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Red Flag Gun Laws Wouldn’t Have Prevented El Paso Massacre

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While everyone was getting outraged about the Dayton and El Paso shootings, Journalist Zaid Jilani pointed out that there were two mass shootings overnight in Chicago.

He notes that the violence in the Windy City “has become so normalized it doesn’t even make national news.”

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According to CBS Chicago, three people were killed and 40 were wounded during shootings this weekend in Chicago.

Four shootings took place on August 2, 12 shootings on August 3, and five shootings on August 4.

CBS indicated that there were “two mass shootings overnight in Chicago — both in the West Side’s Lawndale neighborhood.”

Curiously, the state of Illinois has a cornucopia of gun control on the books, including red flag gun confiscation laws. Even with these laws in place, shootings still occur frequently.

Nevertheless, lawmakers on the GOP side of the aisle like Congressman Dan Crenshaw and Senator Lindsey Graham are calling for “red flag” style measures.

Pro-Second Amendment researcher John Lott has repeatedly argued that these laws are useless against criminals.

When he looked at data from 1970 through 2017, “Red Flag laws appear to have had no significant effect on murder, suicide, the number of people killed in mass public shootings, robbery, aggravated assault or burglary. There is some evidence that rape rates rise. These laws apparently do not save lives.”

In a similar vein, Connecticut was one of the first states to pass a red flag law in 1999.

Even with that law on the books, Adam Lanza carried out his atrocity at Sandy Hook.

So, there may be more behind mass shootings than gun control or lack thereof.

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Fox News Ratings Crater, Trailing CNN and MSNBC for First Time in 21 Years

A brutal collapse over the past two-and-a-half months.

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Recent data from Nielsen shows that Fox News finished behind both CNN and MSNBC in ratings to open the month of January.

This is the first time in twenty-one years that that has happened, according to Daily Wire.

Nielsen’s ratings data shows that CNN finished number one among cable news networks with approximately 2.8 million viewers per day from January 4 through January 10, including 4.2 million in primetime.

MSNBC came in second with 2.3 million viewers per day and 3.8 million in primetime. And in third was Fox News with 1.7 million viewers per day and 3.2 million in primetime.

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This is tough data for the conservative-leaning network. Over the past couple decades Fox has become accustomed to completely dominating the ratings, oftentimes receiving more viewership than CNN and MSNBC combined. Several factors contribute to the fall of Fox, including but not limited to:

  • The death of Roger Ailes in 2017 and subsequent changes in network leadership
  • Their disastrous Election Night coverage on November 3
  • Donald Trump’s loss to Joe Biden
  • An ostensible effort to distance themselves from Trump
  • A real or perceived softening of their conservatism in general
  • Trump’s public irritation with the network, to the point of telling people to migrate over to Newsmax and One America News Network (OANN)

Fox News has recently announced lineup changes as well. This is standard practice in the cable news industry and may not have much to do with their suffering ratings, though there’s a likely possibility that it does. Fox will be adding an hour-long opinion show in place of Martha MacCallum’s news show “The Story,” which had fallen behind both CNN and MSNBC’s 7pm timeslots after a stretch of being “comfortably ahead in ratings.” The network will also shuffle some of their daytime lineup.

As Joe Biden works through his first 100 days as president, it will be interesting to see how Fox News continues to perform, not only in comparison with CNN and MSNBC, but also with OANN and Newsmax.

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