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GOP fear mongers about socialism while ignoring real threat to liberty: anti-gun laws

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GOP fear mongers about socialism while ignoring real threat to liberty anti-gun laws

Last week, members of the Democratic Socialists of America serving in Congress officially introduced the Green New Deal, a liberty-killing plan that promises to end global warming and poverty while simultaneously curing every “social, economic, racial, regional and gender-based” injustice.

Donald Trump, members of the GOP, and so-called conservative media types like Sean Hannity have been busy fear mongering about the Green New Deal, trying to turn it into an issue ahead of 2020 — vote Republican because #notSocialist — but they’re ignoring a much more serious threat to liberty.

I’m talking about the end of the Second Amendment.

On second thought, maybe they’re not ignoring it. Based on two anti-gun stories in the news last week, Republicans at every level of government and their minions are working with the Far-Left to disarm America, turning the “land of the free” into a full-blown police state.

First, in a Newsmax.com article we learn about how the states are continuing to expand their power to seize the guns of law-abiding citizens without due process via the use of Extreme Risk Protection Orders — aka ERPOs or Red Flag laws. These laws allow police or household members to petition a judge to issue a court order requiring people deemed to be a “threat” to surrender their weapons to the authorities. No charges. No warrant.

Since the shooting at a high school in Parkland, FL one year ago, this Constitutionally questionable approach to public safety has been spreading like wildfire. The total number of states with ERPO laws has grown nearly 200 percent, from five to fourteen, since the Florida shooting and has resulted in record numbers of gun seizures. Sadly, more states are lining up to join in on the anti-gun fun.

The enthusiasm over anti-gun laws is growing in Washington thanks to some of the so-called conservatives in Congress.

Based on a host of anti-Second Amendment bills signed into state law (including ERPOs) by Sen. Rick Scott when he was still governor of Florida, Sen. Marco Rubio re-introduced the Extreme Risk Protection Order and Violence Prevention Act last month. Rubio’s measure that would offer federal funds as a type of bribe to force every state into passing ERPO laws.

Just a few weeks after the Florida shooting last year, Sen. Lindsey Graham leveraged the tragedy to co-sponsor a bill federalizing ERPOS. Graham’s bill would give federal courts full jurisdiction over the states to seize guns without due process.

But hey, why go through the hassle of taking guns from law-abiding citizens after the fact? Why not prevent gun ownership on the front end? That’s the idea behind a bill introduced in Illinois last week, as we see in our second headline.

A Democrat lawmaker in Chicago has presented a bill that would give police in Illinois access to the social media activity of anyone applying to own a handgun. If it becomes law, the religious, political, and other beliefs of the applicant could be used to deny the application. In other words, the government decides who may or may not own a gun based on how an individual chooses to exercise his/her First Amendment rights.

The Illinois law is loosely based on a similar proposal made in December 2018 in New York. That bill requires gun-permit applicants to provide police with their user names and passwords so the state can access the social media accounts and internet search activity to look for “hate speech,” specifically: “commonly known profane slurs or biased language to describe race, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, disability or sexual orientation.”

The threat we face from the rise of socialism is real, but we must be wise enough to see through the politics of distraction. Instead, we need to remember that nearly every dictatorship in history began by disarming the citizenry, and that Trump and the GOP are working with Democrats to disarm America.

Originally posted on StridentConservative.com.

 


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Dianne Feinstein’s comment on Dayton shooter skipped one important point

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Dianne Feinsteins comment on Dayton shooter skipped one important point

Gun control is the talk of the town as the week comes to a close. Well, that and Greenland. And Jeffrey Epstein. But the mass shootings two weeks ago has DC buzzing, media furiously reporting, and activists on both sides of the debate furiously Tweeting at each other. Senator Dianne Feinstein weighed in on the discussion by pointing out some important facts about the alleged Dayton shooter, Connor Betts.

Her facts are correct. Her analysis is off because it missed one important point. We’ll get to that in a minute, but let’s declare once and for all (though I’m sure I’ll have to repeat myself later) that the 2nd Amendment IS NOT ABOUT HUNTING OR HOME PROTECTION. Our right to keep and bear firearms was put into the Constitution by our founders because they recognized what could happen if the people had no recourse against an oppressive government. Just as Venezuelans didn’t realize they danger they were putting themselves into when they allowed their guns to be taken away, so too do many Americans put way too much trust in government.

The authoritarian left wants guns because they know they’ll never achieve their endgame as long as the people can defend themselves from tyranny.

Feinstein is correct that the Dayton shooter was able to cause an extreme amount of death and injury in a short period of time. Police were quick to respond, otherwise it could have been much worse. But as our EIC pointed out in a Tweet, Feinstein’s narrative is worthless when you look at it from the opposite perspective.

Gun control is not the solution to our mass shooting problem. If anything, gun control has enabled shooters to enact their crimes without fear of many “good guys with a gun” to stop them. We must never give up our 2nd Amendment rights.

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Seb Gorka: Red flag gun laws are a ‘red herring’

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Seb Gorka Red flag gun laws are a red herring

It isn’t often that former Deputy Assistant to the President Sebastian Gorka disagrees with his old boss, but as the President pushes for red flag gun laws to be incentivized by the federal government to be adopted by all states, Gorka’s loyalties rang at their highest pitch. He isn’t going against the President’s leanings to oppose him. He’s doing it to try to save him from the bad advice that’s being thrown at him in the White House and by members of Congress.

Red flag gun laws are a bad idea on many levels, perhaps most strikingly in the fact that they do not work. Then, there’s the unconstitutional nature of them that, as Representative Jim Jordan said, inverts our system to make American citizens guilty until proven innocent. But the biggest reason every American gun owner should be concerned about red flag gun laws is because of where they’ll lead.

“Red flags are a red herring,” Gorka said on Fox Business today. “This is another way for us to be disarmed. Look at the states where it’s already happened – California, Massachusetts, where certain types of weapons are already banned. This is the last straw they have take away our civil rights. Remember, the founding fathers called this a ‘civil right.’ The Bill of Rights includes the capacity to protect ourselves.”

Some are calling red flag gun laws a “slippery slope,” but that’s not strong enough as a characterization. They’re a guaranteed stepping stone to gun control because they will not work as advertised. When they fail, the left will double down.

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Kirsten Gillibrand wants to confiscate guns

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Kirsten Gillibrand wants to confiscate guns

Senator and failing Democratic candidate for president Kirsten Gillibrand wants to confiscate your guns. The former “conservative” when it was politically expedient to be one in upstate New York has now gone the way of most her new party. She’s a radical progressive who wants your guns.

For someone who used to have an “A” rating with the NRA, she’s come a long way to hit rock bottom by calling for “assault weapons” bans and mandatory buybacks, AKA confiscations. Oh, but she won’t actually SAY they’re mandatory buybacks. She danced around that question like a pop star.

Gun activist Colion Noir broke down a recent interview she did with CNN. It was clear, as Noir pointed out, that CNN has already weighed Gillibrand in the balance and found her wanting. They went after her to corner her on her old gun rights support and tried to get her to admit what she wants to do as president with gun confiscations.

It’s funny watching Democrats flail around trying to get attention for themselves. There are only a handful of candidates leaving a mark, and Kirsten Gillibrand isn’t one of them. But she’s still trying to do damage to the 2nd Amendment on her way out.

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