On Wednesday, February 28, 2019, Oklahoma became the 15th Constitutional Carry state with Governor Kevin Stitt’s signing of House Bill 2597.
By signing HB 2597, Oklahoma now joins Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wyoming, and Vermont as the only states in the country that treat the Second Amendment as an individual’s carry permit.
Two attempts were all that Oklahoma needed to restore gun rights. Previous Governor Mary Fallin vetoed Constitutional Carry against the Oklahoma state legislature’s will.
Following Constitutional Carry’s disappointing demise in 2018, Stitt campaigned on making it a point to sign Constitutional Carry into law and he delivered accordingly.
However, Stitt had plenty of support on the ground.
State Senator Natham Dahm has been a fervent Constitutional Carry champion in the Oklahoma legislature over the past few years.
Dahm made his constitutionalist views clear:
“The core function of government should be protecting fundamental rights.”
The Senator then commented:
“It is encouraging to see the Legislature pass bills that restore our rights.”
With gun control gaining a second wind in state legislatures across the nation following the Las Vegas shooting, Oklahoma’s decision to restore gun rights is a welcome development.
Not all is doom and gloom in the United States.
There are plenty of fights like Constitutional Carry where liberty-lovers can make a difference.
The U.S. has a federalist system for a reason. Our states legislatures and municipalities are where we can get good policies implemented when the federal government lags behind.
The battle to restore gun rights starts locally. There is no reason for us to remain on the sidelines any longer.
Fox News Ratings Crater, Trailing CNN and MSNBC for First Time in 21 Years
A brutal collapse over the past two-and-a-half months.
Recent data from Nielsen shows that Fox News finished behind both CNN and MSNBC in ratings to open the month of January.
This is the first time in twenty-one years that that has happened, according to Daily Wire.
Nielsen’s ratings data shows that CNN finished number one among cable news networks with approximately 2.8 million viewers per day from January 4 through January 10, including 4.2 million in primetime.
MSNBC came in second with 2.3 million viewers per day and 3.8 million in primetime. And in third was Fox News with 1.7 million viewers per day and 3.2 million in primetime.
This is tough data for the conservative-leaning network. Over the past couple decades Fox has become accustomed to completely dominating the ratings, oftentimes receiving more viewership than CNN and MSNBC combined. Several factors contribute to the fall of Fox, including but not limited to:
- The death of Roger Ailes in 2017 and subsequent changes in network leadership
- Their disastrous Election Night coverage on November 3
- Donald Trump’s loss to Joe Biden
- An ostensible effort to distance themselves from Trump
- A real or perceived softening of their conservatism in general
- Trump’s public irritation with the network, to the point of telling people to migrate over to Newsmax and One America News Network (OANN)
Fox News has recently announced lineup changes as well. This is standard practice in the cable news industry and may not have much to do with their suffering ratings, though there’s a likely possibility that it does. Fox will be adding an hour-long opinion show in place of Martha MacCallum’s news show “The Story,” which had fallen behind both CNN and MSNBC’s 7pm timeslots after a stretch of being “comfortably ahead in ratings.” The network will also shuffle some of their daytime lineup.
As Joe Biden works through his first 100 days as president, it will be interesting to see how Fox News continues to perform, not only in comparison with CNN and MSNBC, but also with OANN and Newsmax.
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