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Red flag gun laws will harm law abiding citizens and leave potential mass shooters untouched

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Until last week, there were no indications many Republicans were on the verge of pushing for gun control legislation, whether it be universal background checks or red flag gun laws. But following the two tragic mass shootings last weekend in El Paso and Dayton, the talk around DC isn’t if but when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would bring legislation to the floor.

Our founders designed our form of government with several precepts in place to make sure free Americans were never oppressed by government again. One of those precepts was the 2nd Amendment. Contrary to popular belief in modern times, the 2nd Amendment was the ultimate protection to keep government from taking away Americans’ rights to defend themselves… against the government. An armed populace is impossible to oppress, which is why a precursor to the formation of any socialist or totalitarian regime is disarming the people. Venezuela would be a very different place today if the people hadn’t given up their right to own firearms.

The 2nd Amendment isn’t for hunting or self-protection. It’s to keep the power in the hands of the people.

Another important precept of the Constitution was to make government slow and methodical. They wanted deliberation to determine laws, not reaction. If they were around today, they would tell us the worst possible time to discuss gun control legislation is right after mass shootings when emotions are still running very high. It’s times like these when big mistakes can be made, and we’re on the verge of making one of those mistakes now.

I’ll cover how universal background checks are a prelude to gun registry and easier confiscation in the future, but for now let’s focus on the increasingly popular specter of red flag gun laws. We’ve covered them ad nauseum, and we’ll keep pushing against them as long as the risk of them rising any further than they already have still exists.

There are unintended consequences that will become reality if red flag gun laws continue to be pushed by DC. Incentivizing states to enact them means most will. That’s the nature of false federalism driven by promises of DC and bribes behind closed doors. And the more states that enact them, the more divided we will become as a nation.

The chances of these laws preventing a mass shooting are surprisingly small. I say “surprisingly” because the vast majority of Americans who support them have never taken the time to see the effects. They aren’t aware of Gary J. Willis, the first casualty of red flag gun laws who was killed by police, not because he broke the law but because the law specifically targeted him. They aren’t aware that there are already laws in place to address those with high potential of committing crimes due to mental illness, which is the whole driving force behind the recent push to implement them.

They also aren’t aware that exponentially more innocent people are being hut by red flag gun laws than those who pose a real threat.

When we give the power of removal of property without due process into the hands of an activist judiciary, we are certain to do worse than throw out the baby with the bathwater. We’re tossing the baby and oftentimes leaving the bathwater in place. In other words, law abiding citizens will be affected while criminals and potential criminals get a free pass. We know this because of the profiles of those who have been committing the mass shootings in recent years. These aren’t people who have many friends or cohesive families noticing red flags. These are loners, isolated, detached from society. They are the least likely people to affected by red flag gun laws that require personal knowledge of individuals from people close to them.

But Joe Blo American with an AR-15 and inflammatory social media posts – he’s the target. Maybe he told a family member we’d be better off without the person in their mayor’s office. Maybe he Tweeted their distaste for government intervention. Maybe he said he sometimes wishes he’d never been born. These are all “red flags” that can easily trigger an Extreme Risk Protection Order, depending on how gun-unfriendly a judge may be. But here’s the thing. If someone is truly concerned about the mental state of a gun owner, they can report that person and have their status adjudicated legally. In fact, they can even have them detained for mental health evaluations. These are all possible under current laws.

The difference with red flag gun laws is they’re enacted without the participation of the accused. So anyone who has a firearm and makes an acquaintance concerned may have their property removed at the hands of law enforcement and at the point of a gun. In fact, someone doesn’t even have to be concerned. They can be angry or otherwise predisposed to want to harm the lawful gun owner, and red flag gun laws give them the avenue they need to harm someone without them ever knowing who was behind it. As a colleague often notes, it’s “gun confiscation SWATting,” referring to the practice of calling in a fake crime so a SWAT team will bust through someone’s door.

There seems to be some momentum behind red flag gun laws based on the notion that the alleged El Paso shooter’s mother warned police. This is a mischaracterization. She called the police for information about the legality of her son’s firearm purchase. It wasn’t even logged by the police as a complaint, and merely an informational call. But this somehow translates to the need for red flag gun laws because, allegedly, her asking whether or not her son’s new firearm was legal means she and the police could have stopped him before he went on his rampage.

As for the Dayton shooter and the previous week’s Gilroy shooter, there is no indication red flag gun laws would have possibly made a difference.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the best deterrent to mass shooters is to loosen gun laws and allow more “good guys with a gun” to be present throughout the country. Red flag gun laws take us in the opposite direction.

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Why isn’t gun control considered to be sexist as well as racist?

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Liberty [Gun] Control is rooted in racism. It also adversely affects women. Why isn’t it considered to be racist and sexist?

A recent video from One America News Network entitled: ‘Gun Rights Are Women’s Rights’ made this very important point on the topic of Liberty Control. The basic facts of science have one sex at a disadvantage to the other, with guns being the great equalizer.

Why doesn’t the Left have to answer for the sexism and racism of Liberty control?

These days, the national socialist Left wields pejoratives Racism and Sexism like an assault weapon. So why aren’t these labels applied to them for their incessant attacks against freedom? Firearms are the great equalizers, with the Left’s gun confiscation agenda having a disproportionate effect on women and minorities.  Somehow the Left escapes these facts being applied to them, while they exploit those words with abandon.

We’ve already detailed the racism aspect of this issue here, and case for Liberty control being sexist made in this video.

Why the gun is civilization..

We will wrap this up with a column written in 2007 by Marko Kloos on a WordPress blogging site the Munchkin wrangler. It encapsulates the issue of firearms down to one proposition on how human being deal with each other.

MARCH 23, 2007 by MARKO KLOOS
Why the gun is civilization.
Human beings only have two ways to deal with one another: reason and force. If you want me to do something for you, you have a choice of either convincing me via argument, or force me to do your bidding under threat of force. Every human interaction falls into one of those two categories, without exception. Reason or force, that’s it.

In a truly moral and civilized society, people exclusively interact through persuasion. Force has no place as a valid method of social interaction, and the only thing that removes force from the menu is the personal firearm, as paradoxical as it may sound to some.

When I carry a gun, you cannot deal with me by force. You have to use reason and try to persuade me, because I have a way to negate your threat or employment of force. The gun is the only personal weapon that puts a 100-pound woman on equal footing with a 220-pound mugger, a 75-year old retiree on equal footing with a 19-year old gangbanger, and a single gay guy on equal footing with a carload of drunk guys with baseball bats. The gun removes the disparity in physical strength, size, or numbers between a potential attacker and a defender.

There are plenty of people who consider the gun as the source of bad force equations. These are the people who think that we’d be more civilized if all guns were removed from society, because a firearm makes it easier for a mugger to do his job. That, of course, is only true if the mugger’s potential victims are mostly disarmed either by choice or by legislative fiat–it has no validity when most of a mugger’s potential marks are armed. People who argue for the banning of arms ask for automatic rule by the young, the strong, and the many, and that’s the exact opposite of a civilized society. A mugger, even an armed one, can only make a successful living in a society where the state has granted him a force monopoly.

Then there’s the argument that the gun makes confrontations lethal that otherwise would only result in injury. This argument is fallacious in several ways. Without guns involved, confrontations are won by the physically superior party inflicting overwhelming injury on the loser. People who think that fists, bats, sticks, or stones don’t constitute lethal force watch too much TV, where people take beatings and come out of it with a bloody lip at worst. The fact that the gun makes lethal force easier works solely in favor of the weaker defender, not the stronger attacker. If both are armed, the field is level. The gun is the only weapon that’s as lethal in the hands of an octogenarian as it is in the hands of a weightlifter. It simply wouldn’t work as well as a force equalizer if it wasn’t both lethal and easily employable.

When I carry a gun, I don’t do so because I am looking for a fight, but because I’m looking to be left alone. The gun at my side means that I cannot be forced, only persuaded. I don’t carry it because I’m afraid, but because it enables me to be unafraid. It doesn’t limit the actions of those who would interact with me through reason, only the actions of those who would do so by force. It removes force from the equation…and that’s why carrying a gun is a civilized act.

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If you support the President, help him see gun control won’t work

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Some say the President and GOP will lose the 2020 election if they don’t do something to slow down gun violence. Others say the President and GOP will lose if the embrace gun control. To some extent, both are right, but for very different reasons.

If they do nothing that reduces gun violence, they’ll lose. But here’s the thing. Universal background checks, red flag gun laws, and “assault weapons” bans will not reduce gun violence. We can see this demonstrated with absolute clarity by examining where gun violence happens the most. Guess what… and this may shock you if you haven’t been paying attention… but gun violence is most prevalent where gun control is most obtuse. If gun control worked, Chicago would be at the bottom of the list for gun crimes because their gun control laws are extreme.

If red flag gun laws worked, Baltimore would have seen a dramatic reduction in gun violence following one of the loosest versions of the law passing in 2018. Instead, they’ve seen an INCREASE in firearm homicides despite 788 Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPO) applied for since the laws passage.

Baltimore’s homicides by firearm RISE 13% since red flag gun law went into effect

Baltimore is pacing for a 13% increase in gun-related homicides since the red flag gun law went into effect.

Following the mass shootings two weeks ago in El Paso and Dayton, emotions have been high. Even many 2nd-Amendment-defending Republican lawmakers are starting to bend in favor of embracing red flag gun laws. They’re an ideal choice for trying to look like they’re fixing the mass shooting problem, but despite 17 states enacting the law since 2012, there have been zero examples of a potential mass shooter who was stopped.

Here’s how the 2020 narrative regarding gun control will play out. If the GOP and the President back any of these gun control measures and they fail to make a dent in gun violence, Democrats will say they’re doing too little and actually use these efforts to condemn the President. And as people see the GOP’s gun control didn’t work, they’ll start to believe maybe the Democrats have the right answers. If, on the other hand, we stay focused on mental illness, getting more guns in the hands of good guys, and healing the fractured spirit of the nation, we can see a reduction in gun violence. There are ways to address gun violence without gun control.

Now, let’s say the President listens to his progressive advisers and enacts gun control measures. There’s little chance his supporters will vote Democrat; we don’t cut off our noses to spite our faces. But the passion, fundraising, and intangible support will diminish. Right now, the President needs his base to remain as passionate as possible if we’re going to overcome the tremendous bias in mainstream media. The way to win in 2020 is to galvanize the conservative base to draw in moderates and Independents behind a movement of pro-America and pro-American policies.

Gun control is neither pro-America nor pro-American. It’s a lukewarm appeasement to the left that won’t vote for him no matter what he does with guns. His progressive advisers who are pushing him towards gun control are flat-out wrong.

Supporting the President does not mean echoing bad advice by progressive members of his team. He will listen to voters and stop this gun control madness before it begins if we let him know we support the 2nd Amendment.

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Dan Bongino calls out Antifa for what they really are

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There’s a strange series of contradictions within the Antifa movement. They claim to be anti-fascist, yet their actions can only be categorized as fascist suppression techniques. They claim to be against racism and misogyny, yet they intimidate any minority or woman who doesn’t agree with them. They pretend to be brave, yet they hide behind masks.

Conservative pundit Dan Bongino knows a thing or two about fighting fascism, stopping bigotry, and being brave. As an outspoken commentator and former Secret Service agent, Bongino has done more to defend this country and promote the proper ideologies we need in order to prevent fascism from ever rearing its ugly head here. He’s also no fan of Antifa.

As he notes, the real agenda of Antifa isn’t anti-fascism. Their name really implies they’re anti-FA – First Amendment. Even as they fight “hate speech,” they do so in ways that are designed to suppress our freedoms to speak. They’re quickly becoming a parody of the old progressive movements, albeit more dangerous today.

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