On the first anniversary of the Parkland shooting, gun controllers in North Carolina have rolled out their anti-gun agenda.
Several anti-gun Democrats filed an omnibus gun control bill, marketed as the Gun Violence Protection Act, which includes universal background checks, high-capacity magazine bans, bump stock bans, and raising the age to buy so-called “assault weapons” from 18 to 21.
Rep. Marcia Morey, D-Durham, lamented the fact that lawmakers have to something on this tragic anniversary:
“It’s sad we have to be here on Valentine’s Day in remembrance of what happened a year ago in Parkland.
Additionally, Morey sees gun violence as a national problem rather than one confined to Parkland, Florida:
“It’s not just Parkland. It’s not just mass shootings. It happens in our communities every day.”
Previous attempts at gun control have not made progress in North Carolina’s Republican-dominated General Assembly in the past few years.
Rep. Pricey Harrison, D-Guilford, who has religiously filed gun control bills since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012, voiced her frustration with gun control’s lack of progress in North Carolina. Harrison argues that the “state has gone the exact opposite direction” on gun control matters.
And gun control remains dead in the water with Republicans still in control of the North Carolina Assembly.
However, GOP House members went on offense earlier this week when they filed their own gun omnibus bill filled with Constitutional Carry provisions. By introducing Constitutional Carry, they are at least shifting the discussion toward more gun rights.
Nevertheless, gun controllers will press on with their gun-grabbing schemes. They’re playing the long-game, and understand that relentlessly pushing for gun control will pay dividends once another mass shooting breaks out.
This was on display after the Parkland shooting, when a solid GOP state like Florida bowed down to anti-gun pressure when it passed SB 7026 which enacted red flag provisions, raised the age to buy a firearm to 21, and imposed a three-day waiting period for all firearms purchases.
The good news is that North Carolina Republicans understand that the best defense is offense.
To defeat gun control once and for all, bad bills must be killed and good legislation like Constitutional Carry must be passed.
Here’s Where Hispanics Will Play a Decisive Role in the 2020 Elections
In 2020, Hispanics will leave their mark in presidential elections.
During the present election cycle, Hispanics will be the country’s largest ethnic minority in a U.S. presidential contest. 32 million Hispanics will be expected to cast their ballots in the 2020 presidential election. They will make up 13.3 percent of all eligible voters. That said, the number of Hispanic eligible voters is significantly lower than the 60 million Hispanics who live in the country.
Nationally speaking, 62 percent of Hispanic registered voters identify with or lean towards the Democratic Party On the other hand, 34 percent hold similar inclinations with the Republican Party.
Pew Research Center highlighted five key facts about the geographic distribution of the Latino vote for the 2020 presidential election:
Here are five facts about the geography of Latino voters for the upcoming 2020 presidential election:
1 Two-in-three Latino eligible voters live in just five states. California alone holds roughly a quarter of the nation’s Latino electorate, with 7.9 million Latino eligible voters. Texas is second with 5.6 million, followed by Florida (3.1 million), New York (2.0 million) and Arizona (1.2 million).
2 Latinos make up the highest share of eligible voters in New Mexico (43%). The other top states are California (30%), Texas (30%), Arizona (24%) and Florida (20%).
3 Texas’ 20th Congressional District is home to 359,000 Latino eligible voters, the highest number of any congressional district in the country. Texas’ 16th, 34th and 23rd districts, and Florida’s 26th District, round out the top five, each with at least 321,000 Latino eligible voters.
4 California’s 40th District has the nation’s highest share (80%) of Latinos among its eligible voter population. Texas is home to the next four highest districts, where at least seven-in-ten eligible voters in each are Latino: the 34th District (79%), 16th District (77%), 15th District (73%) and the 28th District (71%).
In 26 congressional districts, Latinos represent at least half of all eligible voters. Most are in California (11 districts) and Texas (eight districts). Florida (25th, 26th and 27th districts), Arizona (3rd and 7th districts), New York (15th District) and Illinois (4th District) also are home to congressional districts that meet this threshold.
5 Only about half of the nation’s 60 million Hispanics are eligible to vote – the smallest share of any racial or ethnic group. While the Hispanic population has grown rapidly in recent decades, many are not eligible voters. More than other racial or ethnic groups, many Hispanics are young (18.6 million are under 18 years old) or non-citizen adults (11.3 million, more than half of whom are unauthorized immigrants).
Hispanics will be one of the key constituents that will play a huge role in American politics from here on out. Despite all the media hype about them being a reliable bloc vote because of the GOP’s supposedly tough stances on immigration restriction, many Hispanics do in fact support tighter controls on immigration. Additionally, in certain crucial swing states such as Florida, Hispanics are beginning to head on over to the Republican side.
Trump’s national populism, not Hispandering, is key in making sure that Democrats don’t turn the Hispanic vote into a dominate segment of its coalition. All things considered, Hispanics will play a pivotal role in leading Donald Trump to victory on November 3.
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