One of the most pro-gun research institutions has had to deal with social media censorship lately.
The Crime Prevention Research Center was originally blocked and had all of its 4,700 Twitter followers deleted, supposedly “for abusive behavior earlier last week. However, no explanation was offered at first. Twitter eventually lifted the block on CPRC’s account.
CPRC was founded by gun researcher Dr. John Lott and has served as a forum to educate policymakers, pundits, and academics about the merits of increased gun ownership. Lott’s research during the last few decades has helped galvanize pro-gun reforms in the 1990s up until the present.
This episode of censorship was not exactly new. BLP reported on Lott’s previous encounter with social media censors when they decided to lock him out of his Twitter account for allegedly violating Twitter’s terms of service when he started discussing some uncomfortable truths about the recent New Zealand shootings.
As mass shootings become increasingly politicized and corporate institutions start to embrace “woke” politics, pro-gun outlets will likely face increasing censorship and even potential deplatforming from Big Tech and other corporate interests.
The environment is rapidly changing and pro-gun activists will have to adapt in order for their organizations to survive.
U.S. Law Enforcement Bust 27 People Connected to Mexican Sinaloa Cartel
Over two dozen people were arrested on drug charges in connection to a Mexican cartel smuggling cocaine into the U.S. Following a two-year investigation, 27 people were arrested through Operation Tripwire, an investigation effort U.S. officials have been working on featuring members of the Sinaloa Cartel.
The trafficking network went from Los Angeles, California to Tucson, Arizona and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where cocaine originating from Mexico was smuggled stateside. The United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Scott Brady declared “this is a large organization that was trafficking hundreds of kilograms of cocaine throughout the country and has direct ties to the Sinaloa cartel in Mexico.”
U.S. authorities recounted that the investigations started after an agent in Pittsburgh was able to identify an address that received large quantities of suspicious-looking packages coming from California. Since then, agents started to do investigation on other members of the network across the U.S.
Across the span of seven months, authorities were able to intercept U.S. calls made by some of the alleged traffickers with Sinaloa carte leaders in Mexico. On September 9, 2020, 27 were arrested in Arizona, California, and Pennsylvania.
According to American authorities, $1.3 million in cash and over 140 kilograms of cocaine were seized. The aforementioned people arrested are now facing a prison sentence of between 10 years and life in prison.
The border situation is no joke. Prior administrations have largely neglected the issue and have allowed for unprecedented levels of illegal immigration and drug trafficking to cross the U.S. border.
In a prior instance, BLP reported on how Mexico is a failed state that cannot maintain public order and is largely being pushed around by cartels. Due to its proximity to the U.S., Mexico’s problems will likely spillover stateside.
This is why border security is crucial. Thankfully, the U.S. has a president in Donald Trump that gets the memo. He’ll still need help from Congress, however,
That’s why it’s crucial that America First Republicans have strong showings at all branches of government in 2020.
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