In the wake of the recent mass shootings, both Donald Trump and certain GOP members are taking action to pass more gun control legislation. Such ‘caving’ on behalf of the party that long protected the inherent right to bear arms—is utterly pathetic!
The aftermath of the recent shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, has been a familiar one, as GOP politicians offer “thoughts and prayers” while paying lip service to the possibility of modest, common-sense gun reforms. But while the typical mass shooting is all too often followed by all rhetoric and no action, could El Paso and Dayton finally flip the script? Politico reports that more Republican lawmakers appear to be ramping up their support for background checks and red flag laws in the wake of the recent weekend of mass shootings, President Donald Trump has signaled his interest in these mild gun control moves, and a majority of lawmakers’ Republican constituents now appear to be on board. “The proximity of the shootings, the Gilroy one … and then El Paso and Dayton, that has galvanized people,” Sen. Susan Collins told Politico. “We’re determined that we take something up.”
Aside from Trump’s past remarks about taking the guns first before going to court, a statement he made back in 2018, a true conservative—or patriot—would NEVER say that.
Violating due process is one side of the argument, and the other is infringing on the inherent right to keep and bear arms. Mind you, the Second Amendment is not what grants you your rights; rather it protect the natural right that already exists in nature:
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” (U.S. Const., Amendment II).
I am completely disgusted with President Trump’s handling of this matter upon the terrific mass shootings in both and Texas and South Dakota. The GOP members who also pushed for increased background checks and the possibility of implementing red flag laws are violating their oath, and this is dangerous.
If the United States continues to compromise on its longstanding ideologies of self-government and personal sovereignty we will lose are personal liberty and the American dream will die. Everything in the Constitution and Bill of Rights are indirectly or directly linked. They affect each other to a greater or lesser degree.
The fundamental right to keep and bear arms is the baseline of a free society. Individuals cannot truly own private property or raise a family if they cannot defend their lives and fortunes. Our free market capitalist system, which undoubtedly is being crushed by high taxes and systemic regulation, is not possible without free citizens with self-reliance and autonomy. This country became great and prosperous because our freedom allowed us to reach great feats. Attaining our fullest potential is the result of not being dependent on the state, nor entrapped by its oppression.
True Purpose of the Second Amendment
The true purpose of the Second Amendment is not about hunting nor even one-on-one criminal defense. It was written to protect your right to retaliate against the GOVERNMENT if it becomes tyrannical.
Due Process is Thrown Out the Door
Red flag laws violate the right to bear arms on their face. Not only do they allow confiscation of weapons without the suspect even committing a crime, but they strip the person from the right to contest in court—before a crime even takes place.
Spin it how you want, but red flag laws are the opposite of due process protected by the Fifth Amendment. Here, a defendant is being deprived of personal property based on “accusations” by others that the person might be a threat. We already have a system in place for potential dangers. If someone is showing obvious signs of premeditation to commit a crime, then probable cause exists. Hence, prosecutors can simply get a warrant and arrest the suspect via police.
There is not need to have additional complex laws which give more power to the state to incriminate someone based on mere accusations that the person is a threat. There must be material evidence before action can be taken.