Author: Thomas DiGennaro

Thomas has been a Contributor at 71Republic since November 2018 and an Associate Editor since January 2019. He is an Undergraduate student of Philosophy at Long Island University: C.W. Post Campus. On campus, he is a Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Democracy and Liberalism under Director Dr Shawn Welnak. He is most passionate about gun rights, more libertarian forms of government, free speech, and free markets.

Antifa Member Killed After ICE Attack in Tacoma

Thomas DiGennaro | @tom.digennaro

On the early morning of July 13th, a member of Antifa attacked the ICE Northwest Detention Center. The detention center serves as a holding facility for those facing deportation. More recently it has also housed parents separated from their children at the border under Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy towards undocumented immigrants. Six hours prior to the attack, a protest was held at the center.

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Gun Groups and Local Sheriffs Challenge Colorado Magazine Ban

Thomas DiGennaro | @tom.digennaro

In 2013, the state of Colorado enacted a ban on magazines with a capacity of over 15 rounds. The sale, transfer, and possession of “large capacity magazines” became illegal. This legislation came in wake of the Aurora Theatre and Sandy Hook shooting. The state legislature passed this ban, which then-governor John Hickenlooper added his signature to. The ban became law on July 1st, 2013.

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Suppressors: Trump’s Next Infringement

Thomas DiGennaro | @tom.digennaro

On May 31st, 2019, a shooter open fired and killed 12 in Virginia Beach’s Municipal Center. The shooter used two pistols to carry out this attack. Both of the shooter’s handguns were .45 caliber and legally owned and purchased. USA Today reports that the shooter attached a suppressor to at least one handgun. Police responded to the scene which led to a “long gun battle” in which the shooter was killed.

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Oppressive Gun Bills in the Oregon State Legislature

Thomas DiGennaro | @tom.digennaro

OR SB 501 is still currently circling around in the Senate Judiciary Committee. This Oregon gun bill, nicknamed the “Oregon Gunpocalypse”, imposes ridiculous restraints on legal gun owners. OR SB 978 is also gaining traction in the State Senate. OR HB 3223 is in the House Judiciary Committee as well. Clearly, someone ignorant on the subject of firearms drafted these bills. High School students, “Students for Change”, drafted OR SB 501, which State Senator Robert Wagner proposed. Apparently drafting gun bills when you know nothing about guns is a trend in Oregon.

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Gun Rights: Death By A Thousand Cuts

As much as I hate to admit it, they’re never going to just “come and take it”. Disarmament of American gun owners and the death of their rights will be a very gradual and well-disguised process. There obviously is not enough support for such extreme measures of gun control, given that 43% of all American households own at least one firearm. They won’t be coming for your shotguns and bolt action rifles and commonly owned handguns… yet.

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