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Pro-Gun Organization Gets Temporarily Suspended from Twitter

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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Democrats Introduce Expanded Background Check Legislation

Democrats are going to implement a background check which targets “extremism.”

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Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy and California Congressman Mike Thompson brought forward legislation on March 2, 2021 that aims to broaden the federal background check system on firearms sales, according to a report by The Hill.

Under The Background Check Expansion Act,  gun sales and purchases between all unlicensed sellers and buyers would be subject to a mandatory background check. The background checks would not be applicable for law enforcement officers, lending out firearms for the purpose of hunting, temporary transfers for self-defense, or family members gifting a firearm. 

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and 43 Senate Democrats have co-sponsored this bill. Thompson, who is the chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, reintroduced this legislation in the U.S. House

“For years, the bipartisan House-passed background checks bill languished in the Senate under Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. Now, with Senate Democrats in the Majority, we have the opportunity to act on this overwhelmingly popular, lifesaving legislation to protect American communities,” Schumer declared in a press release.

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According to a CBS News report, President Joe Biden has repeatedly called on Congress to pass stiffer gun control laws. This gun control bill will not pass so easily given how it will need 10 Republican senators to vote in favor of it.

Against the backdrop of the January 6 storming of the Capitol, such a background check will likely feature provisions that target so-called “extremists.” The ruling class has routinely lumped average gun owners with domestic extremists and will most certainly use recent events to justify encroachments on people’s right to bear arms. 

Biden is a veteran of the gun control movement, as evidenced by his sponsorship of the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990 and the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban. With Democrats in control of all branches of the federal government, they will certainly move to pass gun control. However, their success is not guaranteed due to moderate Democrats like Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema and West Virginia Joe Manchin not being completely receptive to radical gun control that could alienate them from their more right-wing constituents.

Nevertheless, the Left has shown that it’s willing to act regardless of the political context. Keeping this in mind, gun owners must be ready to beat back any kind of gun control coming from D.C. Such fights will allow the Right to rebuild its forces and make a splash in the 2022 midterms and the 2024 presidential race. 

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