“Democrats are prioritizing special interests over the American people by passing a $1.9 trillion wish list disguised as ‘relief.’ In reality, less than 10% of the bill is for directly combating COVID-19, with just 1% for vaccines. Their waste-filled bill is not what our country needs at a time when 31% of Asian Pacific Americans say they are relying on COVID relief to get by during these trying times.” – Kara Caldwell, Deputy Director of Media Affairs, APA
Even Democrats are admitting that there is wasteful spending in their $1.9 trillion wish list, and for good reason – there’s a lot of it.
When confronted on the obscene levels of spending in their “relief” bill, Democrat Rep. Tom Suozzi admitted there is “waste.”
Here are a few lowlights:
$600 million for San Francisco, nearly erasing the city’s budget deficit after it spent money on “free alcohol, marijuana and tobacco to homeless people.”
$800 million for foreign food aid.
$470 million for the humanities, arts, and museums.
$100 million for the EPA to address “pollution.”
$20 million for “language preservation.”
$86 billion for a pension bailout that pre-dates COVID-19.
$1.7 billion for Amtrak.
All told, less than 10% of the Democrats’ wish list is for directly combating COVID-19 and just 1% is for vaccines.
Bottom Line: Americans deserve meaningfully targeted relief, not wasteful, hyper-partisan spending. But once again, Democrats are putting special interests over the American people.
Deputy Director of Media Affairs, AAPI
Republican National Committee
New Study: Record Gun Sales in Illinois, Nationally and 39 States During Pandemic in 2020
During times of unrest in America, gun sales have historically spiked, and a new study analyzing 20 years of data shows the pandemic in 2020 led to a record-breaking year for gun sales in Alabama, nationally and in 39 states.
Gun sales had been trending downward in Illinois for several years, and while 2020 isn’t on track to be a record year (Illinois’ record for gun sales was in 2016), 2020 looks to be the second-highest year for firearms sales in Illinois. Nationally, a record 23 million guns were sold in 2020, a 60% increase from 2019.
SafeHome.org today released a study: Guns in the U.S.: 20 Years of State and Federal Data using data from 2000 through October 2020 from the FBI, U.S. Census Bureau, CDC, among others.
The unprecedented spike in 2020 can be attributed to the worst pandemic since 1918, and social and political unrest, not seen since the 1960’s and the Civil War, respectively. It also marks the continuation of a 20-year trend of more guns in America.
Key Findings in Illinois:
Illinois ranks in the top 15 for total gun sales in 2020.
2020 Total Sales: 529,840 (15th)
2020 Per Capita Sales: 0.057(40th)
2000-2020 Total Sales Change: 225%(17th)
2000-2020 Per Capita Sales Change: 200% (12th)
Key National Findings:
Gun sales in 2020 increased by 158% from gun sales in 2000.
Since 2000, gun sales have risen in every state, the majority increasing by triple digits.
25 states had record sales months in 2020 —16 of them in March when coronavirus lockdowns began.
16 states had record sales months in December 2012, the month of the Sandy Hook shooting, and six states in December 2015, the month of the San Bernardino shooting.
To view the full study and methodology, please visit: SafeHome.org . Thanks, Brock Cohen