37 thoughts on “News/Politics 8-29-20

  1. It’s past time the world speaks up.

    Part 1

    https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/meghara/china-new-internment-camps-xinjiang-uighurs-muslims

    “China has secretly built scores of massive new prison and internment camps in the past three years, dramatically escalating its campaign against Muslim minorities even as it publicly claimed the detainees had all been set free. The construction of these purpose-built, high-security camps — some capable of housing tens of thousands of people — signals a radical shift away from the country’s previous makeshift use of public buildings, like schools and retirement homes, to a vast and permanent infrastructure for mass detention.

    In the most extensive investigation of China’s internment camp system ever done using publicly available satellite images, coupled with dozens of interviews with former detainees, BuzzFeed News identified more than 260 structures built since 2017 and bearing the hallmarks of fortified detention compounds. There is at least one in nearly every county in the far-west region of Xinjiang. During that time, the investigation shows, China has established a sprawling system to detain and incarcerate hundreds of thousands of Uighurs, Kazakhs, and other Muslim minorities, in what is already the largest-scale detention of ethnic and religious minorities since World War II.

    These forbidding facilities — including several built or significantly expanded within the last year — are part of the government’s unprecedented campaign of mass detention of more than a million people, which began in late 2016. That year Chen Quanguo, the region’s top official and Communist Party boss, whom the US recently sanctioned over human rights abuses, also put Muslim minorities — more than half the region’s population of about 25 million — under perpetual surveillance via facial recognition cameras, cellphone tracking, checkpoints, and heavy-handed human policing. They are also subject to many other abuses, ranging from sterilization to forced labor.

    To detain thousands of people in short order, the government repurposed old schools and other buildings. Then, as the number of detainees swelled, in 2018 the government began building new facilities with far greater security measures and more permanent architectural features, such as heavy concrete walls and guard towers, the BuzzFeed News analysis shows. Prisons often take years to build, but some of these new compounds took less than six months, according to historical satellite data. The government has also added more factories within camp and prison compounds during that time, suggesting the expansion of forced labor within the region. Construction was still ongoing as of this month.

    “People are living in horror in these places,” said 49-year-old Zhenishan Berdibek, who was detained in a camp in the Tacheng region for much of 2018. “Some of the younger people were not as tolerant as us — they cried and screamed and shouted.” But Berdibek, a cancer survivor, couldn’t muster the energy. As she watched the younger women get dragged away to solitary confinement, “I lost my hope,” she said. “I wanted to die inside the camp.”

    BuzzFeed News identified 268 newly built compounds by cross-referencing blanked-out areas on Baidu Maps — a Google Maps–like tool that’s widely used in China — with images from external satellite data providers. These compounds often contained multiple detention facilities.”

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    Part 2

    https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/alison_killing/china-ex-prisoners-horrors-xinjiang-camps-uighurs

    “Maybe the police officers call you first. Or maybe they show up at your workplace and ask your boss if they can talk to you. In all likelihood they will come for you at night, after you’ve gone to bed.

    In Nursaule’s case, they turned up at her home just as she was fixing her husband a lunch of fresh noodles and lamb.

    For the Uighurs and Kazakhs in China’s far west who have found themselves detained in a sprawling system of internment camps, what happens next is more or less the same. Handcuffed, often with a hood over their heads, they are brought by the hundreds to the tall iron gates.

    Thrown into the camps for offenses that range from wearing a beard to having downloaded a banned app, upward of a million people have disappeared into the secretive facilities, according to independent estimates. The government has previously said the camps are meant to provide educational or vocational training to Muslim minorities. Satellite images, such as those revealed in a BuzzFeed News investigation on Thursday, offer bird’s eye hints: guard towers, thick walls, and barbed wire. Yet little is still known about day-to-day life inside.

    BuzzFeed News interviewed 28 former detainees from the camps in Xinjiang about their experiences. Most spoke through an interpreter. They are, in many ways, the lucky ones — they escaped the country to tell their tale. All of them said that when they were released, they were made to sign a written agreement not to disclose what happens inside. (None kept copies — most said they were afraid they would be searched at the border when they tried to leave China.) Many declined to use their names because, despite living abroad, they feared reprisals on their families. But they said they wanted to make the world aware of how they were treated.

    The stories about what detention is like in Xinjiang are remarkably consistent — from the point of arrest, where people are swept away in police cars, to the days, weeks, and months of abuse, deprivation, and routine humiliation inside the camps, to the moment of release for the very few who get out. They also offer insight into the structure of life inside, from the surveillance tools installed — even in restrooms — to the hierarchy of prisoners, who said they were divided into color-coded uniforms based on their assumed threat to the state. BuzzFeed News could not corroborate all details of their accounts because it is not possible to independently visit camps and prisons in Xinjiang.

    Their accounts also give clues into how China’s mass internment policy targeting its Muslim minorities in Xinjiang has evolved, partly in response to international pressure. Those who were detained earlier, particularly in 2017 and early 2018, were more likely to find themselves forced into repurposed government buildings like schoolhouses and retirement homes. Those who were detained later, from late 2018, were more likely to have seen factories being built, or even been forced to labor in them, for no pay but less oppressive detention.”

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    China is no one’s friend.

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  2. It was never about black lives.

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    Oh they should be…. 🙂

    https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/514147-democrats-worry-about-voter-backlash-in-suburbs

    “Democratic strategists are worried scenes of violence in Kenosha, Wis., and the “defund the police” debate could give Republicans and President Trump a boost with suburban voters.

    The issue has come back to the forefront amid new incidents of violence, property destruction and protests this week after another unarmed Black man, Jacob Blake, was shot in the back by a police officer.

    Some Democrats worry the continuing unrest could give Trump an opening with swing voters in Wisconsin and other key states that voted for Trump in 2016.

    “Republicans are very wisely pouncing on this moment and using that language [of defund the police] that emphasizes everything wrong with what progressives do,” said a Senate Democratic aide, who argued that Democrats have failed to make clear that defunding the police is about getting around obstacles that unions pose to sensible reform and not shuttering police departments.

    “I would imagine it’s a potential problem,” the aide added. “The riots in the streets and the destruction are not the only part of these protests. If you were to follow what Republicans have said about this protest movement and these moments, you would think that every single moment of these protests has been defined by violence, and they haven’t been.”

    Trump at his convention speech Thursday sought to make civil unrest and support for law and order a defining issue of the final stretch of the campaign, declaring “the most dangerous aspect of the Biden platform is the attack on public safety.”

    “Make no mistake, if you give power to Joe Biden, the radical left will defund police departments all across America. They will pass federal legislation to reduce law enforcement nationwide. They will make every city look like Democrat-run Portland, Ore.,” he warned.”

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  3. Since the locals won’t do their jobs…..

    https://www.wweek.com/news/courts/2020/08/27/u-s-attorneys-office-levies-federal-charges-against-74-portland-protesters/

    “U.S. Attorney’s Office Levies Federal Charges Against 74 Portland Protesters

    Today’s announcement comes two weeks after Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt said his office would decline to prosecute many low-level protest offenses.”

    “The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon announced Thursday that it had levied federal charges against 74 Portland protesters for crimes they allegedly committed between July 1 and Aug. 24.

    In a press release, the U.S. Attorney’s Office listed the names of 63 people facing federal charges. Of those, many have been charged with failing to obey a lawful order or assaulting a federal officer. Four were charged with arson or attempted arson. The remaining 11 who were not named were issued citations.

    Of the 74 people charged today, 68 were arrested between July 20 and July 31—at the height of the protesters’ conflicts with federal police deployed to Portland by President Donald Trump. The charges handed down today are the legal fallout of those clashes.”

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  4. Trump has now pardoned her. 🙂

    https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/514168-trump-grants-pardon-to-alice-johnson

    “President Trump on Friday signed a full pardon for Alice Johnson, whose life sentence for nonviolent offenses he had previously commuted.

    “That means you can do whatever you want in life and just keep doing the great job you’re doing,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office.

    The pardon comes just one day after Trump accepted his party’s nomination from the South Lawn of the White House.

    Trump credited Johnson with highlighting the stories of others who have been harshly sentenced.

    Johnson fought back tears as she sat beside Trump. The two bowed their heads in prayer, and Trump did not take any questions before reporters were shuffled out of the room.

    Johnson was convicted on drug and money laundering charges in 1996. Trump granted her clemency in June 2018 after she had served 21 years in prison.

    She spoke on Thursday night at the Republican National Convention, where she recounted her story of being given a life sentence despite being a first-time, nonviolent offender.

    “When President Trump heard about me — about the injustice of my story — he saw me as a person. He had compassion. And he acted,” she said.”

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  5. I’m telling you, the kid will walk. He defended himself. Period.

    https://dailycaller.com/2020/08/27/we-witnessed-the-kenosha-shootings-heres-what-really-happened/

    “The scene there is chaotic – people yelling, shoving, making threats, then a crowd chasing a young man. Richie is already onsite and, as I’m heading to meet him, the moments leading up to the first shooting are already playing out. Richie sees the alleged shooter hurrying down the street, gun in one hand and fire extinguisher in the other, until he reaches a sort of corner in the parking lot of the gas station.

    Meanwhile, I’m moving more rapidly toward the chaos. The key moments caught on video begin to come into focus for me, although I’m not close enough to make out specific faces yet. There’s a loud bang. I stop immediately – I didn’t grow up around guns. It sounds like a gunshot. I’m just not sure.

    A few beats go by after the first shot – enough time for me to be able to get out my phone. As if on autopilot, I hit the record button.

    Bang, bang. Three more gunshots? Four? They sound slightly different from the first. People sprint in every direction, screaming and running away from that little gas station on the corner.

    “Were those gunshots?” I ask someone next to me.

    “Yeah. Yeah. That was gunshots.”

    Richie would later tell me that he saw what prompted the first shooting. A verbal fight escalated as the victim tried grabbing the alleged shooter’s rifle – twice. The second time, Richie told me, the victim came very close to getting his hand on the man’s gun, trying to grab it away from him. He may have actually made contact, but it’s unclear amid the mayhem. That’s when the shooter fired.

    “I see the shooter run away, and then I run in to provide medical aid,” Richie tells me. “What I didn’t realize until afterwards is that the shooter ran around the car and stood behind me. I screamed at him to call 911, not realizing he was the shooter. He runs away moments later after pulling out his phone.”

    We would find out later that the very first gunshot – the sound that appears to have prompted the shooter to turn around, that Richie recounted and that caused me to begin filming, was not from the man who has now been charged with first degree murder.

    It came from an unknown gunman who fired a single shot into the air, according to video footage reviewed by The New York Times.

    I’m on the ground, bullets flying, seeing the confrontation from farther away. Phone still in hand, I run across the street and toward where the gunfire erupted. At that moment, a swarm of people begin to move in my direction.”

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  6. I once thought this was spontaneous. Until the assaults outside the White House. Now, I strongly suspect someone is behind this.
    I don’t see the logic behind this because it assures a Republican victory. Most people don’t like this sort of thing.

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  7. Chas — we could go conspiratorial and accuse the Republicans of orchestrating the violence just to scare the suburbs into voting for Trump. Of course, I don’t think this is the case.

    I do think the Democrats are approaching this wrong. They should use news clips of the street violence and police shootings with the voice over “this is Trump’s America”. The very fact the Republicans and Trump are running on a law and order platform which the media treats in a credible manner is astounding. Crime, street violence, police brutality, and right wing violence have all increased in the last four years yet somehow Trump and the Republicans are not only not taking any responsibility despite being in charge they claim only they can stop it. If they could stop it, why aren’t they.

    He killed two people while committing a felony (illegal possession of a firearm), he can’t claim self defense. In the first murder, he panicked at the sight of plastic and killed someone. After killing someone, another man tried to stop him from continuing to shoot people — you can’t claim self defense when someone is trying to stop you after you kill someone.

    If this boy is let go and Breanne Taylor’s murder is ignored and police forces continue to encourage right wing violence, the streets of America will continue to burn. If this is self defense than any man can do what is right in his own eyes without repercussion. If the Republican party stands for law and order they would not encourage paramilitary/militia violence.

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  8. Wow — The RNC needs to stop disrespecting artists and stealing private property
    https://americansongwriter.com/leonard-cohens-estate-and-publisher-denied-permission-for-use-of-hallelujah/?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook&fbclid=IwAR1OkzsFN-Y4D1B0XmxhugEVRpHgJPbycDdLsM8xM84IHGzsMJitAmI6EE4#Echobox=1598712868

    Here it is;

    If you like that, I suggest you listen to the Cash and Strummer version of the Redemption Song (the original Marley version is good too). Both are about freedom and redemption.

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  9. It’s a deep divide and I’m not sure how it gets resolved or even toned down, other than if that be God’s will.

    But after Labor Day, as is traditional, both campaigns will kick into very high gear and the noise will be deafening.

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  10. It won’t end in November. If Trump loses, he won’t go quietly. If Trump wins, he will win by the electoral college not the popular vote. Legitimacy will be questioned either way.

    It was nice to stare off into the lake without thinking of the news or work for a week. Always marvel at the number of stars when in a rural area — only the slight glow of Cleveland across the lake forced the present into my mind.

    If we’re tired of all this, and I assume most people are, imagine how tired a black young man is of all this.

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  11. WSJ editorial:

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-trump-disruption-11598570719
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    OPINION REVIEW & OUTLOOK
    The Trump Disruption

    When Donald Trump won the Presidency four years ago, half of America gnashed its teeth or cried and even supporters who cheered weren’t sure what to expect. Four years later our verdict is that he has been better on policy than we feared but worse on personal behavior than we hoped. Whether Americans re-elect him depends on how they assess that political balance sheet.

    We realize that even considering the Trump Presidency in these conventional terms is offensive to some readers. Don’t we get that he’s a would-be authoritarian, a Russian plant, or at least so deeply flawed as a human being that he can’t be trusted with power? Yet our democracy survives, and the Constitution’s checks and balances are intact. Americans who heard him ask for a second term Thursday night were trying to make sense of what has been a raucous and disruptive Presidency.

    This week’s virtual GOP convention has spent hours educating voters about Trump Administration successes, and many are real, starting with the pre-Covid-19 economy that we examined this week. The political irony is that this success was due to Mr. Trump’s adoption of conventional GOP economics, not his trade or immigration agenda. …

    … Which brings us to character. Americans knew when they voted for Mr. Trump that he wouldn’t adhere to convention, but they also hoped his manners would rise to the respect due the office. They too often haven’t. He is needlessly polarizing, luxuriates in petty feuds, and trashes aides who served him well as they walk out the door. He seems not to care if what he says is true, which has squandered his ability to persuade in a crisis.

    He often hurts himself by crashing through proper norms as with his near-invitation of the Taliban to Camp David and his threat to withhold aid if Ukraine didn’t investigate Joe Biden. Both were stopped by advisers, but the latter got him impeached.

    His narcissism is his own worst enemy, which the public has seen to its worst effect in the pandemic. Mr. Trump brawled with governors and the press and bragged relentlessly about his success when Americans wanted candid realism. His Administration’s anti-Covid record is better than Mr. Trump has made it sound.

    Yet it’s impossible to assess Mr. Trump’s behavior outside the context of the often unhinged opposition. …

    … Before Election Day in 2016, we wrote that the biggest gamble of a Trump Presidency wasn’t the fantasy that he was a Mussolini from Manhattan. It was that he’d face a hostile press and bureaucracy that his inexperience and erratic management would be unable to navigate. So it has often been, and in 2018 the resulting tumult cost Republicans control of the House.

    Americans now know Mr. Trump isn’t going to change, but then he isn’t running only against himself. He has a chance to win another four years if voters conclude that his disruption is less risky than the Biden-Sanders Democratic agenda.
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  12. The WSJ has become more myopic as it caters to the elite.

    When Mussolini marched on Rome, the traditional conservatives — monarchists, Catholic church, aristocracy, capitalists — all supported him. When Franco landed his army in Spain (from the Canary Islands) the traditional conservatives — similar to Italy — all supported him. When Petain made his peace with Hitler, he represented a similar group of conservatives. Petain enacted the slogan “Work, Family, Fatherland” to replace the revolutionary slogan “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity.” History reminds us nothing changes — the elite will always support right wing populists no matter how crude and right wing populists will always support the elite while blaming foreigners, degenerates, and communists for the poverty of the working classes.

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  13. Michelle,

    The north shore of Lake Erie is amazing. One of the good things of Covid is that it forced me to explore my own neighbourhood (I had been planning a trip to Ireland) and its been a great summer. Its unfortunate Americans are currently not allowed in Canada or I would recommend it to anyone.

    “50 years ago Americans walked on the moon, now they can’t even walk in Canada” — a meme someone sent me. I’m not saying Biden or Clinton would have done a better job (Obama definitely) but its something to consider when evaluating Trump’s record.

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  14. The north shore of Lake Superior is amazing too. Always a fun place to visit. We have too many tourists there to enjoy it right now, however.

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  15. And more…..

    https://thehill.com/hilltv/what-americas-thinking/514174-poll-trump-approval-rises-among-black-hispanic-voters

    “Poll: Trump approval rises among black, hispanic voters amid convention”

    “President Trump’s support among black voters rose 9 percentage points amid the Republican National Convention, a new Hill-HarrisX poll finds.

    Twenty-four percent of registered black voters in the Aug. 22-25 survey, which included the first two days of the convention, said they approve of the job Trump is doing as president, while 76 percent said they disapprove.

    That is up 9 points from the previous survey conducted Aug. 8-11, where the President received 15 percent support among this group.

    The survey found support among Hispanic voters also grew by 2 percentage points, from 30 percent in the last poll to 32 percent in this most recent survey.”

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  16. Bi-partisan support. 🙂

    https://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2020/08/28/minnesota-mayors-from-democrat-strongholds-endorse-president-trump-n2575265

    “Trump Lands Major Endorsements From Democrat Mayors in Minnesota”

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    “Like many in our region, we have voted for Democrats over many decades. We have watched as our constituents’ jobs left not only the Iron Range, but our country. By putting tariffs on our products and supporting bad trade deals, politicians like Joe Biden did nothing to help the working class. We lost thousands of jobs, and generations of young people have left the Iron Range in order to provide for their families with good-paying jobs elsewhere. Today, we don’t recognize the Democratic Party. It has been moved so far to the left it can no longer claim to be advocates of the working class. The hard-working Minnesotans that built their lives and supported their families here on the Range have been abandoned by radical Democrats. We didn’t choose to leave the Democratic Party, the party left us,” the letter, signed by Virginia Mayor Larry Cuffe, Chisholm Mayor John Champa, Ely Mayor Chuck Novak, Two Harbors Mayor Chris Swanson, Eveleth Mayor Robert Vlaisavljevich and Babbitt Mayor Andrea Zupancich, states.

    “Yet, four years ago, something wonderful happened. Donald J. Trump was elected President of the United States, and he stood up to China, implemented tax cuts, and fought for the working class. Now, four years later, the Iron Range is roaring back to life and for the first time in a very long time, locals are hopeful because of this President’s policies and willingness to fight for us,” the mayors continue. “Lifelong politicians like Joe Biden are out of touch with the working class, out of touch with what the country needs, and out of touch with those of us here on the Iron Range and in small towns like ours across our nation.”

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  17. Trump went for over two and a half years with him, his Administration, and his family accused of treason. And it looks like it was started with the connivance of President Obama…Still it looks like it will be swept under the rug if Biden cheats his way to the top.

    The former Moderator of this Blog wrote a book about the cheating of Democrats. Yes, yes I know, Republicans cheat too, but Democrats glory in cheating!

    My wife can’t stand Trump, but then she watches “The View.” I had to try to explain “Fast and Furious” to her; she had never heard of it.

    I realize that I could easily sound like the real AJ of recent rants. I agree with him! Half of people who vote Democratic Don’t know how crooked the Democrats are but the other half DOES know how crooked the Democrats are AND THAT’S THE WAY THEY ARE!!!

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  18. Four More Years Week at Legal Insurrection

    All the news you may have missed. Lots and lots of links. 🙂

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/08/four-more-years-week-at-legal-insurrection/

    “The Republican National Convention, culminating in Trump’s speech, was a resounding success, especially when compared to the Democratic National Convention.

    -Republican National Convention Destroyed Biden’s Basement Campaign
    Trump Campaign Raises $76 Million During Week of Republican National Convention

    The RNC had so many amazing moments.

    -Ann Dorn, Widow of Retired Police Chief Killed by Mob, Endorses Trump in Moving Segment at RNC
    -Jack Brewer: Biden and Harris “have collectively been responsible for locking up countless -Black men for nonviolent crimes”
    -Nick Sandmann at RNC: “I would not be cancelled… and I won a personal victory”

    The far left is acting like people who know they’re losing.

    -Sen. Rand Paul and others attacked by DC mobs after leaving Trump speech
    -DC Mob Trots Out Trump Effigy on Guillotine
    -#WalkAway Founder Harassed by BLM Activists: “I haven’t endured an anti-gay attack like this in probably 10 years”

    All they do is destroy.

    -Wisconsin Pizzeria after BLM rioters smash windows: “Are they trying to get Trump reelected?”
    -Report: Seattle Rioters Tried to Burn Police Officers Alive By Sealing Precinct Door Shut
    Kenosha, WI Under Siege By Antifa/BLM Rioters

    Joe Biden didn’t say a word until the polls went bad.

    -Don Lemon: “The Rioting Has Got to Stop… It’s Showing Up in the Polls”
    -Joe Biden Finally Addresses Riots and Violence One Day After CNN Warns of Bad Polling

    And he is still barely coherent.

    -Biden Clearly Reading Script Through Interview With CNN’s Anderson Cooper

    How ironic.”

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  19. Pat yourselves on the back Democrats. You built this. 🙂

    Good job! 🙂

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/08/almost-five-million-americans-have-become-gun-owners-in-the-first-half-of-2020/

    “Almost Five Million Americans Have Become Gun Owners in the First Half of 2020

    “This is a tectonic shift in the firearm and ammunition industry marketplace and complete transformation of today’s gun-owning community”

    The combination of the Coronavirus pandemic shutdowns and the riots which followed have essentially rendered gun control a moot issue for a generation.

    We have previously written about the surge in gun sales, but now we have a clearer picture of the numbers.

    When it comes to issues of firearms, Stephen Gutowski is one of the most knowledgeable journalists working today.

    He writes at the Washington Free Beacon:

    Nearly Five Million Americans Became Gun Owners in First Half of 2020

    Nearly five million Americans became first-time gun owners in 2020, according to a new report.

    The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the gun industry’s trade group, estimates that 17.1 million guns have been sold between January and August with 4.84 million Americans purchasing their first guns. The sales—especially to new owners—represent a significant shift in American attitudes on gun ownership.

    “This is a tectonic shift in the firearm and ammunition industry marketplace and complete transformation of today’s gun-owning community,” Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF senior vice president and general counsel, said in a statement.

    Wex Gunworks in Delray Beach, Fla., has been “slammed” with demand from first-time buyers, according to owner Brandon Wexler. Wexler attributed the surge—which threatened to cause supply shortages—to uncertainty fostered by the coronavirus pandemic and rioting in cities across the country.

    “Since the eruption of Covid-19 and the age of protests new gun owners have flocked to the shop to buy firearms, accessories, and get firearms training,” Wexler told the Washington Free Beacon. “We were slammed up through about six weeks ago, then inventory dried up from a manufacturing standpoint.”

    Democrats often bring up the subject of hunting when discussing the Second Amendment, but as we have seen over the last six months, it is self-protection which motivates more people to exercise their constitutional rights.”

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  20. Living without cable TV is the best thing you can do for your mental health. Cable news on a 24 hour cycle makes everything seem urgent and important — or why else would you tune in. And an another benefit is the realization that professional sports are not important. The circus of entertainment, cable news and pro sports are no longer important. Its important to be informed but reading the guardian and cbc can do that — reading is far more calming and slower than cable news.

    Our first past the post is another problem. It encourages a two party system and an all or nothing attitude. Proportional representation encourages multiple parties and forces compromises/coalitions. It evens out the extremes. For example in Germany the centre left and the centre right often form a coalition and purse a moderate policies. In a two party country the change in party gov’t often results in major shifts of policy and nothing gets accomplished as parties continue to undo each other’s work.

    If the US has at least four parties — GreenLeft, Democratic, Republican, “Trumpsim” — the last four years would have been a moderate centrist gov’t of the middle two parties.

    More people are embracing the Second Amendment — I’d think AJ would like this. However, if people who felt perfectly safe in Obama’s America now feel compelled to buy a gun for protection what does that say for Trump’s America? The Democrats didn’t build this — Trump and McConnell have been in charge and they build this. Not to overlook, the Republicans are campaigning on platform of fear.

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  21. The race is tightening up but I’m still at 308.

    I looked at the Hill survey. Its not all good news for Trump. He’s losing independents 58 to 42. The suburban vote is also 58 – 42 for Biden. And more worrisome is Trump winning rural voters by only 53 – 47. He needs the last two groups to win esp in the upper Midwest.

    The Iron Range was a solid Democratic bloc but voted 50-50 in 2016. Its aging and declining in population — ripe to vote Republican. However, the Democratic strength is in the cities — if they increase the urban voting turnout, they will win. And if Trump loses the suburbs, he’s done in Minnesota and many other states.

    Of course, Biden has a script or at least point form notes to refer too — most politicians do. As some Democrats will point out Biden at least can read the teleprompter, it doesn’t appear Trump can. When you hear Trump stumble and then go on a stream of consciousness its an indication he couldn’t read what was on the teleprompter.

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  22. During the interwar period in Europe, right wing militias would purposely go into left wing/Communist neighborhoods to provoke a violent reaction. The police then would side with the militias and arrest the leftist groups. Finally right wing populists politicians would then claim they would bring law and order to the cities. This was especially evident in Vienna and Berlin which was governed mostly by Communists.

    History repeats itself — Portland is often considered one of the most left wing cities in the US and for the last three Saturday nights a convoy of right wing militias has deliberately driven through the city, firing paint guns and pellets at any leftist demonstrators. The violence has increase over the last three weeks, and here is the result.

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/portland-protest-shooting-1.5705390?fbclid=IwAR00BsXvM_noY_gjYAbRY8MgDRuPkY2GIsfEpEfITO9lnBRhLASouZ84_8E

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  23. Enough blame to go around, I’d say.

    Actions bringing reactions, more actions, more reactions. It’s the cycle we seem to be heading into, Lord have mercy.

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  24. Those mayors that endorsed Trump are mainly from towns around me. It is a huge thing. This has always been a Democratic Farmer Labor area. Every year it turns more and more red. The Democrats are deaf and have brought it on themselves.

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  25. DJ — the least we could expect is for the groups to stay in their respective areas ie no right wing militias in left wing cities and we should expect the police to be more neutral instead of encouraging right wing militias as they did in Kenosha.

    Kathaleena –In the last few decades the farmer portion of the DFL coalition have tended to become more conservative whereas labor tends to represent urban interests. And now we have the Republicans represent the rural areas and the Democrats represent the urban areas with suburban areas more or less deciding elections.

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  26. I don’t know that that young man is guilty of first-degree murder (or whatever level he is being charged with), but he’s no hero either. It’s foolishness for a teenager to take a big old gun to a riot. And whether or not the first shooting was self-defense, when you have shot someone and bystanders are trying to disarm you, it’s a tricky thing to claim self-defense. More than anything, it’s an indication of why chaos is a dangerous thing.

    We need most citizens to behave lawfully, and we need the police to behave with restraint, or mayhem is the result. Defunding the police won’t being less of this stuff.

    HRW, a president who is hated by many of his country’s citizens, many of whom will do almost literally anything to get him defeated, cannot be blamed for chaos in the cities run by the other party.

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