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With no conservatives to stop them, Republicans advance red flag laws

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With no conservatives to stop them Republicans advance red flag laws

When Nancy Pelosi made “common sense” gun control one of her top priorities as the new Speaker of the House, it came as no surprise. After all, Democrats have been working on ways to void the Second Amendment for decades. And Pelosi herself once said, “If I had my way, sporting guns would be strictly regulated, the rest would be confiscated.”

What has gone largely unreported, however, is how Trump and the GOP support Pelosi’s anti-gun agenda. In fact, ever since the 2016 shooting at a gay Orlando nightclub by an Islamic terrorist, Trump and the swamp he promised to drain have openly advocated for new ways to deny Americans the right to bear arms.

While their goal to disarm America laid dormant during the first year of GOP control of Washington following the 2016 election, it’s become a top priority since the tragic shooting at a Florida high school in February 2018 when they joined Democrats to push for new anti-gun laws.

In a “bipartisan” meeting with pro-gun control legislators a few days after the tragedy, Trump promised Sen. Dianne Feinstein that he would ban bump stocks “without Congress” using his pen and phone.

“I’m going to write that out. We can do that with an executive order. You won’t have to worry about bump stocks. We can do it without Congress. We have to act.”

Unfortunately, the president who routinely breaks his promises kept that one. I’m sure Obama was smiling.

Trump also told his Democrat friends he supported taking guns from citizens without due process even if they have committed no crime. He said police should be able to seize guns “whether they have the right or not” and that government should have the power to “take the guns first, go through due process second.”

The idea of seizing guns without due process (Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments) has become quite popular under a Constitution-shredding law known as the Extreme Risk Protection Order (aka ERPO or red flag law). The law allows citizens to anonymously petition a judge for an order giving police authority to seize all firearms from people deemed a threat to themselves or others … by force if necessary. No warrant. No arrest. No charges.

Republicans have been working on ways to nationalize ERPOs.

Sen. Linsey Graham co-sponsored a bill with Sen. Richard Blumenthal last year that would have given federal courts jurisdiction over the states to seize guns, but it has failed to advance because it’s considered too extreme.

Not to worry, though. Graham is adopting an idea proposed by Sen. Marco Rubio where the federal government would use taxpayer money to bribe states to pass ERPO laws of their own. In other words, pass an ERPO law, get a government check! Graham began work on such a bill last week.

Graham and Rubio are members of the Gutless On Principles Hall Of Shame, so their anti-Second Amendment attitude comes as no surprise. But it’s sickening to America’s heart of liberty when a so-called conservative like House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows is receptive to the idea.

When asked if he could support Graham’s bill, Meadows defended the Constitution … just kidding. Actually, he indicated the Freedom Caucus could get behind the bill if it contained “appropriate” due process protections. “I do think there may be a sweet spot,” Meadows said in defense of the bill.

I must have missed the “sweet spot” exception in the Second Amendment, but I’m not worried. It’s not like Republicans would do anything to violate our constitutional rights, and even if they tried, conservatives would stop them. Right?

Originally posted on StridentConservative.com.

 


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Border patrol spots drone used to help illegal immigrants breach the border

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Border patrol spots drone used to help illegal immigrants breach the border

Human smuggling has gone high tech. At least it can be verified. At this point, it’s likely people have been using drone technology to assist in getting illegal immigrants across the border for a long time. It’s been used for drug trafficking as well, so thinking this is a new occurrence is likely erroneous.

But now we have proof-positive the efforts to get criminal illegal aliens across the border is a sophisticated operation.

Two of those apprehended were known gang members and one was a convicted sex offender, according to the Border Patrol. They now are being held in U.S. jails pending criminal prosecution.

Opinion

An under-reported challenge facing border patrol is the rise of criminal illegal immigrants crossing the border, sometimes not for the first time. We hear all about the groups of dozens or hundreds of migrants crossing the border and seeking to get apprehended so they can claim asylum and be released into the interior, but what about those who aren’t seeking asylum, who don’t want to be caught, and who are likely part of criminal elements?

Every border patrol agent who is tasked with processing paperwork for the migrants is a border patrol agent taken away from the necessary work of apprehending the criminals crossing over. This is why the use of drone technology is so discouraging. Right now, we have to rely on our technological prowess to cover much of the border. With the bad guys also using technology to thwart these efforts, it makes the already-difficult job of patrolling our border even more difficult and dangerous.

The left needs to understand that not everybody crossing over is just seeking a better honest life. Many are crossing the border for drugs, to join gangs, and even specifically to commit acts of violence against Americans. We need border patrol focusing on catching these bad guys, not serving paperwork to people who are unwilling to wait in line and enter the country legally.

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“Approximately two minutes after the object returned back to Mexico for the third time, a group of 10 subjects made an illegal entry into the U.S. in the same area in which the object had been traveling. This is the first known time in recent history that a drone has been utilized as a ‘look-out’ in order to aid in illegal entries in the El Paso Sector.” – Border Patrol Statement

Final Thoughts

With so much time, money, and manpower used by border patrol to apprehend the migrants wanting to be caught, those who don’t want to get caught have the advantage. These are the dangerous elements not seeking asylum. They seek to do harm.

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Trey Gowdy on the future of investigations in wake of Mueller report

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Trey Gowdy on the future of investigations in wake of Mueller report

Former Congressman Trey Gowdy took to Fox News to talk to Martha MacCallum about the release of Robert Mueller’s report on Russian election interference from 2016. His interview was arguably the most impressive take on the release so far.

As MacCallum notes, the divide really started with the Bill Clinton impeachment. Lawmakers ran to their respective political party corners and one can argue they never returned to the middle to become a single Congress again.

As for Gowdy, he pointed out the unfortunate reality that the American people are going to have to suffer (and pay for) more investigations from Congress and other entities who are not and will never be satisfied with how the Mueller probe concluded.

But perhaps the biggest takeaway from Gowdy is his belief that former FBI Agent Peter Strzok should and will be investigated in the wake of the Mueller report. This is important because Gowdy has never been one who shied away from the Mueller investigation, nor did he believe it should be made public.

Watch this video. Gowdy is in rare form by giving the cold, hard truth while not playing partisan games. Best take of the investigation so far.

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Border patrol nabs Mexican Mafia member ‘La Bestia’ crossing the border illegally

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Border patrol nabs Mexican Mafia member La Bestia crossing the border illegally

A 29-year-old Mexican national was apprehended by border patrol trying to illegally cross over into the United States. The man, known as “La Bestia” or “The Beast,” had been previously convicted and deported for Obstruction or Retaliation.

He is a known member of the Mexican Mafia as well as the 18th Street Gang. Border patrol spotting him crossing the border nine miles west of the Calexico port of entry.

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On the surface, this might seem like minor news. But the left continuously screams that there is no reason for a border wall or increased security at the border. Their claims, led in large part by the politically charged rhetoric of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, are that the way to improve border security is to buff up the ports of entry.

Here’s the obvious problem with that. They’re correct in saying most apprehensions of criminals and smugglers happen at the ports of entry. But that’s not evidence of how the dangerous elements of illegal immigration move. It simply means the ones who are crossing the large swaths of unprotected border are harder to apprehend. Yes, a wall will work. Yes, increased resources and manpower for border security will work. Yes, improved technology will work. In conjunction with one another, these solutions will help to not only catch those who try to cross over illegally but will also dissuade many from even trying.

This is logical, yet the narrative is designed to make the President and the Republicans seem like fearmongers. It isn’t fearmongering when the threats are legitimate. At the border, they most certainly are.

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“The continued vigilance of our agents led to the apprehension of this criminal. This dangerous man is off our streets and no longer a danger to the members of our community.” – Assistant Chief Patrol Agent David S. Kim

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As long as Democrats and leftist media push the narrative that the threats coming across the border illegally are minimal, they’re going to keep crossing. We have to take the threat seriously. The left must stop hiding behind political agendas.

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