Everytown’s ‘Red Flag’ Warning: ‘H.R. 8 was just the beginning’

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U.S.A.-(Ammoland.com)- A new email blast from anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety, intercepted by Ammoland, makes it clear the gun prohibition lobbying group wants to see the U.S. House pass a new national red flag law, declaring “We need our U.S. Representatives to keep gun violence prevention as a legislative priority.”

Anti-gunners believe they have momentum, declaring last year’s passage of H.R. 8 “was just the beginning.” H.R. 8 is the federal legislation passed by the House 240-190 last Feb. 27 requiring so-called “universal background checks” for all firearms transactions.

A copy of the message, appearing over the name of Federal Legislative Campaigns Director Sarah Trumble, was obtained Tuesday by AmmoLand. Bloomberg is now running for president.

“That was a major victory for the gun violence prevention movement,” the Everytown message stated. “It was the first time either chamber of Congress passed significant gun safety legislation in over 20 years. And they didn't stop there — the House went on to pass multiple lifesaving gun violence prevention bills in 2019; but there is still critical work to be done.” (Emphasis in the original message.)

“The House has the opportunity to pass even more gun safety legislation this year, including bills like H.R. 1236: the Extreme Risk Protection Order Act of 2019. It's a bill that empowers law enforcement and family members to intervene at moments of crisis to prevent gun violence before it happens. But that will only happen if our U.S. Reps continue to prioritize gun violence prevention as a top priority.“—Everytown for Gun Safety

The email blast came as the Washington Times reported a new record was reached for National Instant Check System (NICS) background checks for 2019. Last year, according to raw data from the FBI, there were 28,369,750 background checks initiated. While that doesn’t translate to actual gun sales, it’s a good indication about firearms-related activity. During December, there were more than 2.93 million initiated NICS checks, which is second only to the 3.314 million checks initiated in December 2015.

Source: FBI National Instant Check System

But Everytown’s ambitions may run into strong resistance from gun owners, energized to action following months of primary campaigning by more than 20 would-be Democrat presidential nominees, all pushing gun control as part of their individual agendas. Rights activists are not allowing Democrats to forget Beto O’Rourke’s late-summer outburst during a debate last year in which he declared, “Hell, yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47.” What continues to hurt the party was the fact that none of O’Rourke’s competitors came forward to rebuke the statement, leading Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, to label Democrats “the party of gun confiscation.”

Quoted by the Washington Times article on background checks, Gottlieb gave credit to Democrat rhetoric about gun control for fueling gun sales in 2019.

“Democrats have been the best gun salesmen of the year,” Gottlieb suggested.

The Washington Times referred to a forecast from Small Arms Analytics that estimates 14.4 million firearms will be sold this year. This prediction comes as the 2020 Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show is looming later this month in Las Vegas. AmmoLand will be covering that event extensively.

While Everytown would like to see more restrictions on Second Amendment rights, new information from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives quoted by Summit News suggests the gun prohibition group will have a tough time. The new estimate of gun ownership says there are now 422.9 million privately-owned firearms in the U.S.

This includes 17.7 million modern sporting rifles, the routinely mislabeled “semiautomatic assault rifles” demonized by the gun prohibition lobby.

Recently, a year-old report from the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) that looked at date from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the FBI Uniform Crime Report, resurfaced after being largely ignored to remind the public that rifles of any kind are used in a fraction of all homicides in any given year.

The report stated, “Believe it or not, between 2007 and 2017, nearly 1,700 people were murdered with a knife or sharp object per year. That’s almost four times the number of people murdered by an assailant with any sort of rifle.”

The conclusion of the FEE report, which was released Jan. 11, 2019 was not what gun grabbers wanted to read: “Banning or confiscating such firearms from the civilian population would likely produce little to no reduction in violent crime rates in America.”

That’s not going to stop the gun ban lobby, however, which is now cranking up at the state level as legislative sessions start up this month. For example, the Seattle-based—and billionaire-backed—Alliance for Gun Responsibility has announced a rally on the steps of the Washington State capitol building on Monday, Jan. 20. Their agenda has been reported here previously:

  • Restricting access to high-capacity magazines
  • Requiring background checks for ammunition sales
  • Addressing the intersection of alcohol abuse and gun violence
  • Keeping kids safe from guns where they learn and play
  • Supporting community-based violence prevention programs

But they will have been beaten to the punch by the Gun Rights Coalition, which has scheduled its annual citizen lobby day on Friday, Jan. 17. The event is headlined “Rally 4 UR Rights, GRC Lobby Day.” Details may be seen here. Rights activists in Washington are fired up, despite (or perhaps because of) the recent failed effort to place an initiative before the legislature to repeal gun control Initiative 1639, passed in 2018.

They’re hoping to turn disappointment into determination.

Something Gottlieb told the Washington Times appears to be ringing true, not just in Washington, but neighboring Oregon, in Virginia, Florida and other states where the gun control crowd is busy.

“For gun owners,” Gottlieb observed, “the election cycle has already started. Their rights have already been under attack, and you are seeing record turnouts at meetings around the country.”

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About Dave WorkmanDave Workman

Dave Workman is a senior editor at TheGunMag.com and Liberty Park Press, author of multiple books on the Right to Keep & Bear Arms and formerly an NRA-certified firearms instructor.

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StLPro2A

A politician with a law never stops a bad guy with a gun. He only controls the good guys which is his true agenda. In 1958. the late Col Jeff Cooper, handgun expert and founder of Gunsite Academy, stated, “Killing is a matter of will, not weapons. You cannot control the act itself by passing laws about the means employed.” The bad guy with a gun…..or the mentally deficient guy with a gun……or the terribly distraught family member of a gun shooting victim…….or the Feelz-Gooder Social Do-Gooder…..are the politician’s Useful Idiot Tools to achieve his power and control agenda. The… Read more »

JohnBored
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JohnBored

Any Red Flag law, but especially a federal Red Flag law will be abused. Now the dims want to make drinking a beer to cause execution of a red flag law. Of course, the dims are all about getting states to legalize marijuana. But anyone who uses marijuana will lose their 2nd Amendment rights under current federal law, which is what they really want.

Bill
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Bill

For the anti-gunners, having gun owners fully shackled, bound and gagged, with not quite enough movement available to slide a round into a single-shot firearm, would almost be enough precaution to qualify as “responsible firearms ownership”.

Duke
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Duke

This is very bad for the American gun-owner! NOW is the time to contact your US Senators and President showing your objection in a clear & concise letter.

Doszap
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Doszap

“Hell, yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47.”

I always wondered just WHO “WE” was in his rant.

Will
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Will

@Doszap,I guarantee douche bag Bozo wouldn’t had been part of that “WE”! “WE” won’t take shit unless “WE” wants to fucking die trying!

Justista
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Justista

I was born in East St. Louis and now live in the St. Louis area. No politicians want to address the real violence problem where 3-4 percent of 12-13 percent of the population commit 85%+ of the violent crime in America.
It’s not about safety, it’s about control.
Virginia, coming to a city near you soon!

MICHAEL J
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MICHAEL J

I must say that democrats are responsible for awakening my 2nd Amendment awareness. Each time a gun law fails to prevent a killing, moron politicians and bureaucrats rush out to try another one. And I rush out to buy one.
California is replete with examples of useless laws that only affect the law abiding. Now they have become the poster child of gun control. Democrats have done more for gun ownership, at least for me.

Laddyboy
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Laddyboy

The House of Representatives passed a new Anti-gun law. You mean that the HoR-ror and the CONS called “representatives” passed MORE TYRANNICAL, ANTI-CONSTITUTIONAL, ANTI-SECOND AMENDMENT LAWS AGAINST the RIGHT of Americans to own weapons. In stead of passing NULL, VOID and Anti-Constitutional “laws”, THESE DemoNAZIS need to allow the Police to ENFORCE the LAWS that are ALREADY on the books. THESE DemoNAZIS have ABDICATED and have turned AGAINST their OATH of OFFICE. For this, they MUST be REMOVED from Congress ASAP!!!!!!

Doszap
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Doszap

Going nowhere in the Senate, and if TRUMP is stupid enough to sign it, if by a SLIM chance it does.Then we may as well not vote(HE will be a Traitor and LIAR #1).
I fear if he gets elected as a Lame Duck we will ALL see his true colors.
He has shown his hand already on SCREECHING DUE PROCESS!,and the Red Flag Laws(he’s settled down for now due to a VISIT by LaPierre)
Until HE needed it for HIS self). Oh,the hypocrisy.
Either way we KNOW sooner than later we are going to have fight the MARXISTS.
When they regain full control.

John
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John

As expected, red flags are now being used to harass conservatives. Look at the incidents at St Leo College in Florida.
Accuse anonymously, then hide in the bushes while you have destroyed a life.

Penalties need to be Draconian!

Laddyboy
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Laddyboy

Anyone who calls in for a “red flag law event” — MUST give their REAL PERSONAL INFORMATION. Thus, when the Anti-American action is proven FALSE, that person or organization CAN and MUST be held PERSONALLY and FINANCIALLY RESPONSIBLE for a FALSE POLICE REPORT!

Knute
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Knute

Laddyboy. Your entire post is just fictional. Check out , for example, Colorado’s ERPO. https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb18-1436 Note carefully the wording: “petitioner must submit an affidavit signed under oath and penalty of perjury that sets forth facts to support the issuance of a temporary ERPO and a reasonable basis for believing they exist. Again, note carefully the words: “Believing they exist”. That is all that is statutorily needed, and all that must be sworn to. A belief. How do you propose that such a one can be held personally and financially responsible for falsely swearing to a BELIEF, that turns out to… Read more »

Doszap
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Doszap

Know what,Revenge is sweet.
I would spend every dime I had to get the persons name and location if that happend to me,as I know it would be a LIE.
THIS is what’s wrong with Red Flag Laws.ZERO DUE PROCESS(show me where that’s legal in our beloved Const!.)

Will
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Will

@John,when the former NRA came out in support of ERPO’s that’s when I told those SOB’s to fuck off ! There is noway in hell you can be a 2A advocate and support that bullshit!

TheRevelator
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TheRevelator

@Will,
Wow, so since 2017/18

You sure missed a lot that the NRA was pulling before then.(sarc.)

John
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John

If a person Is in such an alleged mental state to be a danger to themselves or others, why not first hold a hearing with due process adhered too, as it shouldn’t be hard to prove such an allegation, and upon such preliminary finding, place them on an involuntary Court Ordered 90 hour hold for evaluation? Get them help should be the order of the day! Knocking down doors at 0500 and confiscating firearms, leaves the “alleged mentally challenged” with other options of committing violence if of such a mindset as “alleged”; knife violence, hammer violence, or vehicle violence, all… Read more »

Vern
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Vern

Law suits will follow very shortly after by people who can afford it, and because the red flag laws are unconstitutional, the states will be made to repay the gun owners for their losses. In the short end during the next elections the democrats will lose bigtime. The democrats know they will take some huge hits politically, so they must have a backup plan. Maybe a civil war is their backup plan in hopes they will win with the millions of illegals in this country who are armed not counting the thousands of sleeper cells of religion of peace people… Read more »

Country Boy
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Country Boy

until liberal dems fill the court’s seats and pronounce they and they alone are now “The Sanity Police”…be careful what you ask for ‘lest you get it.

Example? Just take a look at how lobama’s CIA was working…..

meanstreak1170
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meanstreak1170

It seems to me a lot of supposed pro 2a and conservatives do not take the time to go vote. Then when the idiot democrats do what they got elected to do, trample our freedoms, they bitch and moan and say thet will not comply. I have no faith in people like that, will they stand and fight to keep their guns or fold like a $2 card table. I don’t like saying it, I think its an overused statement but elections have consequences. We need to somehow motivate pro 2a folks to go vote, a pitbull is not dangerous… Read more »

Arny
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Arny

I think elections should be a paid holiday or at least half a day with the proof you voted. Some people actually do not have the time due to life challenges. You do realize how many conservatives are senior citizens w/out a means of transportation ? How many work swing shifts or are on the road working ? Who makes up the democratic party ? Large majority are receiving benefits with time on their hands. The wealthy import voters at our expense. 70% vote democrat as Nancy Pelosi has even stated, The large cities are ripe for voter fraud. Getting… Read more »

Oldvet
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Oldvet

@Arny…We have vote by mail . Been on the road a lot never missed a vote , Ballot comes in the mail and it’s early .

TheRevelator
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TheRevelator

@Oldvet There are some who are just looking for any excuse to get a free handout. Regardless, It seems that no matter what exceptions are made to make voting “easier” it turns into a new avenue for the DNC to exploit and corrupt for more votes. That being said, I thought I would at least give some ideas for Arny to consider as thought/discussion starters. 1. Original voting- To vote, one must be a land owner, whether male or female, to vote and it must be done in person at the polling place for your residence. (If you want a… Read more »

RoyD
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RoyD

Clarification on number 2. Does this also apply if you happen to be a Federal retiree and receiving Social Security. Enquiring minds want to know.
Just had another thought. How about besides your voter registration card you also have to provide a thumb print. Should be easy enough to do.

TheRevelator
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TheRevelator

@RoyD There is a difference there between retirement and age that should also receive clarification. If retired because of age and mandatory measures, good to go. Perhaps the qualification should be if you paid no net taxes for X amount of time before you retired, then no vote after you retire. The distinction on Employment was made equal across the board. I thought about it after I hit Post, and the only exception I could come up with is for those federally employed. Our Military men get paid little enough as is. If a grunt is serving, absolutely give them… Read more »

PMinFl
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PMinFl

Geeze, I learned about absentee ballots in civics class back in the early sixties. Nothing new here…I was an over the road trucker for over 40 years and utilized absentee ballots many times. Am retired now but use mail in ballot for all elections, works the same as an absentee ballot except mail ins are counted sooner.

Jim
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Jim

HONEST, a sincere question. Why is it that 95 percent of American Jews whether rich or poor advocate against free firearm ownership and the Second Amendment of our Constitution? Don’t they ever learn?

Core
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Core

Hebrew enculturates the belief that when you are not at war you pound your swords into plows and embrace peace. The Mishnah in the Torah lays out the right of self defense. The Torah also does not permit hunting for sport. Most Orthodox Jews and Israel have embraced the reality that they need to defend themselves given the many cultures that target Jews. Rabbi’s who teach their people that guns are evil are frauds, because they are taking away their God given rights by doing so which is laid out in the Torah. Many non Orthodox Jews have slipped into… Read more »

Doszap
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Doszap

Not only in Torah, Jesus said it to two apostles at Gethsemane(if memory serves)

Knute
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Knute

And what does it say in the Talmud? Has anyone ever heard of THAT book?

Will
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Will

The central text of Rabbinic Judaism and primary source of Jewish religious law.

TheRevelator
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TheRevelator

@Will Good Call on that. Hebrews/Jews had multiple laws, laws talked about in the Christian Bible which just refers to them all as “the law” for the most part aside from “God’s Law” One such example is the Talmud, which you find references to in the New Testament(Matthew and Mark) when Jesus chastised the Pharisees for following laws of tradition(the Talmud) while violating God’s law (10 Commandments) to do so. Another example is the Law of Sacrifice reestablished at the rebuilding of Jerusalem in Nehemia requiring(in the Torah sacrifices are not to be had just anywhere, but specifically designated places)… Read more »

Will
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Will

@Rev,talk to you tomorrow bro.

Terry
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Terry

And why is it that 100% of gun owners don’t vote 100% of the time. That’s all it would take.

Doszap
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Doszap

Don’t want to be on County roles to be called for Jury Duty, is the main reason.They forfeit one of our most fundamental rights for another.

RoyD
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RoyD

Thanks to my employment for 22 & 1/2 years I never have to worry about being called to serve on a jury.

Finnky
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Finnky

@DZ – Few localities rely upon voter roles for jury pools any more. My understanding is that most go by driver’s licenses – and it is up to people called up to prove that they are not eligible. That said I seem to get called about once every 5-10 years and have only had to sit at the courthouse one morning – until out of court settlement was reached and rest of the crowd was released. Horribly inefficient process – wasteful of an entire crowd’s time. It is worse than TSA. Until courts are forced to value time of the… Read more »

Oldvet
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Oldvet

@Dosz… Been called twice in 3/4century. If you want out just tell them during the interview you listen to Rush Limbaugh , and you would have to hear evidence and THINK about your decision before voting on verdict!!! They don’t like thinking jurors !!

Vern
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Vern

It is a sad thing but self righteousness plays a huge part in the thinking of those who didn’t vote in the last two elections. Those who believed their righteousness is greater than Donald Trumps don’t have knowledge that they don’t have any at all.

Will
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Will

@Terry,that’s one of life’s greatest mysteries.

Knute
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Knute

That, and a return to honest elections:

Add These Voter Fraud Cases to the Growing List

Knute
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Knute

And these too:
Democrat Electronic Vote Rigging
“He was indeed able to change the election results by doing nothing more than modifying the contents of a memory card. He needed no passwords, no cryptographic keys, and no access to any other part of the voting system, including the GEMS election management server.”
And literally THOUSANDS more examples even more egregious than these.

Heed the Call-up
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Heed the Call-up

Some firearm owners are Democrats and vote on the social issues not pro-rights.

Will
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Will

Will become obsolete/obsolescent pdq.

Doszap
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Doszap

Where do they live,answers most of your question.

Some are far more intelligent than their northern Jews.

hangemhigh
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hangemhigh

Yes, keep your guns. But more about Kitty’s ‘mission’… https://skeptoid.com/blog/2013/01/07/kitty-werthmann-history-distorted/

Arny
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Arny

Really ? I would take her word over a BS article used to debunk her. Snopes of all for fact checking is the funniest thing ever. They should go back to more of what they may know. Sex toys. If you can’t see the similarities you are truly blind.

Heed the Call-up
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Heed the Call-up

So a slack-jawed deviant states she’s evil, that’s good enough for you to discount her message. Yes, we are not Nazi Germany, but look at what the Leftists in our government are trying to do, and many times have done. Our country was founded on self-determination, not government hand-outs. Our Constitution does not state what government “allows” or grants to us, but what, we the people, authority and power we grant our government. Our government is by the people, for the people, not government rule over the people. It governs by the consent of the governed, and that consent can… Read more »

RoyD
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RoyD

Because most of them are liberals.

Finnky
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Finnky

@Jim – See JPFO.org. Don’t know where your 95% figure came from, but don’t doubt it… I suspect it is similar to unarmed residents of high violence inner city areas – their only exposure to firearms is in the hands of gang bangers and abusers. Thus they turn to “authorities” for protection – those “authorities” in turn have always unsuccessfully attempted to disarm the abusive elements. When abuse continues, authorities claim it is due to failure of their disarmament process – so everybody agrees to double down on the failed approach. It is up to those of us who are… Read more »

MSG L
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MSG L

“Every time we give them a piece of what isn’t their to take we drive another nail in the coffin of our Freedom” They will keep chipping away at our Freedoms until they are gone. It is up to us to prevent this.

Terry
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Terry

Death by a thousand cuts.

Vern
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Vern

Because it works, they use it.