UPDATE: The Trump Department of Justice said Friday that it will continue to seek justification for the Citizenship Question if and when the Commerce Department finds a new rationale consistent with the Supreme Court’s ruling.
President Donald Trump said Friday outside the White House that he is considering putting the Citizenship Question on the Census by executive order.
Trump’s DOJ — which re-committed itself to the citizenship question — will reportedly have to make it clear to a judge by 2 PM how they plan on proceeding with their fight to get the citizenship question onto the Census.
Trump jetted off from Washington on Air Force One and headed to New Jersey Friday following his Salute to America — replete with tanks — in our nation’s capital on the Fourth of July. Trump referred to the “Obama-Biden” mess as the 2020 campaign heats up, with Joe Biden the likely challenger to Trump in the general election.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) July 5, 2019
Minnesota Had Record Numbers of Concealed Carry Licenses Issued in 2020
Red or blue, Americans nationwide are getting strapped.
Gun sales have boomed all across America. And it’s not just the Red states. Blue states like Minnesota have also witnessed an increase in the number of concealed carry permits issued.
According to Valley News Live, over 96,000 permits were issued in 2020, which represented the highest number of permits issued since carry permits became legal in 2003. Furthermore, 2020’s numbers represented a twofold increase from 2019 in the number of permits issued.
Tom Knighton of Bearing Arms noted that roughly “400,000 permits have been issued in total in a state of just over 5.6 million people.”
The Valley News Live piece actually conceded that the increase in permits issued was largely the result of a “ rise in violent crime in the Twin Cities and the civil unrest that followed the death of George Floyd.”
Minneapolis was the epicenter of social unrest after the death of George Floyd in late May 2020. With calls to defund the police and irresponsible political leadership that refused to decisively crack down on crime, Minnesotans began to take matters into their own hands.
Gun owners are ultimately the most effective first responders in times of crisis and overall breakdowns of social order. Minnesota’s gun laws are actually quite strict, which has earned it dismal rankings in Guns & Ammo magazine’s rankings for Best States for Gun Owners (39th place) and Best States for Concealed Carry (37th place). Regardless of the sub-optimal gun policies, Minnesotans still instinctively understand the importance of the right to carry.
2020 was a big year for gun sales and showed that the right to bear arms still has a massive constituency of people that can be targeted and activated for future occasions. Serious Republican campaigns should recognize this trend and make targeting gun owners a major priority throughout their get out the vote programs.
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