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Red flag laws, what are they good for?

Let's talk about them.

I grew up in the 70's and 80's where stories of women being killed by ex-husbands & ex-boyfriends was a **regular staple** of the news. Most of these women were shot.
Getting anti-stalking laws passed took a long time. Many women died waiting for a restraining order which sometimes weren't even enforced when they were granted.
There is often PLENTY OF EVIDENCE a guy is talking about killing someone. Back in the 70's and 80's they left notes. They ranted on answering machines. Now they make social media posts.

They'll have often been arrested for assaulting their target in the past.
I can't tell you how many times I read a story about some poor woman being stalked by a guy for years who left notes, ranted on her answering machine that he was going to kill her, he'd just bought a gun, etc.

It was **NEVER** a secret when she ended up dead who did it.
IF a guy has provided *evidence* in documentary & audio form & social media posts that he is threatening to KILL someone, do I have a **problem** with the intended target getting a court hearing before a judge to have his guns taken away?

Let me ponder this for a minute.
Trump **also** discussed mental health reform. That brought a lot of people into my timeline who's basic argument was that BECAUSE THEY DON'T TRUST THE GOVERNMENT TO DO THIS RIGHT, we **must** maintain the status quo and keep dumping mentally ill people on the streets.
I"m noticing a lot of the people who argued against mental health reform are the SAME PEOPLE who have a big problem with red flag laws.

Because they don't trust the government, no matter how many times some goober threatens to KILL SOMEONE, we can't do anything about it.
Look at the Parkland shooter. A clear cut case where the system failed. Do you REALLY think we don't need to change things to fix this?

He used everything but signal flags to loudly proclaim I AM GOING TO KILL SOMEONE.

But we have a 2nd Amendment so... 🤷‍♂️
Look at the Sutherland Springs shooter. The Air Force **never got around** to notifying anyone they'd dishonorably discharged that goon and that he had mental issues. He **also** should have **NOT** been allowed to purchase a gun.
Are mass shootings by crazy people simply a **price we must pay** for our 2nd Amendment?

Or...and I'm just spitballing here folks...or MAYBE there are steps we can be taking to prevent many of these attacks?

Let's take a poll!
Apparently some people are upset Trump didn't get up there and shrug and say "Gee folks, there's nothing we can do, we really can't stop these crazy people from having access to guns, no matter how many warning signs there are."
There are plenty of people that are not allowed to own guns in this country.

There are plenty of people that are not allowed access to guns.

We call them 'felons'.

Why don't we allow convicted criminals to own firearms after they leave prison, anybody know?
Let me explain why we don't allow felons to own firearms:

They lost that right when they were convicted in a court of law.

Especially a felon who used a gun to commit a crime, for SURE we don't allow that person to legally own any guns.
"But they'll get a gun anyway!" it's argued. Which, I guess, means we shouldn't make it illegal for felons to have guns since they'll get guns anyway if they want them.

That's a brilliant argument. Let's not have any laws because people won't follow them.
You may think regular mass shootings by crazy people is just a price we have to pay for our 2nd Amendment, and you'll fight to make sure unstable people putting up plenty of red flags they intend to kill someone or do a mass shooting can fully enjoy their 2nd Amendment rights...
...but there are a whole lot of other Americans out there who don't agree with you and I am one of them.

And so is President Trump.

It is what it is.

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