On Tuesday, February 11, 2020, state lawmakers approved legislation that would give local Virginia governments the power to take down Confederate monuments in public spaces.
Fueled from the outrage following the 2017 rally in Charlottesville, the Left has been adamant about pursuing policies that would help facilitate monument removals. Now that they have complete control of the General Assembly and the Governor’s office, Democrats are ready to demolish historical monuments in the name of political correctness.
In a vote that largely took place on partisan lines, the Democrat-controlled House and Senate passed bills that would grant cities and counties the power to “remove, relocate, contextualize, cover or alter” monuments on their public spaces.
On Tuesday, largely along party lines, the Democrat-led House and Senate passed measures that would give cities and counties the autonomy to “remove, relocate, contextualize, cover or alter” the monuments in their public spaces.
Democrat Delegate Delores McQuinn sponsored the House bill and said it would allow local communities decide “how they want to memorialize history, whether it’s right in your face or they want to memorialize it in another way.”
The bills’ opponents compared Confederate monument removal to erasing history and have expressed concerns that the legislation could lead to a slippery slope of other removals of monuments that commemorate controversial conflicts such as the Vietnam War.
“I do not believe this will end well,” declared Republican Delegate Charles Poindexter, who believes that the bill sent a “tough message” to veterans or dead veteran’s families.
This is another theater of the culture war that must be fought whole-heartedly.
The Left would like nothing more than to strip America of its history and create a deracinated society where people mindlessly consume and are at the whims of politically correct thought policers.
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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