Washington, DC — Last Wednesday, we reported that the House Judiciary Committee passed several bad gun-control bills out of committee and onto the full House for a vote. One of those bills was for the passage of ERPO’s or Red Flag gun confiscation laws.
Before the vote passed, the Judiciary Committee spent time marking up the bill, adding and removing items. Republican Ken Buck of Colorado tried to add an amendment that would automatically add known gang members to a list to be “Red Flagged.”
He explained his thinking by saying,
“The majority of violent crime, including gun violence, in the United States is linked to gangs. My amendment is quite simple. It would allow the issuance of a red flag order against anyone whose name appears in a gang database if there was probable cause to include that individual in the database.”
The Democrats in the Committee had a meltdown. The databases aren’t accurate, and you’d be unnecessarily targeting innocent people!
Buck reiterated that he didn’t say anybody who was on the likely-inaccurate database. Instead, he had said anybody who had probable cause to be on the list. With strict criteria like that, the number of false accusations would drop dramatically.
Representative Eric Swalwell of California offered to support the amendment as long as “individuals affiliated with white nationalism,” to also be targeted under the red flag laws.
Buck agreed, but he said the language should include “any type of supremacy.” “Let’s add Cosa Nostra to this,” Buck added.
That wasn’t what the Democrats had in mind. The amendment failed, and the bill passed without it.
Hypocrisy is the name of the game:
Republicans were quick to point out that back in 2016, the Republicans were ridiculed for their objection to the poor databases used to create the “No Buy, No Fly” lists. This list would have kept anybody on the “No Fly” list from buying a gun.
Those inaccurate lists weren’t a problem when Democrats wanted to use them to keep citizens from buying a gun. But now they ARE a problem when they target a known Democrat voting block.
Let’s not let Swalwell’s dangerous comment go unnoticed. People “affiliated with white nationalism” could be anybody wearing a MAGA hat. It could be anybody who thinks that Ilhan Omar’s illegal marriage to her brother disqualifies her from holding office.
These people hate America. Further, all their wailing about gun violence is obviously political opportunism when they won’t take action against gang violence. Especially when those gangs are responsible for the majority of gun violence in America.
It’s not about safety, it’s about power and control.
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