After the fallout from the El Paso and Dayton massacres, it appears that Republicans are starting to cave to anti-gun pressure.
Several elected officials such as Lindsey Graham are proposing legislation that would offer grants to states who implement red flag gun confiscation orders.
Freshman Congressman Dan Crenshaw echoed these sentiments, with him even suggesting that The Threat Assessment, Prevention, and Safety (TAPS) Act also be considered.
With 17 states already passing red flag laws and more hysteria building up from mass shootings, it seems that the federal government is about to do the unthinkable and pass expansive gun control.
This has not happened since the passage of the Brady Act in 1993, which created the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
These latest capitulations by supposedly “pro-gun” Republicans show the growing acceptance of the “Minority Report” state.
Gun rights supporters have already sounded the alarms about the due processing destroying aspects of red flag laws. Even more insidious is the pre-crime nature of the TAPS Act.
The TAPS Act, which was introduced earlier by Texas Congressman Brian Babin, and then introduced in the Senate by Florida Senator Marco Rubio, would effectively expand the surveillance state and usher in a new era of pre-crime enforcement.
In a statement during his bill’s revelation, Babin declared that the TAPS act “Standardizes and provides a behavioral threat assessment and management process across the Federal government. Provides states the training, resources, and support needed to stand up community-based, multi-disciplinary behavioral threat assessment and management units. Recognizes that behavioral threat assessment and management processes must become part of the culture and fabric of contemporary law enforcement. Urges that this is a matter of national security – if we act now and work together, we can save lives.”
David Leach of The Strident Conservative argues that the Senate version of TAPS Act, S.265, would “encourage law enforcement to give EVERYONE a personal threat assessment (adults and children) and single out those they deem as future threats.” From there, this information could later be used to “stop dangerous individuals before they can commit an act of violence.”
Mark Angelides of Liberty Nation also commented on the implications of Babin’s statement and the legislation in question:
But what result would be measured as a success? If the individual has committed no crime, why should they have their privacy invaded and their life chances hindered with a government record deeming them to be “threat”? If the individual in question has committed a crime, then there are already laws in place to deal with them.
2018 already witnessed Florida, one of the most pro-gun states in the nation, fold to gun control pressure when all branches of its Republican legislature banned bump stocks, raised the age to buy an AR-15, and implemented “red flag” laws.
Now with wall-to-coverage of mass shootings and a Republican establishment that is growing softer by the day, “red flag” and TAPS legislation could be coming down the pipe.
Dark days lie ahead for those who believe in basic civil liberties and the Second Amendment.
Ohio Republican Rob Portman Announces that He Won’t Be Seeking Re-Election
America first nationalists must capitalize on this opening in the senate.
On January 25, 2021, Ohio Senator Rob Portman announced that he will not be seeking re-election in 2022. The 2022 election cycle will be a critical mid-term cycle which will determine what course the Republican Party will take in the wake of Trump’s defeat.
According to a report at The Epoch Times, Portman cited “partisan gridlock in Congress and political polarization” as his main reasons for leaving the Senate.
“I feel fortunate to have been entrusted by the people of Ohio to represent them in the U.S. Senate. Today, I am announcing that I have made a decision not to run again in 2022,” Portman said in a statement.
The Republican senator continued, “I don’t think any Senate office has been more successful in getting things done, but honestly, it has gotten harder and harder to break through the partisan gridlock and make progress on substantive policy, and that has contributed to my decision.”
In Portman’s view, the United States has become “increasingly polarized where members of both parties are being pushed further to the right and further to the left, and that means too few people who are actively looking to find common ground.” Portman also contended that “This is not a new phenomenon, of course, but a problem that has gotten worse over the past few decades.” He concluded by stating that “This is a tough time to be in public service.”
Portman accompanies his colleagues Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey and North Carolina Senator Richard Burr in retiring from office. Portman’s presence won’t be missed. He voted for the Iraq War and even betrayed President Trump by voting against his national emergency declaration at the border. To add insult to injury, Portman has routinely talked smack about President Trump behind his back.
2022 is shaping up to be an interesting year for Republicans with numerous seats in play. With regards to open seats, there will be unique opportunities for America First nationalists to shine in. Ohio is ground zero for the emerging populist realignment taking place in America. Once a state that could go either way during a given election cycle, Ohio is now a safe Republican state.
America First nationalists should milk this opening for what it’s worth and place a staunch nationalist to run for the open GOP seat in 2022. This will be the first midterm where populists can begin purging the party of neocons and other establishment types.
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