Trump Advocated Stronger Background Checks, Suggested Red Flag Laws, Condemned White Supremacy
On Monday, President Trump advocated stronger background checks for gun purchasers, suggested more mental health steps such as red flag laws, and intensely condemned white supremacy after two mass shootings over the weekend.
At first, the President advocated “marrying” gun bills to immigration reform, but later changed the focus to mental health issues with using red flag laws to remove guns from at risk persons.
Because the El Paso shooter published a “manifesto” revealing deep-seated hatred towards Mexicans, the President condemned white supremacy as well. Democrats jumped against his ideas immediately, calling him “weak.” That’s because they want to remove guns completely.
“In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy,” Trump said, standing beside Vice President Pence. “These sinister ideologies must be defeated. Hatred has no place in America.”
The president notably did not call for explicit changes to gun laws beyond red flag laws, despite tweeting earlier Monday morning about the possibility of linking background check legislation to immigration reform. However, he said he is open and ready to listen to ideas “that will actually work.”
Among his list of proposals, Trump called for reforms to mental health laws “to better identify mentally disturbed individuals who may commit acts of violence,” adding that we must “make sure those people not only get treatment but when necessary, involuntary confinement.”
“Mental illness and hatred pulls the trigger, not the gun,” Trump said, going on to call for red-flag laws to allow the seizure of firearms from those judged to pose a grave risk to public safety.
The president also called for “cultural” changes, citing violent video games. Further, Trump said he has directed the Justice Department to propose legislation ensuring that those commit hate crimes and mass murders “face the death penalty and that this capital punishment be delivered quickly, decisively, and without years of needless delay.”
Trump advocated changes, but will any of them work?
The problem with all of these ideas is that none of them would have stopped the carnage of El Paso or Dayton.
Both shooters passed the FBI background check because they didn’t have anything on their records that would have flagged them. Trump advocated “stronger” background checks, but how would that occur with the current system?
They don’t seem to be mentally ill in the traditional definition. The Dayton shooter was a left wing, radical registered Democrat – an Antifa-loving satanist who hated anyone who disagreed with his twisted beliefs. The El Paso shooter hated anyone who disagreed with his warped view of Hispanics. Both had a personal belief structure rooted in falsehoods – which is common right now in America. So if you want to call that “mental illness” ok, but it’s extremely widespread.
Ramifications of more gun laws
So if we suddenly start scrutinizing every gun owner to see if they’re “crazy” or “dangerous” how will that work Constitutionally? The two shooters both passed FBI background checks, which are based on criminal records and the fingerprints from those records. No fingerprints, no records. No arrests, no records. No court ordered mental health records, no criminal background. No NICS. The system will need to be completely revised to change that. How?
Will we start looking at everyone who is a “loner” to see if they’re dangerous? Will we tolerate more government intrusion into our lives? Will we like the government prying into every nook and cranny of our lives so they can find the mass murderers among us?
One friend of mine in a blue state was denied a gun based upon a failure to appear traffic warrant that had been taken care of years before. No amount of appeals worked to free him. He’s not a serial killer, not a loner, not a danger to himself or others, just an ordinary citizen who forgot to pay a traffic ticket and later paid that with the warrant fine. Yet real dangers have been allowed to purchase guns with no problem and we have El Paso and Dayton. How does that work?
Red Flag laws, as we have previously discussed, are deeply flawed as they currently stand. There is no “due process” under the Constitution, just the word of someone who purports to believe the person is a danger to themselves or others.
Fear and hate are the driving forces here. Fear of mass shootings, hate for opposing views. No, it’s not Trump’s fault, it’s society for allowing it all.
“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Ben Franklin
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