Michael Hammond, the legislative counsel for Gun Owners of America, took Senator Lindsey Graham to task in a recent article for the Daily Caller.
Hammond declared that Graham “arrived with the year’s nuttiest idea: To make the GOP the party of gun confiscation and, in the process, jettison the Second Amendment movement from the Republican coalition.”
In this case, Hammond is referring to Graham’s plan to move red flag gun confiscation in the U.S. Senate.
According to Hammond, “To this end, Graham has scheduled a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on March 26 to consider legislation to confiscate large numbers of guns with no notice and no due process whatsoever.”
Over the past year and a half, two red flag bills have been introduced. The first version was introduced by Senator Graham and Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal.
Hammond provided some details about this bill:
Blumenthal-Graham would create a federal gun confiscation program whereby any police or an angry “ex” can petition for a secret court hearing to strip a gun owner of his Second, Fourth, Fifth, and 14th Amendment rights.
When only the accuser is in the room, a judge will normally sign anything that is put before him. In an analogous situation in New Mexico, for instance, a housewife obtained a restraining order against David Letterman for sending her coded messages over her TV set.
And the bill only gets uglier:
Under Blumenthal-Graham, the first thing a gun owner would learn of the proceedings is when the police showed up at his door in the middle of the night, ready to ransack his home and, if he resisted, to arrest or kill him.
Hammond’s fears are not without substance when we look at the infamous Maryland shooting:
In Ferndale, Maryland, a 60-year-old man was shot to death by police serving a “red flag order” at 5:17 a.m. It turned out that the complainant was a non-immediate relative seeking to punish the gun owner after an argument they had.
In addition to Blumenthal-Graham, there are alternatives —S.7 and s. 506—which fund states that have red flag gun confiscation laws in place.
There are 14 states with red flag laws present, with Florida and Indiana as the pro-gun exceptions to this list of red flag states.
In essence, S.7 and S,506 would effectively have Republican, pro-Second Amendment states subsidizing rabidly, anti-gun states to enforce their gun confiscation ordinances.
Although a red flag gun confiscation bill is no laughing matter, Hammond highlights one of the most farcical aspects of the bill:
S.7 has some comic aspects to it. For instance, any “individual related by blood” to the gun owner could bring a suit.
Hence, although Elizabeth Warren may be only 1/1024 Indian, any Cherokee could bring an action to strip her of her guns (assuming she had any). If Michael Bloomberg could go to ancestry.com and prove he was related to you, he could take your guns away.
It seems like the red flag gun confiscation movement that has made waves at the state level is now poised to make a splash at the federal level.
Gun owners must remember that threats to their gun rights don’t just come from Democrats, but also conniving Republicans in the party establishment.
Lindsey Graham happens to be one of those spineless Republicans, and gun owners must recognize that he is no friend of the Second Amendment.
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Tim Tebow Finds a Higher Calling in Pro-Life Causes Rather than Sports Trophies
NRL News Today reported on Kansans for Life annual Valentine’s Day banquet held earlier this month.
Nearly 1,200 people were in attendance at this event.
The theme of this event was LIV-ing in victory, which referred to Super Bowl LIV.
Lamar Hunt, Jr., one of the owners of the Super Bowl Champs, the Kansas City Chiefs, was the Master of Ceremonies for the event. In his opening remarks, he said:
I do not think it is a cliché to say we are in a life and death battle for the truth and authentic dignity of the human person. We need your full attention. You need to drop what you’re doing and join us, and this can be in so many ways: prayer, assistance to those in need, emails, phone calls, in-person meetings. Get educated about what we’re fighting about here. Really listen in and tune in.
Then Hunt said, “Please do something about it. Pray. Take action. If you don’t know what to do, ask somebody. Place this as a major priority in your life.”
Hunt concluded by saying that he often heard the phrase “Live in victory” from another resident at the retirement home where he visits his mother.
The main highlight of that evening was the keynote speech by Tim Tebow, former quarterback for the Denver Broncos.
“It is such an honor to be here,” Tebow said as he thanked the other speakers coming before him for their work to protect the unborn.
Tebow praised Hunt for “having courage in the face of a lot of other people who don’t have it and for your willingness to be up here and support this organization.”
“It really does mean a lot more than winning the Super Bowl,” Tebow remarked. He continued, “One day, when you look back and people are talking about you and they say Oh my gosh what are you going to be known for? Are you going to say Super Bowl, or we saved a lot of babies?”
Tebow asserted that Kansans for Life is not a philanthropy.
It’s a rescue mission. You know why we call it a rescue mission? Because when we say that, it puts a timeline on it.
When’s the last time you heard a rescue mission taking place in a month or a few years. No, a rescue mission means now. It gives you a sense of urgency. It says we have to go not because it’s our time, but because it’s their time. … I have to live a sense of urgency because while I might have time, they don’t.
Later, Tebow turned toward Hunt and Chiefs punter, Dustin Colquitt, who was also attending the event, he told them it was “awesome they won the Super Bowl.”
“It’s amazing. What an accomplishment! But you know the best part of that accomplishment is that it gets you an even bigger platform.” That platform, Tebow declared, can be used to support the pro-life movement.
“You see, my mom 32 years ago had doctors tell her she needed to abort me because if she didn’t, it was going to cost her life. And they didn’t even believe that I was a baby. They thought I was a tumor,” Tebow said.
Tebow jokingly recounted that as the baby of a family of 5 siblings, he was called “Timmy the tumor” by his siblings.
On a more serious note, Tebow said, “to make a long story short, when I was born, they found out the placenta wasn’t actually attached. So, the doctor looked at my mom after 37 years of being a doctor and said, ‘This is the biggest miracle I’ve ever seen because I’m not sure how he’s alive.’ … I’m so grateful that my mom trusted God with my life and her life.”
In 1986, Tebow’s father, Robert, begged the Lord to give him one more child. His father said, “I prayed for a preacher and got a quarterback.”
Tebow finished the event by stating that, “What you’re doing here matters. You’re fighting for life. You’re fighting for people that can’t fight for themselves. And my question to you is: Are you willing to stand up in the face of persecution, in the face of adversity, in the face of criticism, when other people are going to say it’s not worth it, when other people won’t stand beside you? Maybe not everybody is going to be with you. Will you stand up for what’s right?”
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