Virginia Copeland of Campus Reform reported on several acts of vandalism that swept across Washington, D.C. in the last few weeks.
One of the most notable was the desecration of a bust of George Washington, America’s first president. According to the GW Hatchet, six incidents related to protests took place on campus from late May to early June. Conservative activist Kara Zuckus went on Twitter to highlight how Washington’s bust on the campus of George Washington University in downtown Washington, D.C. disappeared.
This incident went unnoticed, especially by GW officials, for several weeks.
“A stunning image– looks like GW may have removed George Washington’s head to protect it from riots in DC. Truly disconcerting times,” Zupkus tweeted on June 2. At the time of this tweet, it was not clear whether the university had taken down the bust out of fear that it might get damaged by agitators or if it had already received damage during the riots.
— Kara Zupkus (@kara_kirsten) June 2, 2020
Later on, Zuckus tweeted, saying that the bust was “apparently” toppled.
Update: apparently he was toppled pic.twitter.com/XmX0M92x7a
— Kara Zupkus (@kara_kirsten) June 2, 2020
The campus newspaper published a campus crime log, which detailed the vandalization of the Washington bust.
“A GWPD officer found the head of a George Washington statue removed from a stand near the Greek Townhouses at the corner of 23rd and F streets. The head was found laying at the base of the stand. GWPD called Facilities Services following the discovery,” the log recounted.
Zupkus then tweeted on June 23, “Today, @JonathanTurley confirmed my fears: the GW statue was toppled by rioters, and @GWtweets, in an attempt to sweep the incident under the rug, has failed to release a statement THREE weeks later. https://jonathanturley.org/2020/06/23/pro”
So far, GWPD has found no suspects or witnesses during investigations to determine who was behind the desecration of the George Washington bust.
Universities, which are virtual appendages of the Left, have been largely complicit in the radicalization of these movements.
If they had a scintilla of decency, they would be standing up to these vandals and cracking down on acts of vandalization
Democrats Introduce Expanded Background Check Legislation
Democrats are going to implement a background check which targets “extremism.”
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.
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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