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Just days after the El Paso shooting Pat McCrory compared his HB2 protestors to “the Klan times two”

This past Sunday, ex-Governor Pat McCrory chose to go on Meet the Press not even 48 hours after the white supremacist massacre in El Paso and center himself in the wake of the deadliest attack targeting Mexican immigrants in modern US History. Supposedly there to discuss how the nation should address gun safety and white nationalism, McCrory, in a cynical display of whataboutism, expressed that “the Left” was just as violent as right-wing white nationalist groups and cited his personal experience with anti-HB2 protesters to back up this claim.

The next day on his radio talk show, McCrory addressed his controversial Meet the Press claims. He doubled down on his accusations that “the Left” is just as dangerous as white supremacist terrorists, and claimed that antifa members, who McCrory alleges attacked his taxi following President Trump’s inauguration, “were like the Klan times two.” There was wide coverage of protesters heckling McCrory at the inauguration over his involvement in the discriminatory HB2 bathroom bill, but no reports that protesters were members of antifa. Furthermore, no mainstream media reports of the taxi attack exist. 

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Sen. Tillis and Sen. Burr care more about the NRA than the safety of North Carolinians

Out of 100 US Senators, both of North Carolina’s are in the top three for receiving the most NRA contributions. Sen. Richard Burr and Sen. Thom Tillis received almost $7 million and $4.4 million from the NRA, respectively, according to Public Citizen. In the wake of two mass shootings in Dayton, OH and El Paso, TX,  calls for gun safety reform are increasing. Unfortunately, it is hard to believe Burr or Tillis will betray their financiers and vote for commonsense gun safety reforms.

Tillis recently spoke in support of ‘red flag’ laws, a widely supported method of increasing gun safety, but it’s difficult to imagine he’d take real action on the issue based on his long, twisted history with the NRA.

In 2015, Tillis published an op-ed in the Washington Times graciously thanking the NRA for helping him get elected to the US Senate. In the article, Tillis reaffirms his dedication to gun rights and commitment to prevent any perceived adulteration of the Second Amendment. According to a report published in Politico, the NRA circumvented campaign finance regulations by creating a shell company to donate even more money to Tillis’s Senate campaign.

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NCGA Republicans refuse to even consider commonsense gun laws

Two more mass shootings in El Paso, TX, and Dayton, Ohio, over the weekend brought into sharp relief the failure of North Carolina Republicans to make commonsense changes to gun laws. Democrats filed two such bills this session, but Republicans refuse to allow votes on both. Instead of working to guarantee all North Carolinians can shop, worship, or simply exist without fear of being shot, Republicans have prioritized staying in the pocket of the NRA. The NRA is notorious for working hard to stifle gun violence research and has a rich history of supporting NC Republicans in order to influence policy.

Republicans refused to even hold a vote on commonsense gun safety measures. 
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A Senate bill would allow “unlimited handguns per permit,” but Rep. John Faircloth (R-Guilford), a 16-year police chief, says the idea is “one of the greatest concerns” of law enforcement

S90 appeared in its current form on Tuesday night and was discussed in committee the following day. The bill would let people buy unlimited handguns without needing multiple permits from their local sheriff. Currently, people who do not have their concealed carry permit must obtain a permit for each handgun they purchase. A committee vote is planned for Tuesday. 

Bill sponsor Sen. Danny Britt justified the change because many guns used in crimes were obtained illegally, so this bill makes it “easier for folks who buy firearms the legal way.” This harkens back to the time former Rep. Chris Millis argued the state should get rid of the concealed carry permit altogether because people wear jackets

Rep. John Faircloth, who served as High Point Chief of Police for 16 years, has long argued that allowing unlimited handguns is dangerous and deadly. Here he is on the House floor two years ago:

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Republicans continue their trend of playing politics with school safety, reject amendments to keep all students safe at school

The NC House voted today on a school safety omnibus bill, but the bill failed to make it to its 3rdand final reading today because Republicans rejected two amendments to the bill that would have improved safety at school for all children.

Rep. Jean Farmer-Butterfield proposed an amendment that would have added “cultural diversity” to the short list of things which school resource officers (SROs) must be specially trained on. Jeff Elmore was the only Republican to vote in favor of the amendment though a few were absent and three chose not to vote. The amendment failed, but earned support from every Democrat present.

A 2018 study found that putting more police in schools doesn’t make them safer and found that the state needs to evaluate and change the “philosophy on policing in schools.” Adding cultural diversity to the list of required trainings for SROs seems like an important step in addressing one piece of the study’s findings-that Black and Latinx students feel discriminated against by officers and less safe in their presence.

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North Carolina Legislator Profile Update: Rep. Scott Stone (R-Mecklenburg)

Scott Stone was appointed to House District 105 in May 2016 and won the election for the seat in November of the same year.He does not have any prior political experience, as he lost the race for Charlotte Mayor in both 2015 and 2011 and lost a race for Arlington County Board (VA) in 1996.

Stone is out-of-touch with his constituents. He added $287,000 worth of “housekeeping buildings” to his $459,500 home, meanwhile, he voted for bills that make it difficult for North Carolinians to get ahead. Stone blindly followed his party’s lead, voting to block an amendment that would have expanded Medicaid for several North Carolinians and voting in favor of several other bills that fail to protect working families in NC. He opposed raising the minimum wage and did not want to allow affordable housing near his south Charlotte neighborhood.

Despite boasting about the fact that he has children in the NC public school system, Stone has repeatedly voted for bills during his short time in office that fail to adequately fund public schools. He claims diversity in schools is a “politically driven issue” and opposes busing to increase diversity in Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools, claiming it is “not the answer.” Stone said, “the legislature is responsible for the education of students across the state,” but he has voted for Republican budgets that continue to fail NC’s education system.

Following the shooting in Parkland, FL, Stone followed his party’s lead and voted against amendments made by Democrats to a school safety bill that would have added gun-control restrictions. Stone prioritized gun rights over the safety of children at school. He once again proved he is out of touch with North Carolinians and will blindly follow the Republican party at any cost.

Click here for more about Stone's record. 

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North Carolina would be one of 11 other states that don’t require concealed carry permits because - jackets

North Carolina would join just 11 other states in doing away with concealed weapons permits under House Bill 746.  Under current law, concealed carry weapons permits are issued by law enforcement after individuals pass a minimal background check. North Carolina would become one of 12 states that do not require any type of permit for concealed handguns and would treat concealed handguns the same way as visible handguns. 

Rep. Chris Millis (R-Onslow, Pender) argued in committee that people could violate concealed carry laws when they wear jackets in the wintertime. Apparently this bill is more about fashion than doing the bidding of the NRA.

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