Tuesday, August 13, 2019

We Don’t Need Red Flag Laws, We Need More Good Americans To Get Guns

It isn’t time for red flag laws. It isn’t time for raising the age to buy a weapon. The time has come for you to purchase a weapon and start taking responsibility for your own life.
The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false-face for the urge to rule it.”—H.L. Mencken
Name the civil liberty that has ever been returned to the citizens after government took it away. Let me save you some time: It does not exist. Governments take away liberties and never return them outside of a political revolution.
The American people are not the ones in need of a “cooling off” period when they purchase weapons. It is the U.S. government that should be restricted from passing knee-jerk laws in the wake of tragedy to satiate media cries of “SOMEBODY DO SOMETHING!” That includes the fresh call for “red flag laws” that allow for confiscating people’s guns if someone else tags them as mentally ill or a danger to others.
I don’t care who is calling for these laws. I don’t care about their motivations. These calls for new “red flag laws” are horrid, and Americans of every political persuasion should stand firmly against them.
Any time you find yourself starting a sentence with, “There should be a law,” you’re probably wrong. Here’s a helpful thought experiment for you to use from now on. Whenever you think there should be a new law, picture the person in government you hate the most and ask yourself if you want that person in charge of writing and enforcing your new law.
I understand that can be uncomfortable, but you need to start accepting the reality of what government can and will do to you. Government employees are not your betters, and they do not have your best interests at heart.
Who exactly do you want to wield the power of the red flag law to decide if you are guilty of “dangerous ideas” and therefore should be stripped of your rights? The director of the FBI? Or the head of the Internal Revenue Service?
Maybe what we need is a red flag court system, similar to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court. Then it will never be fooled or used to abuse the citizens. Even if those people do get out of hand, we will always have the rank and file FBI agents who would never dream of infringing on the rights of an American citizen to bring about the results they want. Right?
Read the rest from Jesse Kelly HERE at The Federalist.

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