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.
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Google Unveils Orwellian Location Tracking Data for Wuhan Virus Lockdown
According to a report from CBS News, Google will be using its massive compilation of data to track the movements of people around the world.
From there, it will provide this data to policymakers and researchers in order to combat the Wuhan Virus.
The Big Tech titan published the so-called Community Mobility Reports for 131 countries. These reports feature localized data on how to travel to places like stores and parks and has been changed during the last month. In the United States’ case, Google’s data is divided on a county by county basis, which shows a massive reduction in people’s movement in urban and suburban communities —in some cases there are drops of 80 percent — with modest declines in rural areas in comparison.
Take for example, New York. According to Google’s mobility tracking data for New York witnessed a 62% decline for retail and recreation venues, 68% decline for public transit hubs like subways, buses, and train stations, 46% decline for workplaces, and 32% decline for grocery stores and pharmacies as of March 29.
In New York County, the reduction is even more dramatic. Movement dropped 86% for retail and recreation, 78% for transit, 57% for workplaces, and 51% for groceries and pharmacies.
The reports “aim to provide insights into what has changed in response to policies aimed at combating COVID-19,” the company stated on the website where the reports are published. “The reports chart movement trends over time by geography, across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.”
The company plans on updating its figures regularly. It claims that the data is designed in a manner that protects people’s anonymity.
Damian Collins, a British Parliament member who has spearheaded efforts to investigate Google’s data practices, revealed in an email to CBS News that the reports indicateto limit the Wuhan Virus’ impact. However, he advised that people be cautious about in letting Google have the power to track people’s daily lives.
“This certainly shows the impact that the social restrictions are having on daily life, and helps policy makers determine the effectiveness of these strategies,” stated Collins. “It also illustrates the level of background surveillance that has become commonplace, without people really being aware of it.”
Jason Kint, the CEO of Digital Content Next, a trade group that represents digital publishers, agreed with Collins and is skeptical of Google’s underlying motives.
“While it’s a noble effort and the anonymous presentation is interesting, it’s asking a lot to trust a company who’s entire business model is about surveillance and monetization of as much personal data across our lives as they can collect,” Kint stated.
Collins believes that Google’s tracking data may be useful for policymakers, there are still questions about potential privacy violations and future mass surveillance abuses.
“In a crisis people may consent to this, but there has never really been a public debate about whether we agree to it in principle. The aftermath of this crisis may start such a debate,” Collins remarked.
Big Tech’s influence has been the source of public discussion since Trump got elected.
It has been instrumental in suppressing dissident voices and will now likely be greatly empowered by this new crisis.Conservatives would be wise to be skeptical of both corporations and government.
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