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Gun Control & Racism: Laws & Taxes Meant to Limit Minority Gun Ownership In America (Opinion)

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John Salvatore

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Originally published by our friends at Ammo.

Every schoolchild knows that the Declaration of Independence declares that the basic equality of man is “self-evident.” The United States Constitution enumerates what the inalienable rights only alluded to by the Declaration. An inalienable right is one that exists regardless of whether or not it is recognized by the state. For example, you have a right to free speech regardless of whether or not the Constitution recognizes it. Thus any restrictions on free speech are curbs of this pre-existing right, not an actual elimination of that right. One of them is the right to keep and bear arms. Another is the right to a speedy and public trial.

However, particularly with the Second Amendment, there’s long been a struggle between the ideals of America and the reality on the ground with regard to race. What’s more, minorities in the United States are disproportionately the victims of violent crime. Both of these things together make it crucial to understand self defense and the Second Amendment from the perspective of race in America.

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Part of the problem is that, unlike European nations which grew organically, America is an invention of a handful of Englishmen. They founded the nation on a set of ideas and there has always been a tension between those ideas and the reality. This is, in some sense, unavoidable: reality will always have trouble living up to an ideal. A failure to live up to that ideal in the past according to terms established today doesn’t make the entire project – or any specific part of it – worthless or suspect.

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Before we get into the meat of the matter, we should note that the American ideal has expanded the Second Amendment (and the rest of the Constitution for that matter) to de jure include all Americans. One can be skeptical of the notion of “progress” while seeing the moves to repeal race-based restrictions on firearms ownership as big steps in the right direction.

Finally, it is worth noting – and we will do so at length later – that none of the racially-motivated laws on the books in America are uniquely American. Racism, in the sense employed by the average person not the expanded version used by left-wing ideologues, was not a uniquely American institution, but the norm throughout human history.

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Arizona Senate Demands Answers to Maricopa County Audit Discrepancies

Could it be that Arizona really did cook the books?

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In the immediate aftermath of the 2020 election, Donald Trump was adamant that the contest had been “stolen” from him – one way or another. Some believed that the Democrats’ insistence on allowing expanded mail-in voting and absentee balloting created an opportunity for malfeasance.  Others, like Trump-aligned lawyers Sidney Powell and Rudy Giuliani, believed that Dominion Voting Systems was somehow cooking the books in favor of Joe Biden. And while the court system roundly rejected each and every attempt that these two litigators brought forth, there appears to be some sort of movement on the subject this week, and it comes to us from the ongoing audit of the votes in Maricopa County, Arizona. The president of the Arizona State Senate asked the chairman of the Maricopa Board of Supervisors in a letter on Tuesday to address “three serious issues that have arisen in the course of the Senate’s ongoing audit of the returns of the November 3, 2020 general election in Maricopa County. “ Arizona State Senate President Karen Fann identified those three issues in her letter to Maricopa County Supervisors Board Chairman Jack Sellers as:  (1) ongoing non-compliance with legislative subpoenas, deleted data bases (2) chain of custody and ballot organization anomalies, and (3) deleted data bases. Fann certainly means business, and the full text of her letter can be read below. https://www.scribd.com/document/507810783/5-12-21-Letter-to-Maricopa-County-Board#from_embed  

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Dominion Voting Systems Accuses Sidney Powell of Charity Fraud

Her lawyers were NOT happy about it, either!

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In the days following the 2020 election, then-President Donald Trump and his cadre of legal companions began to suggest that something was amiss.  You see, Trump himself believed wholeheartedly that the election was “stolen” from him, and a number of MAGA-aligned attorneys, (both officially and unofficially), began to try to prove just that. On the “official” side of things were folks like Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis – the former of which is now on the receiving end of a defamation lawsuit from Dominion Voting Systems that totals well over $1 billion.  This is due to the sort of evidence that Rudy was purporting to bring to the public, in which the former Mayor of New York City believe that the software company had cheated the incumbent President. On the unofficial side stood Sidney Powell – a lawyer who rose to prominence while assisting former national security adviser Michael Flynn, and who has also been slapped with one of Dominion’s defamation suits. In Powell’s case, however, the trouble doesn’t end there. Dominion Voting Systems is suing former Trump attorney Sidney Powell, who baselessly claimed the company’s voting machines were rigged, said in a court filing that Powell’s nonprofit is nothing more than a personal piggy bank, the Associated Press reported. Powell’s organization, Defending the Republic, claimed to donors that it is a legal defense fund to protect the integrity of U.S. elections. But Dominion, which is suing Powell for defamation, is arguing that Powell is using the alleged social welfare organization to pay her own legal fees stemming from her claims about the 2020 presidential election. Powell and other allies of former President Donald Trump said following the election that the company’s voting system helped to steal the election. The company cited remarks Powell made during a radio interview regarding…

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