The U.S. State Department issued a travel advisory on January 31, 2020 warning Americans to not travel to China due to the coronavirus spreading across the East Asian country.
This virus was first identified in Wuhan, China.
On January 30, the World Health Organization declared that this viral outbreak is a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.
Travelers should expect travel restrictions from the government, while commercial carriers are reducing or suspending routes to and from China.
Americans currently in China were advised to consider departing via commercial means. The State Department requested that all non-essential U.S. government personnel not travel to China in the midst of this coronavirus outbreak.
In order to contain the coronavirus, Chinese officials have suspended, air, rail, and road travel in the vicinity of Wuhan and imposed restrictions on travel and other activities across the country. On January 23, 2020 the State Department ordered all non-emergency U.S. personnel and their family members to leave Wuhan.
In the meantime, China has taken advantage of this situation to roll out its fancy surveillance tech.
The Global Times tweeted about China’s efforts to use drones across China to monitor the outbreak.
It posted, ”Walking around without a protective face mask? Well, you can’t avoid these sharp-tongued drones! Many village and cities in China are using drones equipped with speakers to patrol during the #coronavirus outbreak.”
Walking around without a protective face mask? Well, you can't avoid these sharp-tongued drones! Many village and cities in China are using drones equipped with speakers to patrol during the #coronavirus outbreak. pic.twitter.com/ILbLmlkL9R
— Global Times (@globaltimesnews) January 31, 2020
The video the Global Times posted was of a drone instructing an elderly lady in the Chinese province of Inner Mongolia to go back to her home and get her protective face mask. The voice-operated drone told her that she should not be going outside without wearing a mask.
True to its authoritarian nature, China is exploiting this situation to demonstrate its authoritarian powers within its borders.
The Trump administration should act quickly to ensure that this virus does not spread, and he can do so by restricting travel to and from China.
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.
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.
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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