Dear President Trump,
In the wake of the El Paso and Dayton shootings, you once again endorsed the concept of Red Flag Laws. Respectfully, I ask you to reconsider.
Red Flag Laws are not only blatantly unconstitutional, they fly in the very face of liberty. Consider the premise: someone is identified by some arbitrary means as a person who “might” commit a mass shooting. This person’s house is invaded by “the authorities” and searched. As a result of a search any firearms – at the very least – are confiscated. Now this person must prove his is innocent of the accusations against him or her before said property is returned – IF it is returned at all. Said property may incur damage or abuse – such as being stored in an environment not conducive to keeping precision equipment. Meanwhile, due process is flushed down the toilet. Please, before you proceed with this madness – show me I am wrong!
Red flag laws are another effort to weaponize legislation for political purposes. Already innocent people have died while such laws are enforced. The real crime against citizens who have done nothing but irk someone in power goes unpunished. But please, allow me to take my kid gloves off:
YOU, Mr. President are at least as vulnerable as any citizen in this nation. Since before anyone thought you might take office, people have called you crazy – a nut. Even today your opponents question your intelligence, your integrity, your sanity. Do you really want to place the power to raid your home to seize any “dangerous items” because someone in power has decided you are a menace to one or more individuals? Maybe you are immune but why would this be? Because you are rich and powerful?
What about someone like myself? I am a nobody – a loud-mouthed nobody who stands to tick off some people. I do not now, nor have I ever incited violence against any person or group. Do you think that makes a difference? What if I told you I have often stated “Common Sense is Self Defense – By Any Means Necessary”? I have and I will. Am I in danger of a raid because I am outspoken? Maybe not right now but who knows?
Once again, you were elected partly by promising to Make America Great Again. America was never great because of knee-jerk laws that ignore our God-given, constitutionally protected liberties. America was great, can only be as great as we are free.