Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf Shares Infographic hinting at Social Media Posts Potentially Leading to Gun Confiscation
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf is no fan of the Second Amendment. While Republicans control both chambers of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, Wolf’s occupancy of the Governor’s Mansion places a major roadblock on any pro-gun reforms. It also increases the level of threats gun owners in the Keystone State face.
For example, Tom Wolf shared an infographic that shows how individuals publishing photos of firearms on social media in addition to “cryptic messages,” could prompt a court to seize their firearms under the red flag gun confiscation law he’s proposing for the Keystone State.
Red flag laws allow us to take action when someone who has a gun begins to act erratically.
Red flag laws still require due process, and any removal of weapons is temporary. pic.twitter.com/IVPHgbrvhD
— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) June 16, 2022
“Red flag laws allow us to take action when someone who has a gun begins to act erratically,” Governor Wolf said in his post. As Cindy Harper of Reclaim the Net noted, “In the social media age, this could include in online posts.“ “Red flag laws still require due process, and any removal of weapons is temporary,” Governor Wolf added.
Wolf has been critical of Republicans in the House Judiciary Committee for not voting for what he described as “commonsense” bills to tackle gun violence in Pennsylvania.
Initially Republicans on the judiciary committee were supposed to vote on four bills so they could go to the House floor for debate. Instead, Republicans on this committee voted to kick the bills to another committee.
“Shameful. That’s what I’d call today’s action – or, rather, inaction,” Governor Wolf stated. “Lawmakers have an opportunity to take common sense steps, which the majority of Pennsylvanians support. Instead of taking a vote to advance these bills, they are just delaying debate on this legislation. Gun violence won’t delay. Every day the Republicans stall, more people are at risk.”
“This isn’t just a ‘Philadelphia’ issue. This is a statewide and national issue that must be addressed. It’s reprehensible that Republicans continue to stall when our own constituents want this addressed right now,” Wolf stressed. “I urge Republicans to stop these tactics and take action.”
Pennsylvania is a state that’s gradually re-aligning towards the Republican Party. The Second Amendment remains a hot-button issue even in states with traditional Democratic, working-class voters. While these voters may lean left on economic issues, they still hold strong pro-Second Amendment inclinations.
Right-wing populists in Pennsylvania would be wise to capitalize on this and completely avoid the establishment Republican habit of turning to constructive republican alternative proposals (CRAP) to placate the Left. This is a losing strategy and will only guarantee the death of our rights.
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