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Texas Government is Expected to Give Gun Organization a Handout to Enforce Gun Control

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Will the Texas government fund a gun control initiative?

According to an announcement in a TSRA email, the National Sports Shooting Federation (NSSF) is expecting to receive a grant from the state of Texas to “distribute education materials and cable locks to Texas residents through a network of law enforcement and community partners.”

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BLP reported on politicians sneaking gun a safe storage program into a gargantuan spending bill at the last minute. The spending bill, HB 1, includes this program and is now on Governor Greg Abbott’s desk.

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Abbott has the ability to use his line-item veto to strike down this anti-gun provision, but rumors around the capital indicate that he will sign this budget with the gun control program included. Gun rights activists have been disappointed so far with the way the 2019 session has gone with Constitutional Carry dead, and now, a backdoor gun control scheme could be passed under a supposedly “pro-gun” Republican state legislature. Groups like Texas Gun Rights and Lone Star Gun Rights are now calling for the Governor to use his line-item veto power to strike this gun control provision.

Texas gun laws are among the most pro-gun in the nation, but with the growing Democrat influence in the state, certain branches of the government like the State House could be in play in 2020. Should Democrats take the House, all pro-gun legislation could be dead on arrival in the 2021 legislative session.

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HISTORIC: President Trump Brokers Two-State Solution Between Israel and Palestine

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On August 13, 2020, Israel and the United Arb Emirates announced that they will normalize diplomatic relations and establish new broad-based ties.

This represents a pivotal moment in Middle Eastern politics, as the hot-button political issues shift from the issue of Palestine to Iran. The Trump administration helped broker this deal.

Under this new agreement, Israel has nominally agreed to stop its plans to annex the areas of the occupied West Bank. This agreement also solidifies opposition to Iran, which has become stronger ever since the U.S. launched its disastrous invasion of Iraq in 2003. At the moment, the U.S. views Iran as the principal threat in the Middle East.

Israel previously signed peace agreements with Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994. Up to this moment, the UAE and most other Arab countries did not maintain formal diplomatic or economic relations with the country until now. In normalizing relations with Israel, the UAE became the first Gulf Arab country to reach such an agreement with the Jewish state.

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According to White House officials, the agreement was the result of extended discussions between Israel, the UAE, and the U.S.

In a joint statement featuring President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed, they declared that they had “agreed to the full normalisation of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.”

“This historic diplomatic breakthrough will advance peace in the Middle East region and is a testament to the bold diplomacy and vision of the three leaders and the courage of the United Arab Emirates and Israel to chart a new path that will unlock the great potential in the region,” the statement read.

Reuters reported that in another statement, the crown prince highlighted that the agreement would prevent further Israeli annexation of Palestinian land, which Israel claims to have been waiting for U.S. approval.

The agreement is known as the Abraham Accords. It provides Trump a foreign policy accomplishment as he pursues re-election in November.

“HUGE breakthrough today! Historic Peace Agreement between our two GREAT friends, Israel and the United Arab Emirates,” Trump Tweeted.

In a separate tweet, Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, announced that the Trump administration was able to get Israel to agree with Palestinian people on a two-state solution.

The White House’s Twitter account announced this development:

President @realDonaldTrump was able to get Israel to agree to a two-state solution with the Palestinian people—and, for the first time in history, agree to a map that outlined the territory.

The Trump administration revealed that deals similar to the UAE and Israeli agreement are being crafted by Israel and other Arab states.

This marks a change in strategy from the nation-building of the Obama and Bush administrations, which largely benefited the defense industry, and relied upon misguided hard power instead of smart diplomacy to settle disputes.

Time will tell if such policies will last.

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