On Thursday, April 2, 2020, Nancy Pelosi announced a new House select committee that would monitor the Trump administration’s response to the Wuhan Virus pandemic.
During a conference call with reporters, the House Speaker said House Majority Whip James Clyburn will be heading the panel.
Pelosi claims the committee, which will be comprised of Democrats and Republicans, will oversee the Trump administration’s management of the $2 trillion relief package and the government’s response as the pandemic continues.
. “We face a deadly virus and a battered economy with millions of Americans suddenly out of work,” Pelosi stated. “Congress has taken an important step in leading this crisis by passing three bills with over $2 trillion in emergency relief. We need to ensure those dollars are spent carefully and effectively.”
The speaker declared that the committee “will root out waste, fraud and abuse” and “protect against price-gouging, profiteering and political favoritism.” Additionally, it will try to guarantee that the U.S. response to the outbreak is “based on the best possible science” and the advice of leading health experts, Pelosi asserted.
Responding to Pelosi’s announcement, White House spokesman Steven Groves said President Donald Trump and the White House Wuhan Virus task force “are committing 100% of their time, energy, and resources to ending the current crisis.” He noted that “any attempt to politicize the crisis even before it has ended is dangerous.”
During a conference call with reporters on Thursday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy described the panel as redundant because of the oversight mechanisms that are already in place in the stimulus bill.
Trump has every reason to worry about this committee.
Given Clyburn’s history of race-baiting, it will likely be used as a way to attack Trump. After all, Clyburn has gone on record downplaying Trump’s economic policy successes in the black community.
The efforts will distract from the real matter at hand, China’s authoritarianism and use of the Wuhan Virus pandemic to consolidate its power.
Democrats would like to make this a debate about “racism’ and shift the discussion from globalism vs. nationalism
In the end, Americans are deprived of an actual policy debate that puts America First policies in the spotlight.
If Democrats Win, Will Guns Sales Go Through the Roof?
No matter who wins in 2020, the biggest story of this election cycle has been the record levels of gun sales. In a piece titled “Guns Sales Break Records With Gun Control Legislation Likely If Democrats Win”, Newsweek highlights the meteoric rise of gun sales in 2020 and how these sales will only go up under a Biden administration.
It’s likely that a Biden win on November 3, 2020 will give life to gun control measure such as universal background checks, assault weapons bans, and national gun buybacks. Scott Reeves of Newsweek noted that “coronavirus pandemic, urban riots and the likelihood of increased regulation if the Democrats win the White House, regain control of the Senate and hold the House” have led to the unprecedented firearms sales. A Biden win would only accelerate this trend, as people become frightened by the prospect of gun control.
Through September, background checks recorded by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) reached 28.826 million. This total surpassed 2019’s record of 28.369 million, representing a 28 percent increase, according to the FBI report. As of September 30, Illinois was leading the nation in background checks with 5.6 million. Reeves noted that other states such as Kentucky (2.364 million) checks, Texas (1.730 million), Florida (1.386 million), Indiana (1.203 million), California (1.187 million) and Pennsylvania (1.030 million), were also experiencing significant upticks in gun sales.
Since NICS came into effect on November 1998, a total of 361.830 million background checks for all purposes have been completed since the program began in November 1998.
Zogby Analytics provided some more data showing how enthusiastic Americans are about buying guns:
Zogby Analytics in Utica, New York found that the number of gun owners increased 3.9% between October 2019 and October 2020 to 31.3% of the population. The number of individuals in a household keeping a gun at home, work, vacation cottage or club for personal protection, hunting or target shooting increased 7% to 42.2% in the last year. Membership in the National Rifle Association, a gun rights advocacy group, increased 6% to 17.7% in the last year, Zogby’s polling found.
“While there is fierce debate in Washington D.C. and among voters about what certain types of guns and accessories constitute ‘assault weapons,’ adults in the U.S. are buying and keeping more guns,” Jonathan Zogby declared.
Josh Horwitz, executive director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, an anti-Second Amendment organization, is of the opinion that uncertainty brought about by the Wuhan virus pandemic, riots, and the election are contributing factors to the rise in gun sales.
“Typically, gun sales rise in times of fear,” he said to Newsweek. “We live in a time when there’s a lot of fear, including fear that there might be more gun regulation with a Democratic President and Democratic majorities in Congress. And, there’s been a lot of unrest.”
Americans actions speak louder than their words. Even if Joe Biden does the unthinkable (and the very unlikely) by winning on November 3, his administration will encounter stiff resistance from gun-owning Americans across the political spectrum.
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