In the week following the mass shootings in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH earlier this month, Americans informed on their fellow citizens in record numbers for potential “red flag” behavior as they are gripped yet again by media-driven hysteria.
According to the FBI, there were 70 percent more calls to a tip line set up to prevent mass shootings in the week following the mass shootings and the subsequent wall-to-wall coverage from the fake news demonizing the 2nd Amendment. The FBI reportedly fielded over 38,000 phone and online tips from concerned individuals, as the police state kicks into high gear.
“Such increases are often observed after major incidents,” the FBI said in a statement. “As always, the FBI encourages the public to remain vigilant and report any and all suspicious activity to law enforcement immediately.”
This hysteria has already resulted in dozens pre-crime arrests, as children have been charged in several instances for making jokes online. Digital free speech, already under attack from Big Tech entities like Google and Facebook, is now being threatened by a network of citizen spies and overzealous federal law enforcement.
The worst abuse resulting from the hysteria thus far has happened to Brandon Wagshol, a 22-year-old resident of Connecticut. He was arrested earlier this month and had his firearms seized for merely posting a meme on social media:
22-year-old Connecticut resident Brandon Wagshol was arrested on Friday for posting a meme on social media that authorities claim indicated he showed an interest in committing a mass shooting…
He was arrested after law enforcement received an anonymous tip about the meme, which prompted the arrest of Wagshol as pre-crime becomes a reality as the Bill of Rights becomes a fading memory.
“What I understand is that he didn’t make any comments on Facebook, but there may have been other memes, as they call them, that he might have reposted,” said Darnell Crosland, who is representing Wagshol as his attorney.
In addition, Wagshol’s firearms were seized under Connecticut’s red flag law – in what will become the new status quo across the country if federal lawmakers get their way. The firearms found in Wagshol’s home were legal and registered to his father, but were taken anyway.
With the precedent already set allowing the revocation of individual rights based on digital freedom of expression, the notion of red flag gun control has never been more dangerous. One call to the authorities from a liberal family member could mean the permanent revocation of 2nd Amendment freedoms, if proponents like Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) are successful in their push to enact these laws federally.
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Massachusetts Gun Store Remaining Open in Defiance of Governor’s “Non-Essential” Declaration
The Gunrunner isn’t closing its doors.
A Massachusetts gun store is remaining open even after Governor Charlie Baker labeled firearm retail establishments “non-essential” and directive them to close under the commonwealth’s state of emergency declaration.
John Costa, owner of The Gunrunner in Middleboro, believes that the Second Amendment provides his gun store with authorization to remain open.
Costa explained that “under the second amendment we have every right to defend ourselves,” justifying the operations of The Gunrunner. Business has been booming at the store according to Costa, with unprecedented amounts of gun purchasers patronizing the establishment despite Baker’s command that they stay away.
Baker expressed discontent at a Wednesday press conference upon learning that some gun stores in the commonwealth were remaining open.
“They shouldn’t have been open last week. The only folks on the firearm side that have been essential been in Massachusetts since we issued the initial order are manufacturers.”
Costa is practicing social distancing measures, as well. He’s not even letting customers to enter the physical space of his store. Instead, potential gun buyers are describing the kind of gun they want for Costa to bring it out to them curbside. It’s hard to imagine more stringent social distancing measures being utilized by any business, but it’s not good enough for the commonwealth of Massachusetts.
The store has received a cease-and-desist order from town officials after declining to close in accordance with state directives. Gun stores aren’t included as essential retailers in the proclamation issued by Massachusetts’ nominally Republican governor, and he’s going to greater lengths to close them than progressive Democrats in states such as New Jersey and California. Governors and sheriffs in both states caved when the Trump administration declared firearms retailers to be essential businesses under updated DHS guidelines, but Baker is steadfast in insisting that gun retailers close.
Americans have shattered previous monthly records for firearms purchases during the month of March, showing a desire to lawfully acquire arms that correlates sharply with the coronavirus epidemic. With an unprecedented demand for guns among the public, policy makers should think twice about arbitrarily demanding the industry shut down.
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