Republicans Caving In To the Left Should Scare All Gun Owners

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Republicans Caving In To the Left Should Scare All Gun Owners

USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- Gun owners are seemingly on their own right now. In the wake of the El Paso and Dayton shootings, the steady and ever-increasing drumbeat to “do something” has been getting louder. The media, and the Democrat party, especially those running to unseat Donald Trump in 2020, are all clamoring that new laws be passed. Sadly, many on the right, some who we once thought were the ultimate defenders of liberty, are now turning on those who voted them into power, saying that we need a change. But what kind of change, and does doing something, mean we should just be doing anything?

Gun owners, of course, knew what to expect from those on the left following these horrible events. We knew that the Democrats, who wasted no time in expressing outrage tinged with the demand for “common-sense legislation”, would be using the blood of the dead to try and get their political goals accomplished.

What we didn’t expect was for so many Republicans and so-called conservatives to join them, trying to beat the Democrats to the punch.

The first call, of course, was for new Red Flag laws, which have been passed in many states across the country, and completely violate due process for gun owners. Having a law that lets someone simply accuse a gun owner of being a risk, with no proof, no crime, so that a judge can sign an order whereby that person loses their guns, only to have a hearing later on, where the gun owner has to meet the burden of proof and show that he is a swell guy, not a homicidal maniac, in order to get his own guns back. If not, then without a crime, or even an arrest, the 2nd Amendment rights of that gun owner are gone.

Seventeen states and Washington DC currently has some sort of “Red Flag” law.

I have argued with a few gun owners who, surprisingly, have no issue with these laws. Maybe they can understand it a bit better in this way. Imagine you suddenly were fired because someone told you in a week, or a month, you were going to run into a building and yell “Fire!”, causing a stampede wherein someone died. You then had a week to go out, get an attorney at your expense, and fight the charge of something you haven’t done yet in order to get your job back. That’s what the Red Flag laws look like. You’re assumed guilty without an arrest, and you have to prove you are not. The presumption of innocent went out the window when the judge thought you were a threat, with nothing other than an accusation.

The pundits, and those defending the Republicans on this argument, keep saying that it will be so easy for the gun owner to prove that he wasn’t a threat to the judge, and that you’ll get your guns back, like it was that simple. So, what if you live in an urban area and the judge happens to be a liberal Democrat when he’s not on that bench? If politicians think they will get a fair shake from every judge, they haven’t been paying attention to what happens to President Trump every time an Obama appointed judge rules one of his attempts to reform immigration as unconstitutional.
The biggest thing that no one seems to be grasping, on the GOP side of things, is that they’re fixing to turn a right into a privilege. If you have to plead with the powers that be to let you exercise a right, then it is no longer a right, it’s now a privilege, and a privilege can be taken away.

There are now some whispers that the Republicans want to strengthen background checks. This has been what the Democrats have been pushing for some time now, and if the Democrats are happy about a plan that has anything to do with guns, then the GOP and Trump shouldn’t walk away from it, they should run. They’re going to lose support, and that support could cost them the Senate and possibly the White House next year.

I think, shocking as it is to see the GOP caving in so quickly on gun laws, is who else we see caving in. President Trump, who, of course, promised that there would be no greater friend to the Second Amendment and gun owners, is quickly turning into a one-night stand with a promise to call the next day. This is what happens when someone who is not a gun owner or shooter promises to defend the Second Amendment. They have no real skin in the game; they don’t really own guns, so to them, it’s not going to affect them at all. Trump reminded me of the older gun owners in their sixties and seventies when the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban came around; they didn’t mind the ban because it didn’t affect them. Most of those in Congress who are happy to sign off on these Red Flag laws, and possibly an Assault Weapons Ban, aren’t serious gun owners or shooters anyway. When was the last time you think Mitch McConnell hunted or even brought a gun to the range?

One of the biggest disappointments has to be Congressman Dan Crenshaw of Texas. Crenshaw, who for many was a shining star amongst conservatives, shocked gun owners when in a tweet after the El Paso shooting stated “Let’s start with the TAPS Act. Maybe also implement state “red flag” laws, or gun violence restraining orders.”

The TAPS Act is supposed to be a threat assessment bill that will take information from various sources and try to predict someone’s behavior ahead of time, sort of a Minority Report, in pre-crime jargon, again without a whiff of due process.

Texas Congressman Dan Crenshaw

Crenshaw was far from the only Republican who suddenly decided that likeability was better than upholding the Constitutional rights of his constituents, but he was probably the most surprising, and his apparent betrayal stung the most.

So, what do gun owners do now? I have talked to several people in recent days and read a lot of comments online, and gun owners feel betrayed. They feel betrayed by Donald Trump, the GOP, some in the conservative media who are now suddenly plugging gun control like it was a good thing, and that gun owners should just accept it because it’s for the good of the country. But is it really? It appears that when gun owners, yet again targets of the Democrats and the left, needed someone to stand up and say that there are other alternatives, other solutions, the Republicans caved in to the screaming and the yelling. Only time will tell how bad this is going to get, but rest assured, when those who support gun control, especially after they swore to defend the rights of gun owners, come up for re-election, they will be remembered for turning their backs on them now.

The real question is, If the Republicans cave so quickly today, what will happen after the next shooting? What will be next to be compromised so that something can be done? Will the Democrats demand confiscation? Registrations? Mandatory buy backs? Gun owners can only wonder what they will be forced to give up next when their elected officials cave in, again. Will the Republicans even bother to compromise next time, or just stand with the Democrats while they run roughshod, and use the Constitution as toilet paper?


David LaPell
David LaPell

About David LaPell

David LaPell has been a Corrections Officer with the local Sheriff's Department for thirteen years. A collector of antique and vintage firearms for over twenty years and an avid hunter. David has been writing articles about firearms, hunting and western history for ten years. In addition to having a passion for vintage guns, he is also a fan of old trucks and has written articles on those as well.

 

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Rick
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Rick

There are many criticisms of red flag laws which are true. The most serious is that they don’t work.

See articles at https://crimeresearch.org/

Gomezaddams51
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Gomezaddams51

In case of assault weapons ban Take your rifle into the woods and engage in insurgency.

Rich D
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Rich D

Look around White Man, what has Liberty done for you lately? Liberty has allowed Foreign Invaders to flourish and Liberty has taken away our right to say something about it without consequence. Liberty has allowed dual citizens to take office inside our governments and be loyal only to their 2nd passport. Liberty has forced us to give nearly 40 billion dollars a year to fuel a war mongering peoples centuries old war. Liberty has led us to believe there is a political solution. Liberty will do nothing for you until you pick up your rifle and take this country back… Read more »

Stripeseven
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Stripeseven

TITLE 18, U.S.C., SECTION 242: This is just another example of one of the thousands of laws that are already on the books that are not being enforced to keep criminals in check. Imagine that….

Stripeseven
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Stripeseven

Oh man….One thing comes to mind that may, or may not have been actually documented as fact, is what an adversary supposedly said, once they started a War with the people of the United States: ” I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve”…He was right……..

tomcat
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tomcat

Before they held a “house party” in front of McConnell’s house he said the only changes he would consider were the ones that did not affect Constitutional protections. Now he says I hope we can work together and pass something meaningful. Add Kinsinger from Ill. to this list, also. There are a lot of them to remember at voting time. Let’s just do it and watch them go home, not to return.

Scotty Gunn
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Scotty Gunn

Crenshaw drank the Kool Aid

donfranko
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donfranko

I’m really curious. Let’s say that all these current proposals get passed into law (albeit unconstitutional). And a few months later there is ANOTHER mass shooting. What will the next screams be for more gun control?? This slippery slope is gonna get bad in the next year or two. I hope patriots are prepared to do what will be needed to protect the freedoms of their children and grandchildren. I pray every day for God to grant me the same courage of the common men and women who took up their arms, left their warm homes, fought for our independence,… Read more »

StLPro2A
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StLPro2A

It’s a planned progression toward gun confiscation from private citizens. Watch Kitty Witherman (SP?), German holocaust survivor….with tattooed number on forearm….. YouTube videos explaining the same progression in pre=WWII Germany for disarming the Jews…..all for their safety. Learn from history or be doomed to repeat it. That’s why the Department of Indoctrination….er, Education…. specializes in dumming down the childen through Liberal ideas and revisionist history. March, march, march toward “1984.”

Bill N
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Bill N

I’ll tell you all right now, if you let the democrats take control of DC you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. If the current crop of dems get control of both houses and the presidency you will never be able to get enough crying towels. True, there are some republicans that need to be shown the door. I guarantee life as a gun owner will be one hell of a lot worse. You can put that in the bank! I really don’t give a damn if you believe or not but it will be much worse than what we see now.… Read more »

TerTer46
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TerTer46

Everyone should understand that something is going to be done, no matter want we say or do. If we all get on board and help craft something good rather what the DEMS and thier Press Corps (MSM) want done. Remember they have written a bill and are pushing hard to get the Senate on board. It is a HORRIBLE LAW and should never be signed. But then again, they have a ground swell on their side. I too belong to the NRA (Life Benefactor), GOA, SAF (Second Amendment Foundation, CCRKBA, USCCA, Wyoming Gun Owners, Georgia Gun Owners, Idaho 2nd Amendment,… Read more »

Will
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Will

JOIN GOA ! THE ONLY NO-COMPROMISE GUN LOBBY IN WASHINGTON !

JPM
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JPM

I’m not surprised. The Republicans and Democrats are two sides of the SAME rotten coin, only interested in staying in office and amassing as much power and money as they possibly can at the expense of the citizens. Washington, D.C. and it’s inhabitants (politicians & bureaucrats) and agencies are not our friends, why is anyone surprised at anything they do TO us?

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@JPM, Yes, it is loyalty to party and money, rather than loyalty to the US and our fellow countrymen that has corrupted our system. Out law parties. Candidates can post their resumes on line. We can meet the candidates at our barbecue.
Federal judges are appointed for life or a term of good behavior. Violating their oat, legislating from the bench, and promoting some political agenda is not good behavior. Lets remove them for that. Set up a peoples court.

Will Flatt
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ALL politicians – Demorat or RINO – who violate their OATHS to the Constitution and violate the rights of peaceable Americans are all TRAITORS, giving AID & COMFORT to ALL ENEMIES, FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC.

In fact, by violating the Constitution, they BECOME DOMESTIC ENEMIES!!!

They can stop now, or this is going to inevitably go to guns. America had a good run – over 240 years – I’m surprised that it’s lasted this long, considering how long the cancer has been rotting away our Republic!!

SUPERSTES
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SUPERSTES

Democrats and today’s Republicans are the two wings of the same loathsome Socialist carrion-feeder

tetejaun
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tetejaun

ALL ‘GUN CONTROL LAWS’ ARE UNCONSTITUTIONAL.
You are only powerless if you believe you are powerless.
You are only a slave if you believe you are a slave.
You obey unconstitutional ‘gun control laws’ because you believe
you are a powerless slave.
ALL ‘GUN CONTROL LAWS’ ARE UNCONSTITUTIONAL.
I have TOLD you this and SHOWN you the Constitution.
STAND FOR YOUR RIGHTS or continue to bleet as a sheep
as your country dies. Cowardice has it consequences.

USA
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USA

Trump is replacing the entire government and that includes most Trumplicans best that I can tell. He stated this back on day 1. It’s what he meant when saying he was giving us a new government for and by The People ruled by The People instead of how it’s been. Man up and prepare to take the country back since we don’t like it how it is. I wouldn’t expect this process to be a smooth transition considering the level of corruption and subversion. Looks to me like a lot people are probably going to get killed but hopefully not.… Read more »

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@ Author LaPell asks, “What do gun owners do now?” Well, Congressman Dan Crenshaw of Texas is no longer the “not corrupted yet” candidate. Now, we pick a new “not corrupted yet” candidate and support that person in the primary elections. You gun owners in Dan Crenshaw’s district better get out your barbecue grill.

Docduracoat
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Docduracoat

Gun owners need to sit this next election out.
Let Donald Trump lose.
Let the Republicans lose one house of Congress.
when Obama was president none of these kind of laws were able to pass because the Republicans were in opposition and never let them get through.
Now with Trump as president, the Republicans back everything he does. Bump stock bans, red flag laws, national background checks.
It’s better for us when the Democrats are in charge and the Republicans don’t let th pass these anti gun laws.

Oldvet
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Oldvet

@Doc…If I had a time machine I would love for you to get your wish ! I don’t think you would be happy with it . But only if I had that time machine so I could reverse it later.

Dave in Fairfax
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Dave in Fairfax

Doc, that won’t work. The last time the RINOs stood up to the Socialists, this time they’re working with them.

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@Doc, can we try to learn the Donald up, first? I sent a half dozen hard copy letters and a dozen emails. I am writing a letter dated 3 September 2019 for each of my senators, my congressman, and of course the Donald.

Oldvet
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Oldvet

Invite the TEA PARTY to your BBQ . TEA PARTY where are you ?

Justista
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Justista

Doc,
that would be the end of semi autos and mail order ammo by executive order.
The next sitting Democrat president is going to kick our asses out of spite, revenge and the need to disarm America so they can get a dick in us.

Jaque
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Jaque

Let this be a lesson. Trust no one. Especially the political class. They will take your money and promise the world. But the common illness of all politicians is a weak spine, or no spine at all. Like a Jellyfish. The NRA sure can pick em.

Magnum
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Magnum

Sickening, Just Sickening!

Al
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Al

What are we saying here? Crenshaw is anti 2A?

Will
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Will

@Al,yep. You can’t be for ERPO’s and pro- 2A too.

ras52
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ras52

Will, right on. The Republicans are cowards who let the Democrats walk all over them and say nothing. Very few of them have the guts to fight back.