On Tuesday, Reuters reported that the Alabama Senate passed a bill that would outlaw almost all types of abortion.
This includes abortion in the case of rape and incest.
This will would be the strictest pro-life bill in America. The passage of this bill comes following the signing of Georgia’s controversial heartbeat bill.
So far in 2019, legislation to restrict abortion has been introduced in 16 states. According to the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute, four of those states (Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Ohio) saw governors sign bills banning abortions if a fetal heartbeat can be detected.
In pro-abortion circles, the aforementioned legislation is considered a virtual ban because fetal heartbeats can be detected as early as six weeks, before a woman can discover that she is pregnant.
Alabama’s pro-life bill takes it to another level by banning all abortions with the exception of cases where there was a serious health risk to the mother. Abortion practitioners would be subject to a Class A felony, which is punishable by 10-99 years of prison time. However, women who undergo an abortion procedure would not be held criminally liable. A last-minute amendment that would create exceptions for rape and incest victims was stalled on the Senate floor.
Like in gun rights battles, pro-life advocates have taken a state-by-state approach to passing pro-life legislation. However, with the conservative makeup of the Supreme Court, pro-life activists know that lower courts will challenge these laws and then take them to highest court of the land.
Their hope is to get Roe v. Wade overturned, which may be a reality under the Trump administration thanks to the current court’s ideology.
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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