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145 CEOs Send Senate Fake Numbers With Demand For Red Flag Laws And Background Checks via @yidwithlid
@yidwithlid The executives from companies including Walmart, Yelp, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Levi Strauss and Company, Uber, and more warned the upper chamber that the country needs stronger background checks, and red flag laws to prevent “gun violence.
@yidwithlid What the corporate executives above and the liberals who are pushing red flag laws don’t tell you is that they destroy our rights “endowed by our creator.”
@yidwithlid I am not just talking about the second amendment, red flag laws destroy the concept of due process that our judicial system is based on.
@yidwithlid The letter from 145 Corporations also regurgitates the anti-gun left’s false claim that “Every day, 100 Americans are shot and killed and hundreds more are wounded.”
@yidwithlid However, the truth is that most people killed by firearms (over 60 percent) in the U.S. are killed in suicides, not “gun violence.” Murders only account for about 37 percent of gun-related deaths.
@yidwithlid More importantly, deaths by firearms has fallen in the last twenty years down since its highest numbers in 1993. The per capita gun death rate is also far lower than in 1973. And both the murder rate and the suicide rate are lower than they were in the 1970s.
@yidwithlid Furthermore, there are nearly 400 million guns in private hands today, more than there ever has been in U.S. history. Yet murder rates have fallen.
@yidwithlid But then again, many of the executives who signed the letter below are the same people who promise you an opportunity to purchase a 60-inch TV really cheap the day after Thanksgiving and neglect to tell you there’s only one TV for every ten stores.
@yidwithlid 1) #RedFlagLaws are an inversion of “innocent until proven guilty.” The standard of evidence is low and while state laws vary, many different people, not just family, can report you.
@yidwithlid 2) You don't have to be in the room (and advance notice isn't required) for the petition to be granted meaning you must wait to defend yourself. Most laws provide no penalty for abuse and no state law allows for civil cause of action against false accusers.
@yidwithlid 3) Time varies as to how long until respondents can have their day in court. A study conducted on Indiana's law, which said 14 day wait, revealed that the average wait was 9 months. Rights delayed are rights denied.
@yidwithlid 4) @davekopel , who has done excellent research on this, has noted that of the four states with the oldest gun confiscation laws, Connecticut, Indiana, California, and Washington, no research has revealed any statistical reduction in crime. #RedFlagLaws
@yidwithlid @davekopel (Also still No. 4) Furthermore, Kopel notes that nearly 1/3 of such orders are improperly issued against innocent people.
@yidwithlid @davekopel 5) No advance notice is given ahead of serving a #RedFlag order. That worked out horribly for Maryland resident Gary Willis, who was shot and killed when answering his door early morning before the sun was up. This puts LEO in a HORRIBLE position of enforcing these orders.
@yidwithlid @davekopel 6) Counsel is not provided (Blumenthal draft does, it's of little solace considering), meaning you could be like FL man Jonathan Carpenter, who is waging an expensive court battle to clear his name and reclaim his property because his name was too similar to a drug dealer's.
@yidwithlid @davekopel 7) We aren't arresting people, we're arresting guns. State laws ignore the very reason the petition was granted in the first place: danger resulting in violence or mental instability. No mental evaluations given, no charges for a crime.
@yidwithlid @davekopel 8) How will confiscated firearms be stored? Local police will be tasked with figuring out storage and bearing the cost of any liability or insurance -- at a time when some struggle with budgets to afford body cams.
@yidwithlid @davekopel 9) This isn't just about the 2nd Amendment. It doesn't matter if you're a "gun nut" or even own guns. The deconstruction of due process calls into question your 5th and 14th Amendment rights, too.
@yidwithlid @davekopel 0) Lastly (not really, but I'm sticking to 10), if there is enough evidence to strip you of your rights THERE IS ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO CHARGE YOU or commit you. There are NUMEROUS other options to start fixing this problem WITHOUT sacrificing due process.
@yidwithlid @davekopel Let's start by:
- demanding all agencies comply with reporting prohibited possessors to the federal database to stop ineligible people at point of sale.
- demanding prosecutors stop reducing charges and judges issuing weak sentences for felony gun crimes & reduce recidivism...
@yidwithlid @davekopel ... and let's demand that schools stop coddling dangerous offenders. When kids make rape lists on bathroom walls, have them evaluated. When they message classmates threatening to kill them, that's actionable, arrest them. ENFORCE THE LAW.
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