The Midterm Elections are now less than two months away and Republicans can't run away from conservatism fast enough.
We see it on immigration, where the very candidates who rode Trump's coat tails in 2016 are refusing to spend even a cent on the border wall.
But we are also seeing the GOP backpedal on gun rights.
For the first time, Republicans aren't campaigning on a promise to protect and expand the 2nd Amendment.
No, they are actually calling for more gun control. Specifically, they're demanding a vote on what is known as a "red flag" bill. This legislation enables and encourages police and judges to disarm innocent people and suspend their constitutional rights.
If a police officer believes someone could be dangerous, they would have the right to confiscate the person's guns and force him or her to go to court to try to get them back. A judge would then have the power to suspend their right to keep and bear arms for the next year.
All of this would be done without even charging someone with a crime. Think about that… Americans would be disarmed and have their rights suspended without even being accused of doing something wrong.
The GOP is eager to "do something" on guns, even if it means putting millions of law-abiding gun owners in the crosshairs.
I live in Colorado. Earlier this year, my state legislature tried to do this. The proposed law would have allowed a judge to suspend a resident's 2nd Amendment rights for up to a year simply by deeming the individual a "significant risk." The law was so broad, it would have allowed confiscations and disarmament simply if a judge believes a gun owner is wiling to use his or her weapons. Anyone who was committed to using their guns in self-defense if necessary would technically fall under the law.
The bill failed by one vote and was ultimately defeated. Now, so-called "moderate" Republicans are trying to resurrect this in Congress and impose a nationwide gun confiscation scheme on the entire country!
Nobody wants dangerous people to have access to guns, but the law already gives police all the tools they need.
Anyone charged with a crime can be immediately disarmed pending the outcome of a trial. Conviction of a felony or misdemeanor domestic violence charge is also enough to revoke someone's gun rights permanently.
If police believe someone is mentally ill, they can have them involuntarily admitted to a mental institution or adjudicated mentally defective in a court of law.
If the government wants to disarm someone, they have to accuse them of being a criminal or mentally unfit. The accused then has an opportunity to defend themselves in court.
But under this new red flag proposal, the burden of proof is flipped. Police don't need to prove anything. They simply need to accuse someone of being dangerous.
Instead of being innocent until proven guilty, gun owners would be presumed guilty until they are proven innocent. Gun owners would have to convince a judge why the deserve to own guns, instead of the state having to prove they must be disarmed.
See how dangerous that is?
What the GOP is proposing is the most radical gun control bill to be introduced in years. This is far more dangerous than anything Obama dreamed up…
The GOP is currently working on combining the four red flag bills that were introduced.
On top of providing federal funds to help local and state police confiscate Americans' guns and suspend their rights, the bills explicitly state that it is both legal and constitutional to disarm innocent people.
Rep. John Katko (R) represents upstate New York. He has an "A" rating from the National Rifle Association. He has built his entire career around a promise to protect the 2nd Amendment.
Katko is the latest Congressman to introduce a gun confiscation bill. Not only does he have Democrats on board, but the GOP leadership has promised to hold a vote on it!
Every time there is a mass shooting, the Left declares that gun owners need to "compromise." What they mean by that is that we need to give something up. The "compromise" is that only some people will lose their guns, as opposed to all of us.
Two weeks ago, when a crazed video game competitor shot up a tournament in Florida, Leftists immediately began demanding more gun control. What they didn't want to admit was that the shooter, a violent anti-Trump leftist, bought his gun in Maryland, under some of the strictest gun laws in the country.
The GOP doesn't care. They are terrified of losing their power and will do anything to keep it.
The last few weeks have proven that most Republicans in office are cowards. They are willing to say and do anything to get re-elected. This year, they actually believe they need to push gun control to win.
When the founders ratified the phrase "shall not be infringed," they literally meant that the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. But they aren't around to protect this Republic. It is up to you.
It really is now or never. If this plan goes through and a Federal gun confiscation program is created, there will be no coming back.