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The Second Amendment faces one of its gravest threats. With the recent news that recess may be cut short for the House Judiciary Committee so that lawmakers can discuss gun control measures, the phrase on everyone’s lips is “red-lag laws.” Under the title of Extreme Risk Protection Order, these sweeping laws would enable a court to seize an individual’s firearms if he or she is under suspicion of posing a danger – without the supposed “criminal” facing a judge or having a day in court.
Under such legislation, a judge is able to decide ex parte that someone may be a potential risk, and thus strip the individual of Second Amendment constitutional rights. The danger is that these laws could be used in pernicious circumstances. Imagine a couple going through a divorce; all it takes is for one party to make up stories about the other, without that party even being aware that legal processes are acting against them, and then rights are removed.
Liberty Nation Legal Affairs Editor Scott D. Cosenza, Esq. warns, “The main problem with red-flag laws, and what makes them odious to our constitutional republic, is that they allow the government to strip a person’s fundamental right away without due process of law.” He continues, “Our Revolutionary War was waged in large part to ensure due process and respect for these fundamental rights – it’s what makes America unique, and why so many who treasure liberty abhor red-flag laws.”
What to Watch For
There will be major pushback on this, but it may amount to nothing. All real and valid arguments that these laws infringe fundamental rights will be drowned out by politicians talking about mass shootings and saving lives. However, it has yet to be proven that red-flag laws could have prevented either of the two recent shooting incidents.
New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, in response to the recent mass shootings, reached out to law enforcement in an effort to curb gun violence. Or did she? The progressive Democrat held a conference which was to involve all those people in the area that deal with crime, violence, and terrorism, yet she failed to invite the sheriffs who are so important to maintaining law and order.
Liberty Nation spoke with A. Blair Dunn, attorney for the New Mexico Patriots Advocacy Coalition in its lawsuit against NM state officials. Attempting to understand why Grisham made the decision to exclude the county sheriffs, we asked Dunn what his take was on the obvious rebuke. He made no bones about it:
“Sheriffs are absolutely law enforcement here in New Mexico and are ultimately the highest authority in the county for law enforcement. Excluding the sheriffs in a discussion over domestic terrorism is bizarre and not normal.”
The reason for the exclusion soon became clear. Grisham invited such champions of freedom as the Anti-Defamation League, Southern Poverty Law Center, and Santa Fe Institute on cyberhate. The theme was very much one of gun control and how to achieve it.
What to Watch For
We will see a lot more of this in the coming months. That is, people who can actually provide real insight into problems being excluded in favor of those who are willing to push a gun control agenda. Does this mean that all decisions will be ideologically biased? Yes, probably.
Washington Whispers & Other Juicy Tidbits
Be on the lookout for:
- With Trump heading to the G7, the news media is likely to focus on divisions, real or imagined, in an attempt to make the president appear ostracized from other world leaders. Painting him in this way will give Democrats an edge in the primary campaign as they can talk about how well they “build relationships.”
- The only person on the Democrat side who may not benefit from the media scrummage this month is Joe Biden. With his string of recent gaffes, those in the news media are beginning to realize that he may be more of a liability than first thought.
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