Arizona Governor, Doug Ducey is pandering harder to the left than just about anyone in America. He is virtue signaling so hard, we can’t believe Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hasn’t evoked his name. He proposed a bill in May of this year that would enable Judges to take guns from anyone they deem to be “dangerous.”
This law would leave it entirely up to the judge’s discretion. In other words- they would have full seizure powers on a case to case basis. Ducey calls it “the crown jewel of gun control laws.”
Of course he does. What else do you need? You can tell the public that they still have all their gun rights, but anyone could have their guns taken at any time for any reason. After all, there are a million things that can make a person believe another person is dangerous. A curt glance, an off-color t-shirt, honking at someone who didn’t notice the light changed, an unkempt lawn.
It’s very similar to a legal precedent in family courts that allows one party to make an ex parte claim against another saying that the children are in danger and must be removed immediately. In such cases, there is no due process. Police swoop in and take the kids. Then the person who just had their children snatched away is given the chance to prove in court that there never was any danger.
In many cases, especially where judges favor women overwhelmingly, the children are never returned. It is an ongoing travesty, and serves as a perfect example of what will be happening to gun owners in Arizona if Ducey gets his new law rammed through.
When asked for comment, Ducey said; “I think the STOP plan — the Severe Threat Order of Protection — is the crown jewel of our safe schools plan. It’s the one tool that could have eliminated the mass shootings that have happened in other places in the country.”
This is a reference to the Florida shooting from earlier this year. It’s a deeply ignorant comparison because the fact is that the police and the FBI had all the information they needed to take the shooter’s guns away before he committed that awful crime.
Nikolas Cruz had announced his intention to shoot up his school online weeks before he did it. He commented under a YouTube video that he wanted to be a professional school shooter. The person who created the video that Cruz commented on went to the FBI and told them about the comment. The FBI did precisely nothing.
There were numerous incidents where people had reported Cruz to police for pointing guns at people and for killing animals. Cruz also posted pictures of himself posing with his guns on Facebook with threatening taglines.
So no, Ducey’s claim that authorities need more power to take guns from dangerous people is bullhonkery. Law enforcement already has the power to take guns from someone who is acting in an illegal, threatening, dangerous, or irresponsible way. The problem with the Florida case is that law enforcement across the board refused to use that power. And the result was almost a dozen dead children.
And all the while, Democrats continue to blame guns.
Ducey’s law would give judges discretionary power to take any person’s gun at any time. That is a recipe for abuse, and if they can pull it off in pro-gun states like Florida- they can pull it off anywhere.
But the law goes further. It enables judges to also hold the suspected person for a psychological evaluation.
Now, here’s something we can tell you with absolute conviction. Any psychologist has at best a 50/50 chance of diagnosing any gun owner under the Sun of something between the two sticky covers of the DSM-5.
One of the few opponents of the law in AZ, Republican Eddie Farnsworth, said, “We’re not talking about just taking people’s guns. We’re talking about incarcerating them for the purpose of a psychological evaluation against their will, potentially infringing on their First Amendment rights, and infringing heavily upon their Second Amendment rights.”
Like any other anti-2nd Amendment law, this one would only deter the sane and the law-abiding. As Chris Heller, a spokesperson for the Arizona Citizens Defense League, put it, “The whole idea of a STOP order is ridiculous on its face. If you’re crazy enough to do a mass killing, you’re crazy enough to ignore a STOP order.”
~ American Gun News