Red Flag Laws and Defining ‘Assault Weapons’

Opinion by Allen West

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These mass shootings are tragic, but why is it that the immediate response is a collective punishment of law-abiding, legal gun owners who have no culpability or complicity in what happened?

Texas – –(AmmoLand.com)- It is always perplexing that, when it comes to ideological agendas, the progressive socialist left will dictate what the law is. The US Supreme Court makes a decision that a woman has a right to murder an unborn child in her womb, and there is no concern for the inalienable right to life. The same court decides that same-sex marriage is the “law of the land.”

Funny, I thought the Supreme Court was to interpret our law, the Constitution, not make law.

So, here we are once again with folks making the push to do exactly what the Second Amendment of our individual Bill of Rights prohibits. “Shall not be infringed” does not seem to be clear enough for these folks.

Yes, these mass shootings are tragic, but why is it that the immediate response is a collective punishment of law-abiding, legal gun owners who have no culpability or complicity in what happened? When I was in the Army, I hated collective punishment, unless the unit was responsible for violating good order and discipline and the Uniform Code of Military Justice along with the guilty individual.

I despise it, as well, in this case.

First of all, let’s stop with the overused, emotional, inaccurate language of “assault weapons.” A person could use anything to assault another. What we are talking about are semi-automatic rifles, and trust me, you do not want to use a semi-automatic rifle in a firefight in combat! Now, I own several semi-automatic rifles. I have them because I enjoy long-range target shooting. It’s a skill and enhances discipline, plus, it is calming for me. Heck, no leftists cared when Rashida Tlaib claimed that the Holocaust gave her “a calming feeling?”

Now, my rifles, and the magazines, sit, idle, in my closet unless I take them out, transport them to the range, load them with ammunition, and pull the trigger sending a bullet downrange towards a target at 100-400 yards. So, why do I need to have my legally purchased weapons banned? Why should I be forced into a buyback program under the threat of confiscation? Will someone please doggone tell me why?

Do not give me that crap about I “do not need these weapons.” Who, then, makes these decisions as to what, I, a law-abiding citizen needs? Heck, do I also “need” an electric car, solar panels on my house, and my voice as a constitutional conservative silenced?

As reported by the NY Post:

“A trio of Ohio Republicans have bucked their National Rifle Association backing to lobby for tighter gun control — including a ban on sales of assault rifles — in the wake of Sunday’s mass shooting in Dayton.

Rep. Mike Turner, whom the NRA endorsed with an “A” rating ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, said Tuesday that he now backs legislation that “prevents the sale of military-style weapons to civilians, a magazine limit, and red flag legislation.”

“I strongly support the Second Amendment, but we must prevent mentally unstable people from terrorizing our communities with military-style weapons,” said Turner in a statement. “The carnage these military-style weapons are able to produce when available to the wrong people is intolerable.”

Turner’s 180-degree turn on assault rifles came after he revealed that his daughter and a family friend were in downtown Dayton’s Oregon District early Sunday when Connor Betts, 24, opened fire with an AR-15-style rifle, killing nine people before he was gunned down by cops. “As a result of the police’s actions, my daughter and hundreds of others who were in the Oregon District last night are alive,” Turner said Sunday. “This is an unbelievable amount of evil that we cannot comprehend.”

Gov. Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, both of whom were endorsed alongside Turner by the NRA, have also come around on steps toward gun control.

DeWine — who was besieged by mourners’ calls of “Do something!” during a vigil in Dayton — also came out Tuesday in favor of background checks for most gun purchases in his state, as well as restricting firearms access to people perceived as unstable. “We know there’s going to be some violence; it’s the world we live in,” said DeWine. “But I can tell you this: If we do these things, it will matter. If we do these things, it will make us safer.”

Yes, do something. Do something, specifically, to tackle this issue of mentally unstable individuals getting access to weapons. Universal background checks, what the heck does that mean? I would refer these chuckleheads to BATF Form 4473 and understand that I, a retired US Army officer and former member of Congress, must fill this out and have a background check run on me each and every time I purchase a firearm.

I have purchased weapons at gun shows. “Fill out the Form 4473, Col. West.” I have bought firearms in one state. “Fill out the Form 4473, Col. West.” Then I must supply the location of an approved FFL (Federal Firearms Licensee) who will accept the weapon, and I will be checked at pickup.

I have persons gift me weapons. I have purchased weapons and gifted them to others, such as my oldest daughter, and my best friend’s wife . . . I was the best man at their wedding some 30 years ago. Now according to these people, and their proposed legislation, I become the law-breaker, the bad guy, instead of the criminal.

We should be focused on “straw buyers,” a law that is already on the books, and prosecute them.

Last I checked, criminals — and mentally ill criminals — are not concerned about reading laws or following posted signs during the commission of a crime.

With respect to “Red Flag Laws:” this is totally (un)constitutional folks.

It is a violation of the 2nd and 4th Amendment rights of citizens. Sure, it sounds like a great idea, now, just like the Patriot Act and FISA courts did, but this “law” in the hands of the wrong people will end up just like we have witnessed with the misuse of the FISA court system to punish political opposition.

In the future, who will define “disturbing behavior?” During the reign of Janet Napolitano at Homeland Security, there was a report that asserted former military were more prone to be white nationalists and potential domestic terrorists. The last thing we need are progressive socialists developing hidden lists of people — legal, law-abiding gun owners — and targeting them based upon unknown accusers. No one in America is supposed to be guilty before innocence unless you are not a progressive socialist.

I will not quietly await the day when it is not just getting “flagged” and censored by big tech leftist social media platforms. It will be the ensuing visit from the left’s “brown shirts” and Stasi police to confiscate my ability to defend myself from their tyranny because of my ideological beliefs.

Let’s not forget that the Parkland shooter, Nicolas Cruz had countless call-outs by law enforcement to his home; they did nothing. The schools knew of his disturbing behavior and expulsions, yet, they did not report it, and did nothing. If these incidents had been reported and put into the National Instant Background Checks System (NICS), how many would still be alive today?

The shooter in the First Baptist Church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas did not have his dishonorable discharge, and domestic abuse charge entered into the system by the US Air Force. Check out BATF Form 4473; those questions are there. He lied, and thus, no “red flag” in the system. But, that shooter was stopped by Stephen Willeford, a law-abiding, legal gun owner of a semi-automatic rifle, and NRA firearms instructor, who engaged him and ended that tragedy. Yes, an armed citizen protected his neighbors.

Hugo Chavez banned private gun ownership as he came into power in Venezuela under the pretense of curtailing gun violence. Now those unarmed subjects are being starved to death while socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro eats well and orders the military and his armed thugs, his version of Antifa, to gun down innocent citizens.

See, those people, as in all socialist dictatorships, lost their right to keep and bear arms, and therefore they lost all their other individual rights.

Yes, I care about ending these mass shootings which are being committed by delusional, deranged, and evil individuals. Anything can be used to “assault” another human, it is not the tool of evil being used, but it is the evil itself, and how it has metastasized, that should be our focus.

We have broken down and decimated the family. We have produced a culture of violence that promotes a disregard for life. And, we have told God that we do not want Him in our public spaces, especially our schools. Therefore, darkness, evil has infiltrated.

We need to ensure we have updated our NICS and end the stove-piping nature of law enforcement data. We need to stop with the attempt to mainstream the mentally ill and unstable. We need to track the disturbing behavior of adolescents, and not purge their records.

As I have always stated, an armed individual is a citizen; an unarmed one is a subject. If any government demands of me to lay down my weapons and surrender my Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. my response will be simple: “Molon Labe.”

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Allen West is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army. Mr. West is a Senior Fellow at the Media Research Center to support its mission to expose and neutralize liberal media bias and is an author of the book from Brown Books Publishing Group, “Hold Texas, Hold the Nation: Victory or Death” available on Amazon. Read more from Allen West at www.theoldschoolpatriot.com .

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    USA
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    Hitler disarmed his people who were less fortunate between the ears then he murdered them. Go watch some videos on his holocaust to see for yourselves. The disarmed are the first to go. Trump brings Kanye to White House to boost guns. Kanye says guns and self defense are a right that can’t be taken. Trump is proud of Kanye he did a good job sending Trumps message. Kanye says he is Bi Polar (was somewhere in the news that I read). Kanye finds God claims born again Christian status. Trump to disarm Kanye due to mental illness. Kanye and… Read more »

    tetejaun
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    LISTEN to the anti-American democrats. They DEMAND a socialist/communist America.
    THEY TELL YOU EVERY DAY.

    Communist democrat tyrants do not want their slaves to own firearms.
    Once we are disarmed, you will see local & federal bloodbath.

    USA
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    Yeah, they’re saving all our posts here so the head shrinkers can classify us in their DSM for Fed Flag confiscation.
    Were doomed. Loool.

    USA
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    Taylor Swift could not get AR-15’s banned and she can suck the chrome off a door knob.
    If your county is going to except a federal bribe to disarm you (Fed Flag) might I suggest presenting a 2A sanctuary resolution or, replacing your commissioners if they accept the bribe or, non-compliance to Fed Flag. Fed Flag is already a total flop here before the first ink hit paper.
    Gaetz has already tossed more background check bs and is positioning to toss the entire system.
    Once Trump adds border security funding to this deal you will never hear about it again.

    RoyD
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    RoyD

    LOL, Taylor Swift. She used to be a tall, skinny, cute girl who couldn’t carry a tune if she had a dump truck to carry it in. And now, while still tall, she is no longer skinny, or cute and still can’t carry a tune even with that dump truck.

    USA
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    A perhaps a tranny with lifts

    DaveW
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    They can pass such regulations, however, CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE was practiced by the colonists. It is practiced today in every place which has banned so-called “assault weapons”. NZ, Australia, NY, CA, CN, NJ, PA, WA, etc. More and more LEOs are standing up for the oaths they made to the people they serve. So-called “high capacity” magazines have been banned and the people ordered to destroy them, turn them in, or move them out of the state, yet so few have been turned in that one can only believe the ban was not complied with. The same is true of so-called… Read more »

    USA
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    I have an “assault thumb” and I will never surrender it.

    Did you ever get assigned to guard shipping containers on tour in the jungle for the agency?

    USA
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    USA

    “Artichoke”
    https://qnation.us/new-mkultra-docs-released/
    All will be revealed.

    V12Guy
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    Ever wonder if the person in the crosswalk would feel threatened if he knew you had a firearm? The two tons of steel and 300 HP isn’t intimidating. Why is a two pound gun? In England the knife seems to be the “assault weapon”of choice today. As you have laid out so well, It’s the individual,not the weapon,that is the problem. Keep up the good work,sir.

    2WarAbnVet
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    Screw that “military-style assault weapon” garbage! I have a Remington Model 8. It was invented by the great John Moses Browning in 1906. It is semi-automatic just like the AR and AK. Although mine has a 5-round magazine, many of its brothers were modified with 15 or 20-round mags (such as the one Frank Hamer used). The primary differences between it and these modern weapons that are constantly demeaned as “assault Weapons” is that its receiver is steel rather than aluminum, its fittings are wood not plastic, and the .35 round it fires it fires is much more powerful than… Read more »

    musicman44mag
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    Think about this. Trained professionals released Epstien from suicide watch claiming he was ok. These are the same professionals that can say you are not.

    USA
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    USA

    Dead people are nice and flesh toned appearing?
    Since when?

    https://qnation.us/q-anon-news-stalwarts/

    Rec
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    Lt. Col and former US Rep Allen West points are cogent , rational and informed. which is of course we we wont read it on the pages of the NYTimes, LA times or Washington Post. What is an “assault weapon”? The answer is whatever the gun control lobby want it to be, and the stunningly ignorant and complicit press will call it. Whatever it is today, if and when they get what they want, the next day it will include revolvers and single barrel break action shotguns Mr. West would be worth a $10 million salary at the NRA. Having… Read more »

    Tionico
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    DavidCodrea is well known for his saying “If a man can’t be trusted in public with a gun, why is he trusted in public without a custodian?”

    As always, it ain’t the hardware, its the software It ain’t the arrow, its the Indian. It ain’t the tool, its the user.

    What, shall we require background checks on carpenter’s claw hammers? Why not? They are used several times asoften to kill people as are all long guns combined.

    USA
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    Antifa steals hammers from the store so they would not obey background checks.

    Coke and heroin are illegal though it is my understanding that people have the stuff thus proving there is no such thing as prohibition only very successful Black Markets.

    Bluemax
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    A very good article Sir, “Common sense”. We need article 5 Convention of States to give power back to the people to impose term limits on Government, and make all the Laws imposed on the American people the same for all of Government. Although I believe if we get close to taking back the power from the Government the Government will come after us with a vengeance. That being said, it would open the eyes of a lot more Americans. There are radicals in the US Government who would like to start a civil War now. While the sheep who… Read more »

    Tionico
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    News flash, there, BlueMax…. WE the poeple already HAVE, under existing laws, the power. We have allowed, thorugh corrupt gummit hooh hahs, that power to be usurped by said corruptocrats. If existing laws are ignored, violated, “reinterpreted” at will by those in government positions, on what basis can you assert that anything enacted by a COS will also not be ignored, violated, “reinterpreted” at will? As to term limits, same thing. EVERY elected official who does NOT abie y his oath of office SHOULD be criminally charged with felony perjury. When is the last time this has happened to anyone?… Read more »

    Ray
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    No one defines the issue as clearly as you, COL. HUA !

    pAe
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    pAe

    We need to prevent mentally unstable people from conning the voters and ending up in DC allegedly REPRESENTING us.

    Huapakechi
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    Huapakechi

    End the oligarchy that the federal government has become.
    Repeal the 17th Amendment, but impose term limits and the right of recall by the state governor, state legislature, and plebiscite.
    Choose representatives by means of a draft lottery, with qualifications for inclusion in the pool of prospective draftees to be determined by each state.

    Superman
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    Term limits already are enshrined in the Constitution. They are called elections and are held on a regular basis. The REAL problem is most citizens can’t be bothered to get off of their collective fat azzes to bother to REGISTER to vote, much less cast a ballot. ‘We have met the enemy and he is us’ – Pogo.

    gcm
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    This letter should be sent to Washington, and all of congress, and be mandatory reading for all law makers.
    Let us not forget, the first copy to be placed on the desk of Mr. Donald J. Trump. Great article Mr. West.

    Darkman
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    As much as I agree with Mr. West for stating the Obvious Truth. At the End of the day. They are Words spoken to the Choir. The Enemies of the 2nd Amendment are not interested in Truth. Unless it is Their version of the truth. This is a battle that Will Never be won with Words. Any Words. Just as OUR Fore Fathers Learned 244 years ago. Words will only get You so far in the Fight For Freedom. Keep Your Powder Dry…The Time is 3 Minutes Till Midnight.

    Jonesy
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    Just like Mr.Biden says “our Truth over Facts”

    Will
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    Will

    West is spot on right. He said what we already knew. But obviously it needs to be stated over and over.

    tomcat
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    It is very clear that Col. West is on the right side of the issue of guns. If we only had more people like him that could advise the progressives of the necessity of owning guns but they wouldn’t listen anyway. They would rather let this great country sink into a socialist/communist shit hole. That would destroy all productivity and any hope for a future for anyone. Remember, the free stuff is good until you run out of someone else’s money.

    Mike
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    The fascist communists don’t care they just want ALL the guns banned so they can control US !

    USA
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    The new “assault weapon” are hammers according to F_I so I guess we gotta burying our hammers in the neighbors back yard now before they come for them. Now it’s beginning to make sense why I’m seeing Antifa steal hammers and pipes from the hardware store. Hopefully shovels won’t make the list or I’m screwed to dig my hammers back up later. I suppose banning hardware and construction tools is coming next. At what point does banning socialists get discussed? Oh wait they are all indicted so it looks like were finally making progress. Looool.

    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/08/11/fbi-more-people-killed-hammers-clubs-rifles-kind/

    USA
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    We know these mass shooting terrorist attacks are ALL false flags. People are waking up to this finally. Sanction the puppet masters to stop them not the puppet. Cure the disease not the symptom. Treating the symptom will not cure the disease. Our Sheriffs say they don’t need Red Flag gun confiscation that they have lawful tools at their disposal for dealing with these people. Our state Republicans say the same and not a single one supports Red Flag confiscation. Last time I checked the Sheriffs here did not support background checks/mag bans. The only appetite in this state for… Read more »

    Jeff
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    What state is that? I am in Texas now and the state appears to be turning blue. Don’t think it can happen in your state? Can you keep the left coast liberals from invading? It can happen to your state.

    USA
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    I hear all day long how great TX is, don’t mess with TX and from what I have been able to determine TX is nowhere close to Colorado on 2A. No comparison. Colorado is blue due to Denver socialists but the vast majority of the rest of the state is RED and 90% 2nd amendment sanctuary pro gun and pro freedom. We are currently recalling blue socialists and they are scrambling as we return to red in Denver. Polis is shaking in his little gay boy boots.

    Witold Pilecki
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    I saw this example the other day and found it funny, but so true.

    A flock of sheep was being killed in great numbers by a wolf. The wolf used his teeth to kill and eat the sheep.
    In response, the sheep had all of THEIR teeth removed. The wolf kept his teeth and laughed at the sheep.
    The sheep continued to be killed and eaten in large numbers.

    I am not a sheep, and did not-do not-will not EVER comply with any of these infringements. What I will do, is continue to practice Armed Civil Disobedience, and Jury Nullification if the opportunity arises.

    TheRevelator
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    Allen West has really shown himself to be a man of principle in recent years. I hope that that strength and moral fortitude stays with him and never falters.

    Quatermain
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    Quatermain

    Extremely well stated. Thank you Colonel. Please send a copy to Harold Hutchinson…

    Tionico
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    BOOM!!!

    Mack
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    Now THAT is spot on.

    RoyD
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    Once again Colonel West has shown himself to be a beacon showing the way.