A judge has ruled that the decades-old assault weapons ban in California violates the Second Amendment, while Joe Manchin (D-WV) will not support Biden’s voting rights bill, Facebook suspends Trump for 2 years, and more top stories in conservative politics.
Second Amendment: Judge Overturns California’s Assault Weapons Ban
A federal judge in San Diego overturned a three-decade ban on assault weapons in California, calling it a violation of the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez issued a permanent injunction that takes effect in 30 days, Fox reported.
Benitez compared the AR-15 rifle to a Swiss Army knife.
“[The AR-15 is] a perfect combination of home defense weapon and homeland defense equipment,” Benitez said. “Good for both home and battle.”
Manchin Deals Major Blow to Agenda of Biden and Democrats
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) said on Sunday he will not support federal voting rights legislation proposed by Democrats, the Washington Post reported.
In an op-ed in the Charleston Gazette-Mail, Manchin said he thought the ‘For the People Act’ was too partisan.
The right to vote is fundamental to our American democracy and protecting that right should not be about party or politics,” Manchin wrote. “Least of all, protecting this right, which is a value I share, should never be done in a partisan manner.”
“Some in my party have argued that now is the time to discard such bipartisan voting reforms and embrace election reforms and policies solely supported by one party,” Manchin added. “Respectfully, I do not agree…I will vote against the For the People Act.”
Facebook Bans Trump for 2 Years, Possibly Longer
Facebook announced on Friday that it is suspending former President Donald Trump from its platform for two years, until at least January 7, 2023, CNN reported. The move effectively hamstrings Trump from using the social media site to stump for conservative candidates in the 2022 midterm elections.
However, Facebook could extend the ban, also affecting the 2024 presidential contest.
“[Facebook] will look to experts to assess whether the risk to public safety has receded,” Nick Clegg, Facebook’s vice president for global affairs, said in a post regarding Trump. “We will evaluate external factors, including instances of violence, restrictions on peaceful assembly and other markers of civil unrest.”
“If we determine that there is still a serious risk to public safety,” Clegg clarified, “we will extend the restriction for a set period of time and continue to re-evaluate until that risk has receded.”
Watchdog Group Says Zuckerberg’s Cash Swayed Georgia Election
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla Chan donated $350 million to the Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL) for grants toward election administration to the 48 contiguous states and Washington, D.C. $31 million of that donation went to Georgia for the general election, and $14.5 million went two Georgia counties for the state’s two January runoff elections, where Democrats flipped both seats to take the Senate majority.
A report by the Foundation for Government Accountability contends that grant money across the country favored Democratic-leaning counties, Fox reported.
The CTCL gave roughly four times more money from the Zuckerberg-financed grants to blue counties in Georgia than it gave to red counties, according to the FGA analysis.