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2020 Gun sales shatter records amid a year of riots & election unrest



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More Americans decided to exercise their Second Amendment rights this year than ever before—following months of violent rioting, election unrest, and lockdowns.

A new report by Just the News spells out the sheer number of Americans who purchased guns this year.

The FBI reported the largest number of background checks conducted in its history and the “highest increase of checks year-over-year in over two decades.”

The FBI background check database National Instant Criminal Background Check System saw the busiest November in history with over 3.6 million checks conducted over the course of the month—a 40 percent increase from last November.

In the month of June, the FBI reported a total 3,931,607 checks, almost hitting 4 million for the first time ever.

The FBI has recorded 35,758,249 checks so far in 2020, a number that is already beating 2019 by 26%—which saw nearly 28,400,000 background checks.

“Gun sales have been high and steady this entire year, even during the [COVID-19] shutdown,” Peyton Galanti, spokeswoman for Colonial Shooting Academy in Richmond, Va, told Just the News, claiming that the record sales have been driven by “first-time gun buyers” and “people who never thought they’d own a gun.”

It doesn’t look like gun control will be a popular political issue in the near future.

Read about all the broken records here.

You can follow Ben Wilson on Twitter @BenDavisWilson

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REPORT: China has vast network of covert police stations around the world



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China has a vast network of covert police stations abroad, according to a recent report by Safeguard Defenders, an NGO that focuses on human rights violations in China and other Asian countries. These police stations serve consular functions, but are also used by China to crack down on what the CCP deems “illegal” activity of Chinese nationals abroad. The police stations include at least 38 run by the Fuzhou City police, and 22 run by the Qingtian City police. Cities housing these police stations include New York, Toronto (which has three stations), London (two), Paris (three), Buenos Aires, Rio De Janeiro, and Tokyo.

Key findings of the report are below.

“Persuaded to return”

According to China, China has “persuaded to return [to China]” 230,000 Chinese nationals living aboard from April 2021 to July 2022 alone to face charges of fraud and telecommunications fraud. A Yangxia police station set up in Mozambique, for example, persuaded a Chinese national to return to China after being accused of stealing money from his employer. Chinese authorities also put pressure on the accused family to convince the accused to surrender.

Roughly 54,000 Chinese nationals were persuaded to return from northern Myanmar alone, in the first nine months of 2021. In July 2022, the government of Wenchang City warned that its citizens living in northern Myanmar must check in with their local police stations or face multiple penalties including blocking their children from attending urban schools back in China. Similarly, in February 2022, the government of Liayang City stated that Chinese “illegally staying” in northern Myanmar must return or the bank accounts of their immediate family members could be frozen.

The Nine Forbidden Countries

China has claimed that nine countries contain serious levels of fraud and telecom fraud perpetrated by Chinese nationals. Since November 2021, China has declared that Chinese citizens living in these nine countries must return to China immediately unless they have an “emergency reason” or a “strict necessity” to travel or stay in those countries. Those countries are: Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, the UAE, and Turkey. However, the report questions whether these countries are truly awash in such fraud, as most of China’s oversees police stations are in the West, and only one of the nine countries (Cambodia) has such a police station. Chinese staying in the nine forbidden countries, as well as threats to family members as stated above, creates a “guilt-by-association” atmosphere intended to repatriate the Chinese nationals.


According to the report, Chinese police stations abroad serve to bypass “bilateral extradition treaties or other mechanisms of judicial cooperation” to cooperate with CCP-linked NGOs which effectively “[sets] up an alternative policing and judicial system within third countries.” Instead of using international judicial cooperation, which establishes due process, the presumption of innocence, and the right to a fair trial, China uses the above “persuade-to-return” methods and transnational police stations to circumvent international law and coerce Chinese nationals to return to China for trials. These policies show the power of China’s long-arm oppression over its own subjects.

You can follow Steve Postal on Twitter @HebraicMosaic

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