As y’all know, I am a Board Member of the National Rifle Association, the nation’s oldest civil rights organization, founded in 1871. I have completed my first three-year term and will be up for re-election in 2019. It has been an honor to serve, and be a voice for law-abiding legal gun owners in my beloved America. I can’t think of a better time to be on the NRA Board as we think about the ascendancy of progressive socialism, and its stated target, our Second Amendment rights. You have heard me say it before, and I will reiterate, “An armed person is a citizen, and unarmed person is a subject.” And we know that tyranny wants subjects to subjugate to their insidious ideological agenda.
In January, we will have our Winter NRA Board meeting, and I know one of the important topics I want to discuss. One that is gathering steam across our Republic.
As reported by USA Today back in March 2018:
“States across the country are taking a closer look at “red flag” laws since an alleged gunman, long known to law enforcement as troubled, was accused in the mass shooting in February at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
The laws allow family members or law enforcement to seek a court order to temporarily restrict people’s access to firearms when they show “red flags” that they are a danger to themselves or others.
After the shooting, Florida became the sixth state to pass a red-flag law, and other state lawmakers introduced a flurry of new bills, including first-time legislation in more than a handful of states, according to Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun control advocacy group.
Bills are now pending in 22 states and the District of Columbia, while bipartisan efforts are coming together in Congress.”
As Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel once quipped, “never let a good crisis go to waste.” Why would we trust a virulent anti-second amendment group such as Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety? If one were to objectively assess the incidents surrounding the dismissal of the Parkland shooters behavior the blame fully falls upon the FBI, Broward County Sheriff’s Office, and the Broward County Schools Superintendent. But that is never the goal of the progressive socialist left to solve the issue, rather their intent is to use the incident for their ideological agenda advancement.
Think about the horrific shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas where the government, namely the US Air Force and the BATF, did not upload the shooters dishonorable discharge and felony domestic abuse conviction into the database.
So, why is it that in the aftermath of Parkland do we have this “red flag” proposition? The biggest issue with mass shootings is mental illness, but do not expect the left to address that issue. If anyone were to suggest a “red flag” legislative approach regarding Islamic jihadists in America, well, you know, the immediate castigation would be “Islamophobe.” Thus, the Council for American Islamic Relations (CAIR) was instrumental in pushing for the ending of any surveillance programs of certain Islamic centers and mosques with a history of radicalization. Nope, can’t do that, but we can get a court order to temporarily restrict Second Amendment rights?
The article continues:
“Red-flag laws vary by state, but they generally allow law enforcement or family members to petition a judge for a “gun violence restraining order” or “extreme risk protection order” to temporarily restrict a person’s access to firearms. The judge can issue an emergency, temporary order — without the gun owner being present — to prevent immediate danger. But a full hearing must be scheduled quickly, offering the gun owner the ability to respond. A longer order can be issued during the full hearing if there is enough evidence that the person is dangerous.
Connecticut, Indiana and Florida allow law enforcement to petition the court system, while California, Washington and Oregon also allow petitions from family and household members in addition to law enforcement, according to Giffords.
A week after Florida’s legislation was signed, a Broward County judge in Florida issued the state’s first order to temporarily remove firearms from a man who allegedly believed he was being electrocuted by condominium electrical breakers and targeted by the FBI and a shape-shifting neighbor, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Four firearms and 267 rounds of ammunition were removed, and the man was taken to a hospital for involuntary psychiatric treatment.”
Hmm, my question is why is someone who has displayed unstable mental health is allowed to purchase firearms, à la, the case of the Aurora Colorado theater shooter. I must admit, I am not very comfortable with the very subjective nature of the red flag laws. A judge issuing an emergency order without the gun owner being present sounds to me like a violation of the Fourth Amendment. Kinda like the whole FISA court routine where some judge can issue a judgment for surveillance on an American citizen without their being able to defend themselves. A full hearing to be scheduled quickly? Dude, gimme a break, when has anyone ever heard of a court hearing being held quickly?Red flag laws: a full hearing to be scheduled quickly? Dude, gimme a break! When has anyone ever heard of a court hearing being held quickly? Click To Tweet
In a way, this all reminds me of the Steven Spielberg movie starring Tom Cruise called “Minority Report.” It is as if there is some desire to stop a “crime” before it happens, so we will “temporarily” restrict someone’s Second Amendment rights.
How about this: why don’t we round up gang members and criminal illegal immigrants? How about we focus on criminals period, and not make this about a subjective endeavor to undermine the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens? After all, that is what this is about.
So, what happens when you have a family member who is, well, a progressive socialist that hates guns, any gun, and they do not want anyone, including a family member, to have them? Yes, so that family member turns in another family member accusing them of having too many guns? After all one is more than a leftist can tolerate? How about a family member in New Jersey reporting that they know one of their family members who has an ammunition magazine that holds more than 10 rounds?
Let me remind y’all of something since the Parkland Florida shooting was the major impetus behind this new effort to undermine the Second Amendment. In Florida they have something called the Baker Act:
“It is formally known as the Florida Mental Health Act of 1971 and allows for the involuntary institutionalization and examination of any individual. It can be initiated by judges, law enforcement officials, physicians, or mental health professionals. There must be evidence that the person: is in danger of becoming a harm to self, harm to others, or is self-neglectful (as defined in the Baker Act).”
So, instead of creating a new law, and seeking its national implementation, the Red Flag Law, why not just adhere to that which is on the books already? Law enforcement officials in Florida could have very easily invoked the Baker Act in the case of Nikolas Cruz and that would have been the end of it. The Broward County School Board could have easily referred Cruz due to his expulsion from Stoneman Douglas HS . . . instead, they lied.
What I despise about the progressive socialist left is their deceit and hypocrisy. There is no need for red flag laws, Florida already had a law that could have been followed, but it was not. Never think that our dear little socialists on the left who want unarmed sheeple to do what is legal, law-abiding, and common sense when it comes to implementing their agenda.Molon Labe you leftist, socialist chuckleheads! Click To Tweet
I will continue to speak out against the Red Flag Law, as I know the intended consequence. And shame on any Republican governor who would support such folly. I would be more than happy to travel the country and speak out against red flag laws. They are unconstitutional and a clear violation of individual rights, liberties. The Second and Fourth Amendments immediately come to mind. As well, they violate our judicial right called due process.
Then again, the progressive socialist left has truly informed us that they care little about our individual freedoms, liberties, and rights, meaning they despise our rule of law, the Constitution of the United States.
Molon Labe you leftist, socialist chuckleheads!
During his 22 year career in the United States Army, Lieutenant Colonel West served in several combat zones and received many honors including a Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, one with Valor device, and a Valorous Unit Award.
In November of 2010, Allen was elected to the United States Congress, representing Florida’s 22nd District.
He is a Fox News Contributor, former Director of the Booker T. Washington Initiative at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Senior Fellow at the Media Research Center, contributing columnist for Townhall.com, and author of Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Family, Faith and Freedom, and, Hold Texas, Hold the Nation: Victory or Death, published October 16, 2018, from Brown Books Publishing Group.