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TOTAL SHUTDOWN: North Carolina Governor Orders State Lockdown to Fight the Wuhan Virus

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On Friday, March 27, 2020, Governor Roy Cooper issued a shelter order for the entire state of North Carolina.

The order will commence on Monday at 5 p.m.

According to the order, people are directed to stay at home, unless they visit essential businesses, exercise outdoors, or help family members. The order also bans gatherings of more than 10 people and mandates social distancing.

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Violations of this order, which stays in effect until April 29, are a Class 2 misdemeanor.

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“It’s what we have to do to save lives,” Cooper said during a 4 p.m. news conference.

As of Friday, the state has recorded 763 cases of coronavirus in at least 60 counties. Three deaths have taken place in the state so far.

“North Carolina is now considered by the Centers for Disease Control to have widespread transmission,” Cooper declared. “Because no one is immune, because there is no vaccination, the best scientifically proven tool we have to slow the spread is to keep our distance.”

Cooper acknowledged that the order will cause increased hardships for many of the state’s workers.

The governor announced that the first round of unemployment benefits in North Carolina will be going out in the next week.

The governor’s executive order came in the wake of a Dare County announcement earlier on Friday which ordered a stay-home order starting at 5 p.m. Saturday.

The governor’s full order can be found HERE.

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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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