Former Republican Congressman Justin Amash announced he’s forming an exploratory committee to seek the Libertarian Party’s nomination for President on Tuesday, confirming that the hardcore Never Trumper will run as a de facto quixotic candidate for the office.
Let’s do this. https://t.co/AhpQQhTauh
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) April 29, 2020
Amash’s campaign may offer the Michigan congressman an easy way out of an embarrassing reelection defeat. Amash abandoned the Republican Party after embracing the Democratic Party’s impeachment sham, but polling from before his support of impeachment showed the libertarian trailing handily to Republican primary challengers seeking to replace him. His presidential campaign may provide him with a convenient excuse to avoid a reelection campaign he’s almost certain to lose.
Amash was slammed by figures across the political aisle for his exploratory committee announcement, including members of the House Freedom Caucus he once served with before turning his back on the Republican Party.
However, his announcement of a Libertarian Party presidential campaign may have riled up more animosity from Joe Biden Democrats than Republicans. Few members of the GOP, a party that overwhelmingly supports President Trump, want to vote for a hardcore libertarian ideologue, whereas voter enthusiasm for Joe Biden is the lowest that has been seen in decades for a Democratic presidential nominee.
The initial link to Amash’s campaign website showed a login page after he tweeted it out, an embarrassing technical difficulty.
Amash could very well siphon away more votes from voters who would otherwise vote for Joe Biden, perhaps implicitly aiding President Trump’s re-election prospects in states such as Michigan. Stringent #VoteBlue Democrats typically accustomed to demanding that Bernie Sanders supporters declare an oath of fealty to the party establishment turned their cannons on Amash after the announcement, making it clear they weren’t pleased with his third party campaign.
True irony would be the hardcore libertarian implicitly aiding the President’s reelection after embracing a dubious impeachment hoax over foreign aid to Ukraine. Amash is by far the most prominent figure seeking the Libertarian Party’s nomination.
If Democrats Win, Will Guns Sales Go Through the Roof?
No matter who wins in 2020, the biggest story of this election cycle has been the record levels of gun sales. In a piece titled “Guns Sales Break Records With Gun Control Legislation Likely If Democrats Win”, Newsweek highlights the meteoric rise of gun sales in 2020 and how these sales will only go up under a Biden administration.
It’s likely that a Biden win on November 3, 2020 will give life to gun control measure such as universal background checks, assault weapons bans, and national gun buybacks. Scott Reeves of Newsweek noted that “coronavirus pandemic, urban riots and the likelihood of increased regulation if the Democrats win the White House, regain control of the Senate and hold the House” have led to the unprecedented firearms sales. A Biden win would only accelerate this trend, as people become frightened by the prospect of gun control.
Through September, background checks recorded by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) reached 28.826 million. This total surpassed 2019’s record of 28.369 million, representing a 28 percent increase, according to the FBI report. As of September 30, Illinois was leading the nation in background checks with 5.6 million. Reeves noted that other states such as Kentucky (2.364 million) checks, Texas (1.730 million), Florida (1.386 million), Indiana (1.203 million), California (1.187 million) and Pennsylvania (1.030 million), were also experiencing significant upticks in gun sales.
Since NICS came into effect on November 1998, a total of 361.830 million background checks for all purposes have been completed since the program began in November 1998.
Zogby Analytics provided some more data showing how enthusiastic Americans are about buying guns:
Zogby Analytics in Utica, New York found that the number of gun owners increased 3.9% between October 2019 and October 2020 to 31.3% of the population. The number of individuals in a household keeping a gun at home, work, vacation cottage or club for personal protection, hunting or target shooting increased 7% to 42.2% in the last year. Membership in the National Rifle Association, a gun rights advocacy group, increased 6% to 17.7% in the last year, Zogby’s polling found.
“While there is fierce debate in Washington D.C. and among voters about what certain types of guns and accessories constitute ‘assault weapons,’ adults in the U.S. are buying and keeping more guns,” Jonathan Zogby declared.
Josh Horwitz, executive director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, an anti-Second Amendment organization, is of the opinion that uncertainty brought about by the Wuhan virus pandemic, riots, and the election are contributing factors to the rise in gun sales.
“Typically, gun sales rise in times of fear,” he said to Newsweek. “We live in a time when there’s a lot of fear, including fear that there might be more gun regulation with a Democratic President and Democratic majorities in Congress. And, there’s been a lot of unrest.”
Americans actions speak louder than their words. Even if Joe Biden does the unthinkable (and the very unlikely) by winning on November 3, his administration will encounter stiff resistance from gun-owning Americans across the political spectrum.
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