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Shelley Luther Wants to Use GoFundMe for Two Laredo Women Who Were Unjustly Imprisoned for Offering Beauty Services

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Following the release of Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther on May 7, 2020, Luther has new plans with the money she received on GoFundMe.

On May 8, Luther was in front of her Dallas business, Salon A La Mode, and talked about her future plans. Additionally, her comments came  following U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s visit to her salon in the morning to provide support and receive a haircut.

Luther was involved in a drawn out fight with local officials after she reopened her salon in defiance of the city’s stay-at-home order. Dallas judge Eric Moye found her in contempt of court on May 5 after she did not apologize for her actions, which notably included her decision to publicly tear up a cease-and-desist letter from the county at a political rally she gave a speech at.

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On May 5, she was sentenced to seven days in jail. However, statewide leaders like Attorney General Ken Paxton and Governor Greg Abbott were able to get her out of jail on May 7.

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During her legal struggle, supporters had been pitching in to a GoFundMe page that was set up for her. It eventually reached its target of $500,000. Now, Luther wants to give out the money to people who desperately need it.

After using some of the money to pay off her legal fees and mortgage, she announced that she has other plans with the money.

“We have already planned on spreading some of that gift today in South Dallas. I’ve already reached out, trying to get in contact with the two ladies in Laredo and I would like to pay for any of their attorney fees, any citations they have, and maybe give them a little bit of head-start money,” Luther stated.

The two Laredo women who Luther mentioned are Ana Isabel Castro-Garcia and Brenda Stephanie Mata. On April 15, they were both arrested for allegedly selling beauty services from their homes, which also violated shutdown orders during the pandemic.

The two women were also mentioned by Abbott after he changed his executive orders on May 6 to get rid of jail time for violations of these orders.

“I had to do what I felt was right in this situation, and whether they support it or not… if they’re a salon owner, they are getting to open 10 days earlier,” Luther commented.

Salons and barber shops have now been reopened in Texas but with regulations that still maintain social distancing practices. Last week, businesses such as retail stores and restaurants reopened at 25% capacity.

Although Texas did the right thing by declaring gun stores to be essential businesses, the government dropped the ball by not protecting small businesses like Luther’s.

Abbott will need to correct course and make sure that Texas undergoes a more thorough re-opening.

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Merrick Garland Suggests that Getting Rid of Lawsuit Protections is Not a Second Amendment Violation

Garland as AG will be a disaster for the right to bear arms.

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If Merrick Garland is nominated as Attorney General, the Second Amendment is in big trouble.

Based on his comments at a Senate hearing on February 22, 2021, Garland made a suggestion that the repeal of lawsuit protections for gun manufacturers is not unconstitutional. 

AWR Hawkins of Breitbart News reminded his readers that President Joe Biden campaigned on a platform of repealing the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), which shielded lawful gun manufacturers from lawsuits.

In a previous Breitbart News report, Biden spoke at an MSNBC forum in 2019 alongside gun control organizations such as March for Our Lives where he expressed his support for gun manufacturers to be subject to lawsuits.

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At the speech, Biden suggested that the PLCC be repealed. He declared, “No other outfit in history has gotten this kind of protection” and asserted that the legal actions would bring about “change overnight.”

In a subsequent occasion on February 7, 2020, Breitbart News covered Biden’s remarks to a New Hampshire crowd, in which he stated that it was a “mistake” to shield firearms manufacturers from lawsuits. He continued, “The first thing I’m going to do as president is work to get rid of that.” 

Later that month, Breitbart News recalled how Biden called out gun manufacturers at a South Carolina rally and boasted, “I’m going to take you down.”

According to a report by The Salt Lake Tribune, Utah Senator Mike Lee asked Garland about his views on removing protections for gun manufacturers. Garland responded, “I have not thought myself deeply about this. I don’t think it raises a Second Amendment issue.”

When he was questioned if he is in favor of Biden’s plans to ban so-called “assault weapons”, Garland responded, “Where there is room under the law for the president’s policies to be pursued, then I think the president is entitled to pursue them.”

Biden’s track record as a gun control proponent is well-documented. From his support of gun-free zones at schools to the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban, Biden is Gun Control Inc.’s guy. With Democrats in control of the House and the Senate, there will most certainly be attempts to ram gun control down our throats. If they can’t beat us legislatively, they will most certainly use the courts to undermine the Second Amendment. Pro-gun organizations should be ready to lawyer up and use whatever means possible to keep courts from destroying our rights.

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