I think this was among the most interesting things @AdamSerwer talked about on the podcast this week. There's a lot to unpack when it comes to guns and racism in America. I think his perspective is very valuable here.
@AdamSerwer As Adam discusses here, a lot of American gun-control policies (including may-issue permitting) originated during slavery or after reconstruction. They often started explicitly racist and morphed into implicitly racist laws. We still see gun laws with a disparate impact by race.
But, Black Americans are more likely to support gun-control laws than White Americans. The tension there gets little discussion in gun-rights circles, and I think it's an interesting one. Adam argues it's largely due to concerns over gun violence. thereload.com/podcast-the-at…
We talk more at length about this in the full podcast. I think it's worth a listen. You can find it on your favorite podcasting app, YouTube, or The Reload's website: thereload.com/podcast-the-at…
If you appreciate sober, serious discussion on firearms politics and policy, you should consider joining The Reload's free weekly newsletter. It goes out every Friday and gives a roundup of the week's gun news: thereload.com/free-newslette…

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The NRA ran a $40.5 million surplus in 2020 despite revenue falling $19.4 million from 2019 and $78.2 million from 2018. The surplus was the result of aggressive cost cutting in nearly every sector. thereload.com/nra-finished-2…
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“My Attorney General ended that,” McAuliffe said, “but it then gave me leverage to negotiate because no one has ever come into Virginia, in Virginia’s history, with a concealed permit and hurt anybody in Virginia.” thereload.com/mcauliffe-in-2…
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The fast-approaching Virginia governor's race is very close. The comments unearthed by @TheReloadSite today could have an impact on the outcome. Guns have not been a significant issue to this point. Will that change? thereload.com/mcauliffe-in-2…
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McAuliffe did not respond to a request for comment. A spokesman for Republican Glenn Youngkin said the comments were further reason gun owners should vote for him. thereload.com/mcauliffe-in-2…
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There is a media narrative forming around David Chipman's failed nomination that overlays events that had little or no impact on his confirmation and downplays events that had a significant impact. thereload.com/analysis-the-p…
Much of the media attention surrounding Chipman's failed nomination focused on a debunked claim he was in a picture standing in front of the burned Waco compound. But that controversy played little roll in his actual confirmation. thereload.com/analysis-the-p…
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The NRA is not allowing me inside the board meeting since it is closed to press. Only staff and those with active memberships are allowed inside. I covered the last board meeting despite not having an active membership but there may have been some sort of miscommunication.
Either way, I'll be waiting outside the meeting and expect to be told of everything substantial that takes place inside. So, no worries there.
Here's the slate of NRA executives that will be put up for a vote during the board meeting. There is only one option being presented for each position, but there may be others put up for nomination during the meeting. Image
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