On June 30, 2020, Tennessee Senator sent the NBA a letter listing some of the heinous acts of genocide that the Chinese government is committing against ethnic minorities.
In the same letter, Blackburn raised questions about the NBA’s relationship with the Chinese Communist Party.
The Senator complimented the safety measures the NBA implemented by suspending their season, but then proceeded to ask the NBA some incisive questions.
“Your league’s business interests are closely intertwined with Communist China’s estimated $4 billion NBA market,” Blackburn stated in the letter. “While the NBA has worked hard to raise awareness of social issues at home, there is concern that the league has turned a blind eye to human rights abuses committed abroad — even bowing down to pressure last year.”
The Tennessee senator finished off her letter by asking three specific questions that she wanted the NBA to address.
Sports Illustrated reported on Blackburn’s request and obtained a copy of the letter:
As the league reconvenes, further details on its relationship with China are imperative. Please provide a written response to the below inquiries by July 21, 2020.
What are the anticipated financial consequences of China Central Television’s (CCTV) continued ban on the airing of NBA games?
Please continue the scope of the NBA’s relationship with Chinese state-owned enterprise Alibaba.
The NBA reportedly continues to operate a training center Xinjiang, one of the world’s worst humanitarian zones. What steps is the NBA taking to shutter this location?
Blackburn cited the case of Xinjiang, where Uyghur Muslims and “ethnic Kazakhs” are being thrown into concentration camps for “free hospital treatment for the masses with sick thinking.”
Although China has made some changes in the 1980s. it still maintains many vestiges of oriental despotic past and is not on the same wavelength as the West.
American policymakers need to rethink trade relations with China, along with migration polices as well. Astute realpolitik with countries surrounding it (both Koreas, Russia, Japan, and India) can keep in check and prevent it from expanding at will.
Minnesota Had Record Numbers of Concealed Carry Licenses Issued in 2020
Red or blue, Americans nationwide are getting strapped.
Gun sales have boomed all across America. And it’s not just the Red states. Blue states like Minnesota have also witnessed an increase in the number of concealed carry permits issued.
According to Valley News Live, over 96,000 permits were issued in 2020, which represented the highest number of permits issued since carry permits became legal in 2003. Furthermore, 2020’s numbers represented a twofold increase from 2019 in the number of permits issued.
Tom Knighton of Bearing Arms noted that roughly “400,000 permits have been issued in total in a state of just over 5.6 million people.”
The Valley News Live piece actually conceded that the increase in permits issued was largely the result of a “ rise in violent crime in the Twin Cities and the civil unrest that followed the death of George Floyd.”
Minneapolis was the epicenter of social unrest after the death of George Floyd in late May 2020. With calls to defund the police and irresponsible political leadership that refused to decisively crack down on crime, Minnesotans began to take matters into their own hands.
Gun owners are ultimately the most effective first responders in times of crisis and overall breakdowns of social order. Minnesota’s gun laws are actually quite strict, which has earned it dismal rankings in Guns & Ammo magazine’s rankings for Best States for Gun Owners (39th place) and Best States for Concealed Carry (37th place). Regardless of the sub-optimal gun policies, Minnesotans still instinctively understand the importance of the right to carry.
2020 was a big year for gun sales and showed that the right to bear arms still has a massive constituency of people that can be targeted and activated for future occasions. Serious Republican campaigns should recognize this trend and make targeting gun owners a major priority throughout their get out the vote programs.
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