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Pro-gun Confiscation Group Receives a Wuhan Virus Handout

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Last week one of the premier anti-Second Amendment groups received a sizeable Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan.

According to the Washington Free Beacon, Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence “received between $350,000 and $1 million on April 10 to support 41 employees, according to the Small Business Administration.”

Interestingly, Brady’s political branch, Brady PAC spent a cool $4 million to help get former Vice President Joe Biden and other pro-gun control candidates elected. In a time when humbler small business operations are going under, Brady was still able to receive government aid.

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Sure, goes to show where D.C.’s priorities are.

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Liam Sullivan, a spokesman for the Brady Center, defended his organization’s decision to turn to the government for help, claiming that the pandemic dented the organization’s funding. Additionally, the pandemic caused the Brady Center to scrap fundraising events and even its annual gala.

“Like other nonprofits, the Brady Center is funded by giving and fundraising events, both of which obviously have been impacted and will be impacted for the foreseeable future,” he remarked. “We just applied and were approved, obviously, under the same sort of criteria as others with concerns for payroll.”

The Free Beacon noted how there is a strong chance that the government aid could be used by Brady for electoral purposes:

Sullivan also emphasized that the Brady Center and Brady PAC are legally separate groups and the Brady Center is not involved in election spending. It is, however, common for money to be moved between aligned organizations like the Brady Center, Campaign, and PAC. Federal records show the Brady PAC paid the Brady Campaign more than $50,000 for use of its staff and travel reimbursements in April, and the Brady Center reported owing the Brady Campaign more than $1.1 million in 2015.

Furthermore, SBA documents revealed that other anti-Second Amendment groups have received aid from the PPP program, which was allegedly created to help small businesses keep their doors open during the Wuhan virus shutdowns.

The Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence was able to receive a loan between $150,000 and $350,000 at the end of April in order to meet payment obligations for its employees. Giffords unveiled a national tour in support of anti-gun candidates that is being led by the advocacy wing of its organization. The group announced it plans on spending a “six figure sum in online engagement” on the tour.

“This is the year we will elect a gun safety majority in the Senate,” former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords declared in a statement.

However, on the pro-gun side of the aisle, no prominent organizations were able to receive loans. Free Beacon highlighted the following:

A Free Beacon review of the Small Business Administration records did not find listings for PPP loans given to prominent gun-rights groups, though the disclosures only include loans of more than $150,000. The National Rifle Association, which has struggled during the pandemic and even had to lay off a significant number of staff members, confirmed that none of its arms had taken any PPP loans.

Similarly, Alan Gottlieb, the chairman of the Citizens’ Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, said that no branch of his organization received PPP loans. Gottlieb cited ethical concerns about taking on government loans and using them for political advocacy.

“As chairman of the Citizens’ Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and the executive vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation, since one of the arms is political, I would not have applied for it,” Gottlieb said to the Free Beacon. “I don’t think it’s appropriate.”

Gottlieb urged the anti-gun organizations to return the money they received from the government.

“I find it appalling they applied for, took, and even got PPP loans,” Gottlieb declared. “The Brady Center and Giffords should give the money back. Gun owners in this country shouldn’t have their tax dollars used to support groups that want to take their guns away.”

Knowing the Left and its political appendages, they will most likely not even bother to return these loans. Their entire existence is predicated on government largesse and using the state to advance their political agenda

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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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