by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist
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Please Mr. President – reconsider. Don’t do this. Please stop pushing Red Flag legislation.
Oh, like taxes, or frankly any law that deals directly with the people, they all start out, as does this suggestion from the President, fairly innocuously and backed with the best of intentions – at least outwardly.
But as Will Rogers said: “The difference between death and taxes is death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets.”
And ole Will’s saying doesn’t just apply to taxes. It applies to virtually all laws and all regulations.
Take the income tax … Please! Just kidding.
Seriously, in 1913, the first year of the income tax, the top tax bracket was 7 percent (and that included a six percent surtax) on all income over $500,000 ($11 million in today’s dollars), and the lowest tax bracket was 1 percent.
And of course promises were made by our benevolent government overlords prior to its introduction, that tax rates wouldn’t just be continually raised.
Raise rates? Don’t be silly. We’re the government. You can trust us – right?
But that’s all it took and that’s all it ever takes. Anytime the government can get this framework or skeleton built, it will be easier to just add to the structure, than building one from scratch.
Within three years, by 1916, the top income tax rate was more than doubled, to 15%, and we were off to the races, as it were.
My point is what it always is when arguing against slippery slope laws and regulations. They are set up either purposely or by sheer accident as a foundation or framework. These laws never have a sunset, which would cause the law or regulation to end after so many years unless Congress and the President act proactively to prevent its ending.
This is doubly effective as each law just fades into the background, taking its place beside thousands of others, and it prevents the electorate, us, from getting involved and pressuring the political class from acting against our interests.
In other words, these laws last forever and are just vague enough to allow for multiple, or unlimited, add-ons over many years.
And a federal Red Flag law will be set up the same way.
As of now, all Red Flag laws have been State Laws. But now that Trump has signaled his potential endorsement, we should expect to soon hear of a national Red Flag Act.
The original National Red Flag Act will be written to appear as if it is unabashedly reasonable, practical and tailored to flush out and confiscate the weapons of only the really bad actors. But somewhere in the bill, hidden amongst the boilerplate, will be a line or two defining who has the authority to expand the program or definition of “Red Flag” – like the Attorney General (AG).
This may not start out as a problem – they never do – but eventually there will be another leftist in the White House who will appoint another gun-grabber like Eric Holder or Loretta Lynch as AG.
He or she will immediately go to work to redefine what a potential threat looks and/or sounds like. After the redefinition, they will quietly direct their surrogates at Media Matters, the Southern Poverty Law Center, etc. to begin scouring Social Media for conservative targets – those who speak out against the left and are also gun owners.
Call it conspiracy theory – call it what you will, but the left is becoming increasingly frustrated with their lack of gun-grab success. They must find a way around the pesky voters, and this may be just what the doctor ordered.
So please Mr. President – don’t buy into Red Flag laws. They sound good, but they’ve been developed for one purpose.