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RINO Will Hurd Announces His Retirement From Congress

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Congressman Will Hurd announced this week that he would not be seeking reelection in 2020.

Hurd announced on Twitter, “I have made the decision to not seek reelection for the 23rd Congressional District of Texas in order to pursue opportunities outside the halls of Congress to solve problems at the nexus between technology and national security,”

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Hurd is the only African American Republican in the House of Representatives.

He is the sixth GOP lawmaker and third House Republican in Texas to announce his retirement in the last two weeks.

Mike Conaway announced his retirement on Wednesday, July 31, 2019, while Pete Olson made his retirement announcement last month.

Hurd declared in a statement that he left his previous job in the CIA to run for Congress in 2014 to provide the U.S. House with aid in intelligence and national security matters.

The outgoing Congressman said, “While Congress has a role in these issues, so does the private sector and civil society.”

He added, “After reflecting on how best to help our country address these challenges, I’m leaving the House of Representatives to help our country in a different way.”

Hurd represents a congressional district that spans the U.S.-Mexico border between San Antonio and El Paso.  The New York Times notes that this district is essentially a swing district given that it has flipped five times between Republicans and Democrats since the 1990s.

For lovers of basic freedom, Hurd’s presence in Congress will not be missed.

He was one of the few Republicans who voted for H.R. 8 , the House’s universal gun registration bill, which was the largest expansion of gun control to pass a chamber of Congress since the Brady Act of 1993.

On top of that, Hurd voted for an amnesty bill that would potentially grant a pathway to citizenship to millions of illegal aliens.

Based on these votes, Hurd proved to be a reliable member of the political establishment.

Texas’ 23rd District deserves a true conservative option.

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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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