America’s Red Flag Warning: Understanding the Developing Narrative
In just a few short days the Democrats will be in control of the House of Representatives. They have promised bold and decisive action on gun control with several bills in the works that would among other things, make private sales illegal, expand the background check system and outlaw the building of customized rifles. One of the most disturbing bills to be introduced in the House was HR 5717 by Representative Susan Brooks (R-IN). Introduced last May, it was referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations on June 5, 2018. No action has been taken on this bill since that time. HR 5717 would give the Attorney General $50,000,000 for each of the fiscal years 2019, 2020 and 2021to give grants to states that have passed their own “Red Flag” gun confiscation bills. HR 6747 is a similar bill that was introduced in September of 2018 and referred back to the Judiciary Committee where no action has yet been taken. With the Democrats coming into power this could very well change and these bills could get moving.
Red Flag Laws are rapidly gaining ground with 13 states currently having them on the books and nearly all the others ready to introduce their own. With grants promised from the Department of Justice, why wouldn’t they? They get taxpayer money to confiscate firearms from law abiding citizens while the real criminals and murderers remain untouched. Like all other gun control measures, Red Flag laws, or extreme risk protection order laws have proven to be a failure. California has had them on the books since 2014, yet it did nothing to prevent the illegal alien from murdering Officer Ronil Singh this past week. Shouldn’t being in the country illegally be enough to have you deemed a threat to yourself or others?
Ironically, the Red Flag hype gained ground after the Parkland Florida shooting. Connecticut’s laws, which have been on the books since 1999, were looked at as the model for other states despite the fact that they did nothing to stop Adam Lanza and the Sandy Hook school shooting.
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Gun control laws do nothing to prevent the criminals from using guns to commit their crimes. That is why they are called criminals. California’s gun-related crime is up eighteen percent since 2014 and they have some of the strictest gun laws in the country. In fact, they have had a universal background check system in place since 1991, and have prevented people who have been convicted of misdemeanor crimes from owning firearms. According to a study conducted by John Hopkins University, these measures had no impact on the number of gun deaths in the state. In the UK, another leftist’s dream gun control state, handguns were banned in 1997 and firearm ownership was tightly regulated. Despite this, Britain is seeing a vast increase in the flow of illegal guns and gun crime, proving once again that gun control only affects the law abiding citizen who is willing to comply.
It is important to understand that Red Flag laws, while seeming to be necessary to prevent a dangerous individual from obtaining weapons, are ripe for abuse. It is the language of the bills along with the developing narrative to which you have to pay attention. For example, in HR 5717, one of the listed criteria for issuing an Extreme Risk Protection Order is if the individual in question poses a significant danger to themselves or others by possessing a firearm. If a person is that much of a danger to themselves or others wouldn’t that be the case even if they didn’t have firearms? After all, according to the FBI, more people are murdered with clubs and hammers than rifles. Confiscating their firearms on mere speculation will do nothing to prevent them from murdering if that is what they intend to do. Furthermore, as far as the left is concerned simply owning a firearm is enough to have you considered a threat to yourself or others. Especially if you understand their worldview.
Every time there is a mass shooting we are treated to hours of propaganda describing how the individual involved obtained his weapons legally, or that the person stole them from a family member who was the lawful owner. This is purposeful, it is an attempt to plant the idea in the mind of the masses that guns in the hands of the public in general, pose a threat to all of us. They want your neighbor to fear you if by chance they see you loading up your AR-15 for a day at the range. Another common narrative is that the shooter was a well-known member of the community who nobody believed was capable of committing such an act. The message here is that anyone at any time can snap for no reason and that as long as there are guns in the hands of the public, we are all at risk. Finally, the new developing narrative is the failure of government systems to function as they should. Individuals purchasing weapons who should have been denied but the background check system failed. While logic dictates that gun control will always fail, the masses will see this as a need to implement more controls.
These talking points are important because it speaks to the left’s worldview and how they see mankind in general. The left, mostly being Communist or Socialist are also subscribers to the theory of Darwinian Evolution. Evolutionary theory contributed greatly to the development of communism. It was the scientific approach to human existence, as opposed to the spiritual, that enabled people to accept the tenants of communist rationale. Karl Marx viewed the theory of evolution and it’s scientific explanation of natural history as being best suited to justify his theory of communism. According to Darwin, man has no independent will of his own. We are just animals whose behavior is based on evolutionary traits, not rational thinking or free will. When the left portrays the mass shooter as a normal everyday person who just snapped, they truly believe, or want you to believe, that this can be anybody with a gun because we have no control over our own behavior. This justifies, in their minds, the passing of laws that enables them to deem someone a threat simply for owning a weapon.
As the state becomes empowered to confiscate weapons from lawful owners more and more will naturally resist. Extreme Risk Protection Orders can be issued with no forewarning to the owner. Heavily armed agents will show up to individuals homes at zero dark thirty attempting to confiscate legally owned guns as was the case in Maryland where a man was killed in such a situation. As people resist, the narrative will slowly develop into one where all gun owners are a danger to themselves or others because they fear an encroachment on their rights.
(U//FOUO) Proposed imposition of firearms restrictions and weapons bans likely would attract new members into the ranks of rightwing extremist groups, as well as potentially spur some of them to begin planning and training for violence against the government. The high volume of purchases and stockpiling of weapons and ammunition by rightwing extremists in anticipation of restrictions and bans in some parts of the country continue to be a primary concern to law enforcement.
— (U//FOUO) Returning veterans possess combat skills and experience that are attractive to rightwing extremists. DHS/I&A is concerned that rightwing extremists will attempt to recruit and radicalize returning veterans in order to boost their violent capabilities.
If you’re worried about gun control, you’re already considered a threat to yourself or others. This is America’s Red Flag warning. The line we have all been drawing in the sand is being crossed.
I’m not advocating violence. All they need at this point is an excuse.
However, if there was ever a time to become active and let your voice be heard, it is now.
We must educate the ignorant masses to the dangers these laws pose or else people that innocently file for an ERPO may find themselves minus one family member for nothing more than expressing concern over their behavior.
We must also understand that there are already laws on the books to deal with an individual who makes threats or displays suicidal behavior. They simply have to be enforced.
Many people believe that President Trump wouldn’t sign such legislation. However, his recent bump stock ban should convince them otherwise. With one swoop of a pen, the ATF has usurped the authority to go into a law passed by Congress and change definitions to suit their needs. They had already declared bump stocks to be perfectly fine for public use in 2010 and now anyone in possession of one after March 2019 will be a felon. America, it is time to wake up and get involved instead of assuming that someone else will save you.
To learn more about the war on the Second Amendment check out my book Psychopolitics in America: A Nation Under Conquest. Also available in Paperback. Article by David Risselada.