If there’s one thing we’ve learned during President Trump’s time in office, it’s that Democrats have been driven to the far left. If we’ve learned two things, it’s that not all Republicans are on the side of freedom. In no area does this become more clear than on the topic of the right to bear arms.
This is why constitutionalists use a politician’s NRA grade to judge their adherence to true conservatism. Those who do not value the right of citizens to bear arms reveal themselves as elitists who do not believe people have the right to defend life and liberty at the most basic level.
The House of Representatives has now passed a law that would broaden the national background check system. The expansion would require anyone selling any firearm to any person to submit a background check.
This includes all private sales. It means any person selling any firearm to anyone will be required to perform the same background checks that licensed FFL gun dealers perform.
The wording of the law states that anyone who sells firearms as a way to supplement their income must submit the same kind of FBI background check application that licensed firearms merchants do. Defenders of the new law say that those who engage in irregular or rare private translations involving a gun will not be effected. However, it is clear that the ambiguity of the language makes it easy for prosecutors and judges to claim that any monetary transaction is a supplement to that person’s income.
All it takes is one prosecutor who decides that if the one time sale of a hunting rifle constitutes supplemental income, then that person can become a criminal. If such a prosecutor succeeds in putting his target in jail- then we have precedent. At that point, all private sales that do not include a background check will become punishable under the law.
This is the kind of strategy the left uses to advance its gun control agenda. That’s why the left is so adamant about appointing judges- because if they control the judges- they control the way laws are carried out.
Now that we understand this leftist tactic for pushing their anti-self defense agenda, let’s look at the conservatives who support laws like these.
Senator, Marco Rubio introduced a bill that spends taxpayer funds in order to pay off states that adopt “Red Flag” gun laws. These are local level measures that allow judges to order the confiscation of the firearms of specific persons based only on anonymous tips.
Under the red flag laws, if your neighbor gets angry at you and wants to get revenge, he or she can simply make an anonymous phone call to the police and say that they believe you cannot be trusted with your guns. Then, the police call a judge or magistrate who can issue a warrant to confiscate your guns.
In these red flag cases, people are having their guns taken away with no due process. The amount of loops a person has to jump through to have their guns returned is- as you can imagine- immense.
Now, unfortunately, President Trump has decided to side with Rubio and back the red flag laws.
There’s reason to believe that Trump can be moved on this subject. He is a man of the people, but he is also a lifelong New Yorker. Gun rights are a foreign idea to President Trump. He needs to be reasoned with.
But the problem goes deeper than just President Trump and Senator Rubio. Dianne Feinstein is now working with Trump’s new Attorney General in support of the red flag laws.
Not surprisingly, Senator Rubio, and new Attorney General William Barr refer to the red flag laws as “compromise gun laws.” But there’s no compromise about it. These laws are designed to make registration and confiscation easy. The background check expansion puts more gun owners on a national registry list, and red flag laws enable law enforcement to take the guns of any person they wish.
It might shock some people to consider how these laws might be abused. But it’s easy enough to understand that an anonymous tip is not documented. There is no paper trail leading to the person who made the anonymous tip. That means anyone could make the call. It could be a judge, a police officer. It could be anyone living in any state.
Notice how these two laws are perfectly designed to work together. The background check expansion gives red flag laws more power to reach into your gun safe.
We need to start confronting so-called conservatives to defend the Constitution and reject these new anti-Constitutional laws.