Following the recent mass killing in El Paso, Texas, the general manager of Gun Central — among the largest gun stores in the city — told Reuters the number of people attending his concealed carry classes skyrocketed.
“I have over 50 for this Saturday[‘s] class and approximately the same amount for the Sunday class, and I normally have approximately seven,” Michael McIntyre told the outlet last week.
He also told Reuters that Gun Central’s sales doubled — mostly handguns — during the week after the mass killing, which didn’t happen after previous mass killings in Texas.
‘I want to be able to protect myself’
“We actually had two people buy guns here who were actually in the Walmart on the day of the shooting,” McIntyre told the outlet. “The other people are just saying, ‘Hey, you know I want to be able to protect myself in the event of something going on.'”
Guadalupe Segovia was at the class with her two children and told Reuters that her husband — who’s in the military — had been urging her for a long time to get a concealed carry license.
Segovia, 35, added to the outlet that the recent mass killing in her own backyard gave her a sense of urgency: “I’m still going to be scared, even carrying a weapon.”
Reuters said the vast majority of class attendees were Hispanic — and that police said the accused gunman deliberately attacked Hispanics in the Walmart.
But Segovia also told the outlet she wants laws that make it harder for young people to get guns.
“I think weapons should be a privilege and for safety, not to go and kill people,” she said.
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Gun control is definitely not on the horizon for Texas, where Governor Greg Abbot recently signed into law nine bills, backed by the National Rifle Association, that will loosen up gun regulations starting on Sept. 1.
One of the new laws lifts a ban on carrying firearms in places of worship. That ban came after a gunman fatally shot 26 people at a church in Sutherland Springs. Another stops landlords from prohibiting firearms on their rental properties.
“Nike seeks profit through controversy, but with absolutely no regard for the consequences,” Tyler Merritt, the outfit’s CEO and a retired Army captain, told the station. “In its corporatist wake, it leaves behind anti-American sentiment and division, harming our country. But since Nike has no interest in displaying the Betsy Ross flag, a classic symbol of freedom and unity, then we proudly will. How far Nike has fallen. It was once an iconic American company. Now it can’t even stomach associating itself with one of the greatest moments in our country’s history, when individuals of diverse backgrounds put differences aside to fight tyranny and secure liberty, even as it continues to outsource jobs to China. The American people should support the red, white, and blue and boycott Nike and join our #NoToNike campaign. Nike says ‘just do it.’ We say just stand — stand for your beliefs and for your country.”
Nine Line Apparel added a Facebook post saying, “Apparently symbols of patriotism are now racist. It’s clear Kaepernick knows nothing about the country he lives in.”
In 2016, Kaepernick launched the trend of athletes kneeling during the nation anthem at sporting events in protest of police brutality and oppression of people of color. He didn’t get back on a team after that season, but he rose to fame for his stance — and then became the face of Nike’s 30th anniversary campaign.
What else did the clothing company have to say?
“Nine Line Apparel, along with relentlessly patriotic Americans everywhere, cannot believe the total ignorance and lack of understanding displayed by both Colin Kaepernick and Nike in relation to our country’s Betsy Ross flag, it’s symbolism, and meaning,” the company says on its Betsy Ross T-shirt page. “This early design of the flag of the United States depicts the original 13 colonies and represents the unity of these original American colonies in their fight against the British for our nation’s freedom during the Revolutionary War. It in no way, shape, or form alludes to slavery yet is a direct representation of freedom fought and earned by early Americans.”
The description adds that “we are only able to enjoy our liberties, rights, and lives as Americans today, because of what this flag has always symbolized and stood for” and that Nike and Kaepernick “are a disgrace to all freedom-loving Americans, choosing ignorance over patriotism.”
“For these reasons and so many more, we proudly stand for freedom and the Betsy Ross flag to say without recall or hesitation, just DON’T do it,” the description concludes.
The Betsy Ross T-shirt — which includes an image of the flag along with the word “Victory” — is on sale through Saturday.
‘If you’re going to legislate our bodies, then we have every right to propose legislation to regulate yours’
Despite her realization that it has little hope of passing, Georgia Democratic state Rep. Dar’shun Kendrick told Rolling Stone she’s “dead serious” about her much ballyhooed “Testicular Bill of Rights” she trumpeted Monday morning on Twitter.
Before men can get Viagra or or “any erectile dysfunction medication,” they have to get permission from their sexual partners.
Vasectomies are banned, and doctors who perform them are charged with crimes.
It’s “aggravated assault” for men to have sex without condoms.
Paternity testing is required between six and eight weeks of pregnancy — and then fathers-to-be must start paying child support “IMMEDIATELY.”
Men who want to purchase porn or sex toys must endure a 24-hour waiting period.
Kendrick added to Rolling Stone that her point is to “bring awareness to the fact that if you’re going to legislate our bodies, then we have every right to propose legislation to regulate yours.”
In regard to Georgia’s “heartbeat bill,” it’s expected to pass the state Senate and then would await Republican Gov. Brian Kemp’s signature, the magazine said.
‘They know exactly what they are doing’
Kendrick, a lawyer who represents Metro-Atlanta’s 93rd district, told Rolling Stone the bill is unconstitutional — and that’s the whole point.
“It’s unconstitutional on purpose: this is a test case. It is a case to test Roe v. Wade,” she added to the magazine. “They’re hoping that it gets up to the Court of Appeals — the 11th Circuit is one of the most conservative court circuits that we have, and they’re hopeful that they will uphold part of it, and then they’ll take it all the way to the Supreme Court. They know exactly what they are doing. This is intentional.”
Kendrick added to Rolling Stone that “in 2012, we had a bill that took [the cut-off to seek an abortion] from 26 weeks down to 20 weeks, and I knew that as soon as a Republican president got in office and was able to make Supreme Court nominations, that this was the direction we were headed.”
‘Georgia is going blue’
Beyond her Testicular Bill of Rights shot over the bow — which is “indicative of the people in power being scared that the tides are turning and we are going blue” — Kendrick told the magazine she’s looking at a bright future for Democrats in the state.
“Georgia is going blue: we picked up 17 seats this past legislative session,” she added to Rolling Stone. “So, as with most things, they are trying to rush it through because they know that it’s on the horizon. But if I am still here when Democrats take over, [the heartbeat bill] will be the first bill that I overturn if it’s not overturned already.”