On April 7, 2020 the United States faced its deadliest day of the Wuhan Virus crisis.
According to NBC News, the Wuhan Virus killed 1,264 people over a 24 hour span in America as of 2:05 am ET on April 7. So far, 10,906 Americans have fallen to the Wuhan Virus.
On the other hand, NBC reported that not one death was recorded in the city of Wuhan, where the virus originated.
U.S. reports 1,264 coronavirus deaths in over 24 hours.
Meanwhile in China, where the pandemic broke out, not a single new coronavirus death was reported. https://t.co/ooXkR9X2L5
— NBC News (@NBCNews) April 7, 2020
In the meantime, the Trump Administration has maintained a level-headed approach dealing with the virus.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious diseases expert, stated on April 6 he was “cautiously optimistic” that the worst case scenarios could be avoided “if we keep our foot on the accelerator” — making reference to social distancing policies that are in place in most of the country.
Fauci and other officials tasked with handing this crisis stressed the importance of stay-at-home orders during a briefing.
“I don’t think anyone has ever mitigated the way I’m seeing people mitigate right now,” he remarked.
On a more negative note, President Donald Trump warned that in the next week-and-a-half there would be a “big surge” in Wuhan Virus cases and deaths.
The president also noted that his administration was targeting certain places that have been disproportionately affected, which included New York, the city that has been the most impacted by the Wuhan Virus.
“We are pressing into action the full power of American government and American enterprise in our military has been incredible,” he stated.
The lockdown is now being lifted in Wuhan.
A spokesman for China’s National Health Commission warned his countrymen to stay on guard because the country still faces the risk of new outbreaks that could come about as a result of domestic and imported cases.
On April 6, Chinese health officials confirmed the occurrence of 32 new cases of the Wuhan Virus in mainland China.
In a similar vein, Wuhan only reported two new cases of the virus in the past two weeks.
However, these numbers should be a taken with a grain of salt.
After all, China is an authoritarian country, so it will not be known for its respect for transparency.
Previously, the Chinese government reportedly disappeared a scientist that blew the whistle on the virus.
Like its other mainstream counterparts, NBC is praising China and advancing its narratives during a time when the entire world is in a state of chaos due to China’s negligence in containing this virus.
The mainstream is clearly in the tank for China.
If Democrats Win, Will Guns Sales Go Through the Roof?
No matter who wins in 2020, the biggest story of this election cycle has been the record levels of gun sales. In a piece titled “Guns Sales Break Records With Gun Control Legislation Likely If Democrats Win”, Newsweek highlights the meteoric rise of gun sales in 2020 and how these sales will only go up under a Biden administration.
It’s likely that a Biden win on November 3, 2020 will give life to gun control measure such as universal background checks, assault weapons bans, and national gun buybacks. Scott Reeves of Newsweek noted that “coronavirus pandemic, urban riots and the likelihood of increased regulation if the Democrats win the White House, regain control of the Senate and hold the House” have led to the unprecedented firearms sales. A Biden win would only accelerate this trend, as people become frightened by the prospect of gun control.
Through September, background checks recorded by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) reached 28.826 million. This total surpassed 2019’s record of 28.369 million, representing a 28 percent increase, according to the FBI report. As of September 30, Illinois was leading the nation in background checks with 5.6 million. Reeves noted that other states such as Kentucky (2.364 million) checks, Texas (1.730 million), Florida (1.386 million), Indiana (1.203 million), California (1.187 million) and Pennsylvania (1.030 million), were also experiencing significant upticks in gun sales.
Since NICS came into effect on November 1998, a total of 361.830 million background checks for all purposes have been completed since the program began in November 1998.
Zogby Analytics provided some more data showing how enthusiastic Americans are about buying guns:
Zogby Analytics in Utica, New York found that the number of gun owners increased 3.9% between October 2019 and October 2020 to 31.3% of the population. The number of individuals in a household keeping a gun at home, work, vacation cottage or club for personal protection, hunting or target shooting increased 7% to 42.2% in the last year. Membership in the National Rifle Association, a gun rights advocacy group, increased 6% to 17.7% in the last year, Zogby’s polling found.
“While there is fierce debate in Washington D.C. and among voters about what certain types of guns and accessories constitute ‘assault weapons,’ adults in the U.S. are buying and keeping more guns,” Jonathan Zogby declared.
Josh Horwitz, executive director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, an anti-Second Amendment organization, is of the opinion that uncertainty brought about by the Wuhan virus pandemic, riots, and the election are contributing factors to the rise in gun sales.
“Typically, gun sales rise in times of fear,” he said to Newsweek. “We live in a time when there’s a lot of fear, including fear that there might be more gun regulation with a Democratic President and Democratic majorities in Congress. And, there’s been a lot of unrest.”
Americans actions speak louder than their words. Even if Joe Biden does the unthinkable (and the very unlikely) by winning on November 3, his administration will encounter stiff resistance from gun-owning Americans across the political spectrum.
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