The Second Amendment is a sacred thing here in the United States, and the President has been swiftly reminded of that fact in recent days.
After a pair of tragic mass shootings rocked the nation over the weekend, Americans have been clamoring for change. These events seem to be nigh unstoppable in 2019, and increasing in frequency. The shooters are almost always mentally disturbed in some way, with many acquaintances stating so after the fact.
For some, there is a belief that a far more comprehensive mental health policy could prevent these horrific acts from taking place, but that path would take a grand reimagine of society as a whole. For too long we’ve stigmatized those dealing with mental health illness, and the rising cost of medicinal treatment is a major deterrent to getting the help needed – particularly in rural areas where outcasts and loners have fewer places to hide.
Other seem to think that marrying mental health to gun restrictions will be the way to go, but there are major concerns there as well. So-called “red flag” laws, which the President has indicated could be strengthened in the coming weeks, open a window to tyranny in which the government would then be solely responsible for what constitutes a “risky” behavior.
Twitter users are letting the world know how they feel about this possibility.
I’ve watched husbands & wives weaponize the courts in divorce hearings
I’ve watched moms & dads weaponize child services in custody battles
I’ve watched significant others weaponize protections from abuse orders for revenge
Do we really think Red Flag laws won’t be weaponized?
— Rob O'Donnell (@odonnell_r) August 8, 2019
I don’t know why people are worried about Red Flag Laws. It’s not like it will be radical congressman administering them. We’ll instead entrust our faithful servants at the FBI to determine if you’re guilty of wrongthink. What could go wrong? https://t.co/KBLpsN10PK
— Jesse Kelly (@JesseKellyDC) August 7, 2019
#RedFlagLaws in a Nutshell:
If you use your First Amendment Rights in a way that someone disagrees with, your Second, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Amendment Rights can be stripped from you.
Red Flag Laws wipe out 50% of the U.S. Constitution's Bill of Rights in one fell swoop. pic.twitter.com/RkdlOoPab9
— LaborUnionReport.com (@WorkPlaceRpt) August 7, 2019
You either believe in due process or you don't. Red Flag laws will allow anyone who dislikes you to use the government to violate your Constitutional rights. Anyone who doesn't think this will be abused is naive. #2A #SecondAmendment @NRA @VA_Gun_Rights @VCDL_ORG @GunOwners pic.twitter.com/XtEpdJNh2V
— Senator Dick Black (@SenRichardBlack) August 7, 2019
Earlier today it was reported that the National Rifle Association called to warn President Trump that moving forward with such infringements could be a detriment to his ability to garner voters from within the organization.
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