Gun confiscation is picking up steam among congressional Republicans in the wake of President Donald Trump’s call for “red flag” gun control laws which allow government bureaucrats to seize people’s guns after arbitrarily deeming them a “threat” to themselves or others.
Congressional Republicans, under pressure to respond to this weekend’s massacres, appear to be coalescing around legislation to help law enforcement to take guns from those who pose an imminent danger — a measure that, if signed into law, would be the most significant gun safety legislation enacted in 20 years.
“Red flag” laws such as this might not be as momentous — or controversial — as the now-expired assault weapons ban or the instant background check system, both of which were enacted in 1994 as part of President Bill Clinton’s sprawling crime bill. But they may be politically feasible.
With President Trump endorsing the idea, a number of Republicans — including Senator John Thune of South Dakota, the No. 2 Republican — are embracing the concept. Mr. Thune told his hometown newspaper, The Argus Leader, that he was “confident Congress will be able to find common ground on the so-called red flag issue.”
Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, has already proposed legislation that would offer federal grants to states to help them enact red flag laws, also known as “extreme risk protection orders.” And the Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, has asked three committee chairmen to “reflect on the subjects the president raised” and hold bipartisan talks of “potential solutions.”
Americans came out of the woodwork in droves to vote for Donald Trump on a platform of building a wall, deporting illegal immigrants, ending stupid wars, reforming trade deals, being tough on crime and protecting gun rights.
There is no getting around the fact that US voters are getting the exact opposite they were promised. Does anyone actually think gun confiscation is going to lead to less violence and not more?
I can’t see any reason to hope for honesty from either political party.
The only high-profile figure addressing any of the real problems in our society and actually trying to get them solved is Tucker Carlson.
Tucker Carlson slamming the political “vultures” using the tragedies this weekend to push for gun confiscation:
“So 31 are dead tonight & the only thing these ppl can think about is how to terrify Americans into voting for them. These are our so-called political leaders, they’re disgusting.”
— The Columbia Bugle.