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Is mental illness becoming a catch-all for shredding the Constitution?

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In the aftershock of the February shooting at a high school at Parkland, FL, the state senate passed a feel-good bill that does little to prevent such tragedies from happening again but could do a great deal to bolster Governor Rick Scott’s upcoming campaign for US Senate since the bill is essentially his plan.

Replete with a host of Constitution-killing provisions, the bill that Democrat Senator Lauren Book said didn’t go far enough passed 20-18, thanks in large part to Republican Senator and Senate President Bill Galvano’s effort to push it through despite any Constitutional repercussions. Galvano defended himself by saying, “We’re hitting nerves. We’re going into areas that may not be our comfort zone.”

Yeah, Mr. Galvano, shredding the Constitution can be uncomfortable.

The bill went right down the “for the children” checklist used by anti-gun progressives, including raising the age to 21 to buy a gun and denying gun rights to people with mental health issues. Businesses that have adopted policies raising the age to 21 are beginning to pay the price–literally–due to lawsuits being filed for age discrimination, and the mental health approach is already creating a Constitutional crisis.

So far, five have passed laws that allow people to anonymously report perceived “threats” to local authorities who can then have the court issue an order to remove all firearms from people deemed a danger to themselves or others—by force, if necessary—using what is commonly referred to an “extreme risk protection order” (ERPO).

No warrant. No arrest. No charges.

So, what’s the worst that can happen with an extreme risk protection order? Seattle Police recently became the first law enforcement agency in the state of Washington to use an ERPO to forcibly confiscate guns from a man based only on the word of neighbors who complained that he “stared” at them while wearing a holstered firearm. Open carry is legal in the locality where he lives.

Though the man had no criminal record and had never been charged with a crime, Seattle Police used force to seize his guns, an action supported by one of the neighbors who reported him.

“I’m very supportive of this law. It was an immediate crisis and law enforcement was able to remove his firearms, so it very well could have saved lives.”

Well, gee. Since it “could” save lives, let’s all get behind Trump’s idea of seizing guns without due process. Heck, if it “could” save lives, let’s just void the Second Amendment altogether.

Florida legislators want us to believe that the Parkland, FL shooting wouldn’t have happened if their potpourri of gun laws had been in effect. However, the fact is that Nikolas Cruz had displayed multiple red flags under existing laws that should have prevented his purchase of firearms. The tragic event happened because local law enforcement and social workers from several agencies simply failed to perform their duties.

Unfortunately, in post-Constitutional America where politicians willingly leverage tragedies into opportunities to gain more control over our lives, serious problems like mental illness could become a catch-all used to shred our Constitutional rights.

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.


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‘Breastfeeding’ illegal alien Maria Domingo-Garcia charged with identity fraud

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Breastfeeding illegal alien Maria Domingo-Garcia charged with identity fraud

An illegal immigrant arrested in an early August ICE raid made national news this week when her lawyers claimed she was nursing mother who needed to breastfeed her 4-month-old daughter. But her claims have been contested by ICE as medical examinations show she is not lactating and she answered “no” when initially asked if she was breastfeeding. The narrative was created after the fact, according to ICE, and progressive legacy media pounced on it.

But Maria Domingo-Garcia’s situation is getting worse. She has now been charged with identity fraud stemming from willfully using someone else’s social security number to create a false identity. She is now in the custody of U.S. Marshals while awaiting federal trial.

Legacy media coverage of this story has been shoddy at best. They’re heavily reporting the story from the lawyers for Domingo-Garcia and reporting it as rock-solid evidence. But they’re splashing cold water on statements from Homeland Security that show all indicators point to Domingo-Garcia lying in order to gain her freedom. Considering she (1) Entered the country illegally to begin with, (2) Lied about her identity to illegally acquire documents that allowed her to work, and (3) Didn’t make her claims about breastfeeding until long after she was apprehended, it’s a safer bet that she’s lying, not ICE.

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As Domingo-Garcia’s lawyers press their story, her family has become the focus of media reports. It tugs on the heartstrings that this mother-of-three is separated from her husband and children, and it’s good that the community and their church have stepped up to help them. But the law is the law, and when you break the law, there are consequences for everyone involved. If identity fraud can be dismissed because the alleged criminal has a family, the law is meaningless.

As the saying goes, if you do the crime, you do the time. If Domingo-Garcia is found guilty of identity fraud, progressive media and Democrats will cry foul because of her family. Would they do the same for an American citizen committing identity fraud?

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Illegal alien Kevin Mendoza charged with 1st degree rape in Maryland sanctuary county

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Illegal alien Kevin Mendoza charged with 1st degree rape in Maryland sanctuary county

The ongoing fight by sanctuary jurisdictions to protect criminal illegal immigrants has claimed another victim. A young woman was brutally raped and severely beaten by an illegal alien while trying to enter her Silver Springs, MD, apartment complex.

This is the fourth such occurrence in the county in the last month. But as ICE continues to issue detainers for local law enforcement to release them to federal custody for deportation, the county continues allowing these vicious criminals out on the streets. The protection of criminal illegal immigrants supersedes the safety of American citizens in these sanctuary jurisdictions.

Kevin Mendoza, 26, has been charged with 1st degree rape and 2nd degree attempted murder. He is a former resident of the apartment complex where the victim lives.

The police statement tells of a gruesome crime allegedly committed by Mendoza. But even as heinous as this crime was, it’s unlikely law enforcement will be allowed by politicians to honor the detainer. If he is released on bond, he will almost certainly vanish into the wind, as happens so often in these cases where sanctuary jurisdictions release criminal illegal aliens.

According to Nate Madden at Conservative Review, this is becoming a trend across the country:

Yet another illegal alien charged with rape in notorious Maryland sanctuary county

Montgomery County was also the setting for the infamous Rockville rape case, in which a 14-year-old girl was allegedly brutally raped by two illegal immigrants in a public school bathroom. One of the accused was from Guatemala, the other from El Salvador.

This news also follows on the heels of a report last week from North Carolina, where ICE says that Mecklenburg County — which contains the city of Charlotte — release another illegal alien accused of first-degree rape despite an ICE detainer.

Out west last week, ICE arrested a 59-year-old Mexican national who had been convicted of “sex assault on a child” but given no jail time. The agency claims that Boulder County, Colorado, ignored its detainer requests in this case, just as they did for the same person in 2017, when he was arrested for aggravated assault.

Democrats must be made to acknowledge their sanctuary jurisdiction policies are harming American citizens AND the legal and illegal immigrant communities they say they’re protecting. It’s a failed experiment. Let’s end this madness now.

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We don’t need ‘red flag’ gun confiscation laws. The solution to the problem is already in place.

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We dont need red flag gun confiscation laws The solution to the problem is already in place

Laws for Civil Commitment procedures that also protect due process are in place in every state -‘crisis’ solved QED.

The Authoritarian Socialist Left keeps on insisting that there is a ‘serious crisis’ and that Gun Confiscation SWATing laws are desperately needed before anyone can rationally think through their true implications of destroying due process and the presumption of innocence.

The problem for the Left is that there really isn’t a ‘crisis’ since there are laws on the books to handle situations where someone may be a danger to themselves. We have already proven this here, therefore, there is no reason to implement these draconian measures that will serve to eviscerate multiple parts of the bill of rights in one fell swoop. Thus the solution to this problem should be pretty straightforward, point this out to everyone and move on to other issues of greater importance.

Solving the problem by simply pointing out that the solution already exists.

We supposedly need to discuss this issue immediately, without any delay. Fine, it is just a matter of having President Trump or Senate Majority Leader McConnell schedule a formal announcement on this allegedly intractable issue. This announcement would simply reiterate that laws for Civil Commitment are already on the books, so there is no reason to waste precious time in debating a non-issue. We also have the added bonus that these laws also protect civil Liberties, something of primary importance for those of us on the pro-Liberty Right.

It will be a formal announcement that there is absolutely no reason for these laws, followed with a press kit detailing Civil Commitment procedures in every state. Then it will be logical to ask why the authoritarian Left keeps on demanding news laws for a problem that has already been solved. Please note that they are essentially doing that on the Intergalactic Background Check issue, since these also already exist, but that’s a separate issue.

Consider the reasons why the politicians should accept this elegant solution to the problem:

  • It wouldn’t require any new laws.
  • It wouldn’t take any political wrangling.
  • It would solve the problem immediately.
  • It would protect the bill of rights –specifically the 2nd, 4th, 5 and 6th amendments.
  • It will resolve the situation with minimum trouble.

Why aren’t the politicians already calling for this perfect solution to the problem?

There are only two reasons why this perfect solution has not been brought forward by the legislators on either side. Either they don’t know the law – which is absurd – or they want the power they would attain from ‘Red Flag’ Gun Confiscation.

Legislators really have only one job – to understand and perfect the law. They should have already known about this solution. This means they only have one reason to push for Gun Confiscation SWATing laws. These politicians would clearly like to expand their own power, even now, Democratic presidential contender Kamala Harris is salivating at confiscating the guns of those merely accused of ‘thought Crime’.
Who know what clever ways they will develop for their new-found power? We’ve already shown that these laws don’t work as advertised, that they have caused more problems than they have solved and they are a civil rights nightmare. Why are they being imposed by the government to solve a problem that has been already addressed?

The Bottom-Line.

This editorial could have been just two lines – the headline and the subhead – summarizing the whole point. Solving the problem that gun Confiscation SWATing is supposed to address is simply a matter of following existing law. The same could be said for liberticidal Leftist power grabs – Intergalactic Background Checks, the ‘Assault Weapon’ scam.. er ban and most everything else. It’s already illegal for felons and others to possess firearms. Thus, these measures are like making things double secret, illegal, in the vain hope that people who don’t follow the law [hence the term ‘lawbreaker’] will suddenly do so because of the magic of a new law on the books.

In the specific example here, the laws already exist and they protect due process. Politicians on both sides of the aisle simply need to step up and use them instead of trying to use the latest ‘serious crisis’ to grab even more power for themselves.

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