fellow citizens in Senate District 30. Not our Governor,” Luther responded on September 19 on Facebook:

This is exactly what is wrong with Austin. Our politicians are more loyal to Abbott than us, even when they disagree with him.

I will work with Governor Abbott when he is fighting to protect the liberty of Texans, and I will oppose him when he pushes unilateral dictates that shut down our local businesses.

Fallon and Luther had a tense exchange, which was caught on video.

“You want me to go all in on this race?” Fallon questioned Luther. “I have been 5 percent in on this race. You want me to go all in on it, I’m welcome to.”

“This has become a straight-up fight between Abbott and the ‘Kumbaya’ Professional Political Class vs. the grassroots and people who remember what limited government and principles should look like,” opined conservative activist Mike Openshaw.

“Respectfully, being willing to be jailed for fighting over-reaching government shows principle; that counts for something, Patrick,” Openshaw continued.

Luther has recently received endorsements from conservative Collin County Judge Chris Hill and Young Conservatives of Texas. Springer, on the other hand, received an endorsement from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which asserted that Luther was going down a “far right” path.

A Republican is expected to carry the senate district, which may still require a runoff if the leading candidate does not get enough votes during the first round of the special election.

Election Day will be on September 29.

Luther is viewed as the truly conservative option and many believe she could help break the political status quo in Austin that has kept conservative legislation from ever being passed.

 

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