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Right for Once: David Hogg Describes TikTok As a “National Security Threat”

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On March 25, 2020, Parkland mass survivor-turned gun control activist David Hogg had one shining moment.

Instead of going on his typical anti-gun screeds, he called out the Chinese Communist Party and its popular app, TikTok.

Hogg Tweeted, “Tik Tok is a national security threat that should only be used to call out the Chinese government (who controls it) for their atrocities and human rights abuses. Seriously y’all memes and jokes are fun but downloading the spyware of an authoritarian regime is not.”

 

TikTok has become popular among American youth for its videos where they make memes, jokes, and dance scenes.

Surprisingly, Hogg is aware of the company’s close connection to the China’s authoritarian government, which BLP also covered previously.

He then made a follow-up Tweet where he said, “I’m not kidding, we need to cancel TikTok.”

Hogg is aware of how TikTok is used to monitor Chinese citizens and crackdown against Hong Kong protestors.

He Tweeted the following: “Another reason I will not be going on there is because they censor activists voices in Hong Kong and around the world that call out the CCP for their atrocities. I refuse to be complicit in the death of democracy in Hong Kong by supporting Tik Tok.”

This is another textbook example of the old adage of a broken clock being right twice a day.

Hopefully, Hogg sticks to bashing China instead of pushing gun-grabbing plots.

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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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