Thoughts on “Red Flag” Laws
I’m by no means an anti-gun control fanatic. I believe if you take politics out of the discussion, there are reasonable compromises to protect gun ownership for law-abiding citizens while keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous criminals. However, there is one measure I passionately oppose — Red Flag laws. Essentially, these are laws that prevent gun ownership by those who have raised a number of “red flags” indicating they may commit deadly acts, such as violent social media posts, mental health hospitalization, and prior criminal records. On the surface these sound reasonable, but the problem is who interprets what are considered red flags? What if you were in a ballroom brawl as a stupid teenager? What if you posted on Facebook: “My husband forgot our anniversary; I’m going to kill him”, “Our borders need to be defended”, “Illegal immigrants are a threat to my family’s safety”, “The mainstream media are the enemy of the people”, “We need a new American revolution”, and so on. What if Netflix & Amazon released your viewing history to show you like murder shows? What if you’re a history buff who has read books about Hitler? The examples are endless on what could be used as justification under Red Flag laws to take guns from law-abiding Americans. Many in the media and Democratic party have labelled all Trump supporters as racists or white nationalists. Why not label all Trump voters as red flag threats? It may sound ridiculous, but who decides? More than likely unelected government agencies will enforce the laws, with challenges only available in a slow-moving legal system packed with Obama & Clinton-appointed liberal judges. Red Flag laws are the same as “hate speech” laws and Big Tech censorship, which have been stretched and twisted to essentially shutdown speech of anyone who doesn’t toe the politically-correct liberal line. Do not give Big Brother another tool to take away more Constitutional freedoms!
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