from American Thinker:
Red Flag Laws and Individual Rights
Historically, the synonymous concepts of liberty and freedom were assumed to be the inherent right of every citizen born in our country. Not so much these days.
In my home state of Colorado recently, the Democrat-controlled legislature signed a ‘red flag’ bill into law. Joining fourteen other leftist-controlled states, Colorado’s ‘red flag’ law enables the forceful removal of a citizen’s firearms. My state represents another win in the left’s ongoing crusade to separate Americans from their personal liberty.
On the surface, ‘red flag’ laws appear reasonable. When a person exhibits warning signs they are an extreme danger to themselves and others, the best course of action is to intervene by taking away their arms. Common sense, the Left argues. After all, if a court determines a person poses a societal risk, forcibly seizing their firearms reduces that risk. Right?
Unfortunately, history screams of ‘well-intentioned’ legislation by the left that resulted in unintended negative consequences.
The mortgage crisis that began in 2007 was a direct result of ‘well-intentioned’ Democrats.
The Clinton Administration and its HUD Secretary Andrew Cuomo expanded the 1977 Community Reinvestment Act forcing banks into lending money to “underserved” communities for home purchases. Thousands upon thousands of low-income families, lacking the finances to pay their mortgage, found themselves under crushing debt and adjusting to life lived out of a car. The resulting near-collapse of the banking system was the trigger for 2008’s Great Recession. Thanks to Democrats, our nation endured nearly a decade of economic pain and toil recovering.
America’s stifling welfare programs that keep low-income citizens shackled in systemic oppression is an unwanted gift from Democrats. The far-reaching catastrophe that is ObamaCare was delightfully brought to you by Democrats. On and on the seemingly well-intentioned but calamitous legislation from the left continues.
We can add ‘red flag’ laws to their gargantuan stink pile.