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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine Joins Other Spineless Republicans in Supporting Red Flag Laws

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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine appears to be folding to anti-gun pressure.

Following the Dayton, Ohio shooting on Saturday, August 3, 2019, The Enquirer reports that DeWine unveiled certain gun control proposals such as a “red flag” law, background checks for most firearm purchases, more access to mental health treatment, and harsher penalties for felons with guns and straw purchases.

“If we do these things, it will matter,” DeWine claimed. “If we do these things, it will make us safer.”

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The murderer went through the same bureaucratic process that millions of gun owners must go through to legally acquire a gun.

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DeWine is one of many Republicans such as Lindsey Graham, Dan Crenshaw, and Pat Toomey who are now embracing gun control measures after these shootings.

Although they are trying to appear reasonable in the media’s eyes, none of these gun control measures are effective, nor are they conducive to civil liberties.

Universal background checks add another layer of bureaucracy to gun purchases which often hurt minorities and other groups with less resources that desperately need options for self-defense. This red tape effectively prices them out of owning a gun.

Red flag laws subvert due process by allowing judges to issue gun confiscation orders based on a simple allegation that an individual is perceived to be a threat.

Not only that, but they have been ineffective in preventing certain shootings such as the Sandy Hook Massacre. Today’s outrage culture has made people forget that Connecticut passed a red flag style law in 1999 which ultimately proved futile in stopping said massacre.

Republicans nationwide would be wise to not fall for the latest anti-gun hysteria.

 

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White Pill: Montana House Moves Constitutional Carry Bill Forward

Constitutional Carry is one ray of hope for the Right.

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On January 20, 2021, the Montana House of Representatives passed Constitutional Carry legislation, HB102.

Dean Weingarten of Ammoland.com reported that the bill passed by a 66 to 31 margin.

Weingarten provided some context to the significance of this bill’s progress:

The bill is the accumulation of a decade and a half of struggle against Democrat Governors, who have repeatedly vetoed reform legislation passed with large majorities in the legislature. Numerous sections in the bill show the Montana legislature has learned the lesson from other states as they restore the right to keep and bear arms.

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Montana’s Senate is made up of 31 Republicans and 19 Democrats and Governor Greg Gianforte is a Republican, so the passage of this bill augurs well.  If passed, HB102 would make Montana the 17th Constitutional Carry state.

Montana is already a very gun-friendly state, and represents a low-hanging fruit for Second Amendment activists to tap into.

Constitutional Carry has been one of the most successful movements on the Right over the past twenty years. It’s easy to complain about the corrupt status quo, but there are still plenty of ways right-wingers can score victories. Constitutional Carry is one of them.

It would behoove the Right to analyze existing trends and build off movements that are already producing results. There’s no need to embark on quixotic campaigns that end up being total fools’ errands. Find what’s already working and run with it.

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