If you’re having a hard time distinguishing between many of our Republicans lawmakers and their Democratic counterparts lately, you’re not alone. The calls for gun control laws coming from both sides are deafening following last weekend’s mass shootings. They’re crumbling under the pressure of progressives who claim thoughts and prayers are not enough, that we must DO something.
The problem is in emotional reactions that are driving the calls for universal background checks, red flag gun laws, and “assault weapons” bans. Many Republicans are scrambling for a response, not a solution. They’re trying to find something they can hang their hats on as action even if common sense, logic, and facts tell us the proposed responses are not the solution.
Do we have a gun problem? No. Absolutely not. We have a criminal problem. We have a mental illness problem. We have a spiritual problem. The first two can be mitigated through legislation. The last can only be fixed through an awaking of the soul of the United States behind a Biblical worldview and through the continued spreading of the Gospel. Yes, Christianity is arguably the fastest way through which we can prevent mass shootings. The more Americans who repent and believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, the fewer people there will be who are capable of these heinous acts. Moreover, the power of prayer and spiritual intervention can reach the hearts of those who may be on the verge of breakdown.
But Americans like the tangible, so there is still a need to address our problems with criminals and the mentally ill through secular means. That means legislation. But the legislation currently being proposed does not address the issues properly.
Universal background checks are the closest of the three proposed solutions to being something that could be effective. It may actually prevent shootings by keeping firearms out of the hands of potential mass shooters. But at what cost? Universal background checks are a step towards the inevitable gun registrations. Gun registrations are the necessary bridge to give government the power of gun confiscations. Considering universal background checks would have prevented a tiny fraction of the shootings in America, is it really worth heading down the draconian path?
Some would argue that saving a single life is worth any piece of legislation. But one must ask if lives will then be put in danger as an unintended consequence. Even if we put aside the risk of eventual gun confiscations as a result of universal background checks, we must ask if there are those who will be put in harm’s way as a result of them. The answer is unambiguously, “Yes.” Just as no-fly lists prevented many law abiding citizens from traveling, so too will universal background checks prevent law abiding citizens from acquiring firearms. This will happen. It’s the government we’re talking about here, remember? These are the people who couldn’t make a simple plan like Cash for Clunkers work. They spent over $2 billion on a website. As an institution, he U.S. government has a piss poor track record when it comes to efficiency. Mistakes will happen with universal background checks and law abiding citizens will be harmed as a result.
Red flag gun laws represent a different risk for Americans. Rather than not being able to acquire weapons, red flag gun laws take an unconstitutional approach to removing property from individuals without due process. Keep in mind, there are laws on the books that work like red flag gun laws, only with due process firmly in place. Someone accused of being mentally unfit to own a firearm can be brought to court where it can be determined if they’re a threat to themselves or others. The difference is they get to defend their own worthiness in a court of law, something that is guaranteed to American citizens.
Again, there is far more damage that can be done to law abiding citizens who fall victim to Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs), than damage that’s mitigated by them. The worst part is they’re quite ambiguous. It’s impossible to know how many mass shootings were thwarted as a result because the firearms were removed in pre-crime fashion, as if Minority Report weren’t a piece of fiction. Would Gary J. Willis have hurt someone or himself if law enforcement hadn’t killed him while trying to enforce Maryland’s red flag gun law? We’ll never know, but politicians are saying the fact that he had to be killed was an indicator they probably prevented him from hurting someone. Seriously.
As for “assault weapons” bans, this would be political suicide for Republicans. I’ll assume the handful of GOP lawmakers who support them will be reined in by the Republicans who want to have jobs after 2020.
Republicans have been the roadblock preventing obtuse gun control laws from seeing the light of day. Only after the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton did some of them get weak in the knees. But it’s not too late. Conservatives can tell them what we think. We can spread the message that the 2nd Amendment must be protected as it is the right that allows Americans to protect all of our other rights. We take pride at NOQ Report for being adamant defenders of the 2nd Amendment, and we appreciate all who help us spread the message through donations.
It’s imperative that this message gets out to lawmakers and that conservatives do what we can to keep Republicans in line with our desires. They have often disregarded us because they feel they must play to the middle knowing our votes are secure. Who among us will vote for those promoting socialism? But our support is more than just our individual votes. We may not be willing to vote for Democrats, but the GOP will know our support is lukewarm when we stop donating to their election campaigns and start sending angry emails instead. They’ll know we’re not aligned with their course of infringing on our 2nd Amendment rights when we reach out on Twitter and Facebook sending them articles like this one.
They can change course. They can do the right thing. But we must act. We must let them know the path many of them are currently on is a path down which we will not follow.
The message from Republicans SHOULD be this: “We must get tougher on criminals, not guns. We must get help for the mentally ill, not point fingers and cry, ‘Red flag, red flag!’ A safer America requires a plan, not an emotional reaction.”
We must get tougher on criminals, not guns. We must get help for the mentally ill, not point fingers and cry, 'Red flag, red flag!' A safer America requires a plan, not an emotional reaction. #2A
— JD Rucker (@JDRucker) August 11, 2019
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