The GOP is desperate to pass new gun control. They believe that they need to "do something" in order to save their political careers. Over the past couple of months, the Republican establishment has been looking for a way to pass gun control without angering their Conservative base.
Now, the GOP thinks they have found a way...
As you know, Congress will need to pass a dozen massive pieces of legislation over the next 2-to-3 weeks in order to keep the government funded over the next year. These bills determine how the government can and cannot spend your taxd ollars. If these 12 appropriations bills do not pass, then the Federal government would shut down.
That is why they are known as "must pass" pieces of legislation. Democrats know that the GOP is terrified of being blamed for another shutdown. The Left wants to use the threat of a government shutdown to force the Republicans to approve some of their most Liberal agenda items.
However, they can't just tack on anything to a spending bill. The amendment has to be "germane," or relevant to the subject of the legislation itself.
But the Left believes they have found a solution: They are now advancing a Republican bill that would give government the power to disarm innocent gun owners!
For weeks, we have warned that the GOP was working on a way to pass their Red Flag bill into law.
Red Flag laws work by giving the government new gun confiscation powers. Normally, the government must charge someone with a crime and then obtain a conviction in order to get a confiscation order. These laws skip that entirely and allow judges to sign off on confiscation raids simply if they believe a gun owner is "dangerous."
It may not seem like it, but that is a big difference. Americans have a right to due process and that includes a right to the presumption of innocence. You are innocent until the government convinces a jury of your peers, beyond a reasonable doubt, that you are guilty of a crime.
However, under Red Flag laws, prosecutors only need to convince a judge that it is "more likely than not" that a gun owner is dangerous. The gun owner isn't allowed to be present in these ex parte hearings.
Once the guns have been seized, only then is a gun owner allowed to argue their innocence. And it is up to them to convince a judge that they are not dangerous. Instead of being innocent until proven guilty, these laws make gun owners guilty until proven innocent.
if the Judge isn't convinced, then the confiscation order gets extended for a year. All of this happens, by the way, without any criminal charges being filed. Red Flag laws allow the government to disarm innocent people without even needing to accuse them of breaking the law.
This is what Democrats have always wanted: the ability to confiscate firearms from innocent people...
The Left has proposed a Federal Red Flag law that would give the Federal government the power to disarm American gun owners at-will. But Republicans have a proposal of their own: The Extreme Risk Protection Order and Violence Prevention Act. Instead of one top-down program, this GOP bill -- written by Marco Rubio -- calls for the Federal government to fund 50 state-level Red Flag laws.
Since this deals with government spending, the Left can add it into the spending bill. And since it is actually a Republican bill, they know they have GOP votes to help push it through.
And we are running out of time to stop it!
This is happening. The Democrats are pushing this bill through and the GOP is helping them do it.
It would use YOUR taxd ollars to create programs across the country helping state and local police confiscate guns from innocent, legal gun owners.
This has always been the Left's end goal. To them, simply owning a gun makes us all dangerous. This legislation would allow for gun owners to be disarmed without even being charged with a crime.
This is the biggest threat to our Second Amendment rights that we have seen. And whether it gets pushed through as a standalone bill or spending amendment, Republicans are promising to help Democrats pass this gun confiscation bill.
It is up to YOU to stop them! You CANNOT let the Republicans give the Left these confiscation powers.