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Advocates hope for a Biden drive on gun legislation, but the odds are bleak.

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Advocates hope for a Biden drive on gun legislation, but the odds are bleak.
Advocates hope for a Biden drive on gun legislation, but the odds are bleak.

Advocates hope for a Biden drive on gun legislation, but the odds are bleak.

 

President Joe Biden delivered a prime-time speech to the nation and presided over a Rose Garden ceremony after Congress approved the massive COVID-19 relief bill.

After the House passed legislation requiring background checks for gun sales, a long-standing Democratic concern, there was not even a comment from the White House.

After a string of mass shootings, Biden’s views on gun control have changed along with his party, from a reluctance to introduce too many limits that blue-collar Democrats opposed to a near-unanimous call to do something about gun violence.

Even common policies like background checks are low on Biden’s priority list in the early months of his presidency, and their chances in the Senate are bleak.

The two bills passed by the House last week would broaden background checks on gun sales, marking the first major progress on gun control since Democrats gained control of both houses of Congress and the White House.

They’re among a slew of big bills passed by House Democrats in recent weeks, including ones to extend voting rights and promote union organizing, that now face an uncertain fate in the Senate. Biden’s supporters are hoping that he will become more interested in the background check legislation.

“I hope and expect President Biden to be able to participate in hand-to-hand lobbying in the Senate on background checks,” said Connecticut Democrat Sen. Chris Murphy, who has led the Senate’s drive for gun control.

Early in his Senate career, Biden was more conservative on gun issues, but by the mid-1990s, he had helped pass the Brady bill, which required federal background checks for gun sales, and he had written the 1994 crime bill, which contained a 10-year assault weapons ban.

During his presidential campaign, Biden supported a broad gun-control platform, endorsing an assault weapons ban and buyback policy that was once seen as divisive and is unlikely to be implemented in a divided Congress.

Last month, on the third anniversary of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting, Biden released a statement reiterating his support for such reforms, causing the National Rifle Association to call him “increasingly hostile” to gun rights.

In a tweet, Biden said, “Today, I am calling on Congress to pass commonsense gun law changes, such as enforcing background checks on all gun purchases, banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and ending protection for gun manufacturers who knowingly place weapons of war on our streets.”

However, the bills that just passed the House gained just a smattering of Republican support, and they face a much more difficult path in the Senate, where 10 Republicans will have to join all 50 Democrats and independents for them to pass.

Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-South Carolina, who introduced one of the bills, indicated that in order to move them forward, Democrats would have to drop the 60-vote threshold for passing legislation.

In an interview, Clyburn said, “I think it’s about time for us to get rid of the filibuster.”

However, a number of Democrats, including Biden, have expressed resistance to changing the filibuster. As a result, gun-control proponents are hoping that the politics of gun control have changed so that more Republicans would be able to support legislation that is broadly accepted by the American public.

With Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., pledging a floor vote on the background check measures, Democrats are confident that Republicans will rise to the occasion.

They’re also inspired by the NRA’s diminishing power, which filed for bankruptcy this year after being outspent for the first time in the 2018 election by gun-control groups.

Last week, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said, “I think the implosion of the NRA, the increasing support among the American people, and the inevitability of increased support gives us an opportunity we haven’t had before.” “What has changed is that we now have a president who can place pressure on our colleagues,” he said.

While much of Biden’s gun-control agenda is unlikely to succeed in a Senate that is evenly split, some of his policies can be enforced by prioritizing federal resources. For example, Biden has suggested directing the FBI to notify state and local law enforcement authorities if anyone attempting to purchase a gun fails a background check. He’s also said he’ll ask his attorney general to look at ways to improve gun laws’ compliance.

However, the Biden administration has yet to indicate how the president will participate. Biden is looking forward to working with Congress “to advance agendas, including repealing weapons manufacturers’ liability shields,” according to White House press secretary Jen Psaki. He “will look for opportunities to be engaged” on the background check bills, she said.

Democrats continue to face electoral obstacles. Although 57 percent of Americans want tighter gun controls, according to a Gallup poll released in November, this was the lowest number in favor since 2016. In January, gun sales set a new high, continuing a year-long upward trend.

Pat Toomey, a Republican from Pennsylvania, and Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, have been working together for years to find a solution on background checks.

Toomey’s office said in a statement that the senator supports a previous bipartisan proposal with Manchin, but that “action on this issue is only possible if the bill in question is narrow and respects the rights of law-abiding gun owners.”

Despite this, supporters say they are hopeful that with a largely united Democratic Party and the president on their side, they will hopefully see some change.

Everytown USA President John Feinblatt cited Democratic victories in the 2018 midterm elections, in which he campaigned publicly for gun control, as proof that politics is shifting.

“The White House and both chambers of Congress are dominated by Democrats. He said that the NRA is in the worst shape it has ever been. “It’s become clear that gun-control regulations aren’t just sound policy; they’re also good politics.”

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Firestarter 2022, a remake of the original movie based on Stephen King’s underrated novel has changed a lot of things.

The story revolves around a couple and her daughter Charlie (Protagonist). The couple gained their supernatural powers as college students who agreed to volunteer for a scientific test. They were unaware of the fact that a shady organization was planning to inject them with a serum named Lot Six.

The serum unlocked their inbuilt powers and allowed them to control them but with it takes a toll for their body or soul. Their daughter Charlie McGee played by Ryan Kiera Armstrong had some impeccable powers. She inherited both her parent’s powers plus she had some fearful power to produce fire and explosion by just using her mind.

Ever since she was a child, her parents have had to keep her safe from the organization as they were searching for them. They wanted to use her as a destructive weapon. As she was growing her powers were getting difficult to control. The new head of the organization captain Hollister sends a relentless assassin known as Rainbird to take captive of her.

Why Did She Come To The Organization?

After her dad was held captive by The Shop(Organization). She was tricked by Rainbird who had the powers of telepathy and manipulation by talking to her;  impersonating her dad to come and save her. She believed that and came to his rescue.

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Rainbird’s Heart Change

Rainbird was given the task to hold captive Charlie for The Shop to use her as a mass destructive weapon. Although he just wanted to live a quiet life and leave his previous life behind. But The Shop exerted pressure on him to take on the task.

But while he was fighting with her mother Vicky, she tells him, “When you see her, you’ll understand”, and during the first encounter with Charlie, she blasted him away in anger and sets her house on fire, and he went into a dilemma whether he should follow the orders or he should save them as from The Shop.

He didn’t want The Shop to use her as a weapon like him. While talking to the new head Captain Hollister he said “She will come for him, as she will come for us all” and he also explained that “She is my sister, my mother.” In the end, he accepts his fate and kneels in front of Charlie for her to pass on the judgment.

What Happened In The End?

Rainbird was kneeling in front of Charlie waiting for the judgment to be passed on him. But then Charlie looked at herself in the mirror with blood on her face and reminded herself that she is not being herself and spared rainbird.

Charlie went out of the facility and sits at the beach nearby. As Charlie was still young with fearful powers, she will need guidance to be on the right path;  despite being young she already knew that. So, when Rainbird offered her hand she held which means she has already forgiven him yet she will not forget what he did. She already realized that he was the only one who could understand her, guide her, and would fight to protect her.

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A Message From Brianna Ending Explained

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Leonard and Kathy, with their daughter of three, having developmental issues, decide to move to Leonard’s grandparents’ place, where he grew up. The story basically revolves around the creepy incidents that occurred after they settled into their new home.

Story development is rather slow as the story takes a vintage approach to horror, with the transfer and appearance of a supernatural creature who has a connection to the place. The story tries to enlighten the effects of rape on the victims in a horror movie-style way.

The movie Can Be Streamed On BET+

The response from the audience is rather low for now since the film is a low-budget horror; that might not appeal to some horror buffs. Nevertheless, the storyline, cast, and design seem unique for 2021. This film has a lot of potential, given the opportunity.

How To Stream The Movie?

The movie, ‘A message from Brianna’, can be streamed on BET+ from May 12, 2022. Bet+ is a newly developed streaming platform featuring a wide selection of movies, including ‘A message from Brianna’.

The above-mentioned movie isn’t available on Netflix, Prime Video, Hotstar, etc. So, the BET+ platform streams this show which requires a subscription of $9.99 per month, with commercial-free series or movies.

A Message from Brianna (2021) - IMDb

Cast

The movie stars Vernon Davis and Asia’s Epperson as the main characters, Leonard and Kathy respectively. Davis, a retired NFL (National Football League) Tight End, is now an executive producer and actor. Starting his own production company, ‘Reel 85 Production’, Davis is now focusing on developing the entertainment industry. Epperson is an actress known primarily for her role in GreenLeaf (2016), Straight Outta Compton (2015), and American Idol (2002).

Other cast members include Adaisha Strong as Crystal (the ghost), Kevin Benton as Bernard, Stan J. Adams as Pastor Hunt, and Liana Kristina Mayer-Reinach as Brianna.

The Ending

Coming to the end of the movie, the director and writer, DeShan Hardy, seems to embrace the idea of leaving the rest of the imagination to the audience themselves. The last scene showed how Leonard (Davis) had accepted the possession of his wife Kathy’s body; by the spirit of his childhood crush; Crystal, who was using the body of Brianna as a passageway to the real world.

They have a perfect life, the dream family now. then Leonard’s grandfather’s; who used to be the abuser of Crystal, before his wife killed Crystal when she was pregnant, look-alike person gives Crystal a smile which she returns back.

This raises the question, now that they’re both dead, is there any possibility that he might try to possess Davis’s body in order to get Crystal? Or will Crystal finally be able to take her revenge?

Without expanding our ideas further, it is better to let things be and accept that they are a happy family now. And, the ending cleared one thing for the audience: Crystal wasn’t the villain in the story, at least not the only one.

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Mayans M.C. Season 4 Episode 6: May 17 Release, Time And What To Know Before Watching?

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A spin-off based on one of the characters from ‘Sons of Anarchy’, Mayans M.C. is a TV series falling under two of the most interesting genres, Crime, and Drama. The perfect combo.

Mayans M.C, standing for Mayans Motorcycle Club, sprouts from Sons of Anarchy, wherein the club used to be an enemy of the sons but turned into an ally later in the show.

The series particularly focuses on the struggles of Ezekiel ‘EZ’ Reyes, a part of the Mayans M.C.

With cartel violence coming into play and ruining Ezekiel’s dream, his need for vengeance takes over and leads him to an unintended yet inescapable life.

What to Expect?

The 5th of Episode was a pleasant one that concluded with a bang. The viewers witnessed all of the characters take the next big step in their life throughout the show. From the creation of relationships to the emergence of new problems and challenges,  various advancements were made. While the arrival of Sons of Anarchy was something many expected, fresh tensions have now arisen amid the ongoing battle.

EZ is juggling multiple responsibilities. Alvarez considers him as the Mayans’ future, and EZ must display this by keeping peace among the Mayan clans. He has also discovered a new love interest in Sofia, while still trying to figure out why JayJay approached him about his jailbreak.

EZ tries to keep the peace, but it doesn’t work out well. As a result, Alvarez decides to eliminate cancer from the gang. We’re curious if it has something to do with the “kill switch clause” that EZ suggested in the prior episode. Finally, the investigation of Marlon’s death by the PIs is most likely a fresh addition to EZ’s problems, something he is currently unaware of. So, at least for EZ, there will most likely be multiple issues to deal with, therefore making the show all the more interesting and gripping.

Now, while Angel’s narrative is still a side story on the show, let’s talk about him. Adelita now has a baby, so there is progress. Angel is already having trouble coming to terms with ever being a father because he believes his child with Adelita is dead. We’re curious how he’ll respond to this news. Finally, Sons of Anarchy is combating Mayans who aren’t on the same wavelength as them. In the upcoming episodes, we’ll see how this war will bring them together.

Mayans M.C. Season 4: Who is Threat to the Gang? - WPage

Cast

Starring big names like J. D. Pardo as Ezekiel “EZ” Reyes, Clayton Cardenas as Angel Reyes, Sarah Bolger as Emily Galindo, Michael Irby as Obispo “Bishop” Losa, Carla Baratta as Luisa “Adelita” Espina, Raoul Trujillo as Che “Taza” Romero, Richard Cabral as Johnny “El Coco” Cruz, Danny Pino as Miguel Galindo, Edward James Olmos as Felipe Reyes, and Emilio Rivera as Marcus Álvarez, the cast is a fabulous mix of chemistry and acting.

Where to Stream?

Episode 6 of the 4th season is set to premiere on the 17th of May, 2022 and all four seasons of Mayans M.C. are available for streaming on Disney + Hotstar.

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