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Senator Rick Scott Rationalizes Red Flag Gun Confiscation

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Florida Senator Rick Scott recently penned a piece at The Washington Post in favor of red flag gun confiscation legislation for The Washington Post.

Scott gained notoriety as Florida Governor by making Florida one of the first red states to pass a red flag law in the wake of the 2018 Parkland shootings.

He rationalized his decision to take gun control action in the following passage:

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Let me be clear: I am a gun owner, a member of the National Rifle Association and a strong supporter of the Second Amendment. But the horror of Parkland demanded a swift, practical legislative response to try to prevent future such nightmares.

After the El Paso and Dayton shootings, Scott declared that “Washington should stop the partisan bickering and get to work on solutions.”

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The solution Scott wants is a “red flag” provision to gun policy, just like he enacted in Florida last year.  He describes it as a “common-sense public safety measure.”

Scott went on to say that “our culture has produced an underclass of predominantly white young men who place no value on human life, who live purposeless lives of anonymity and digital dependency, and who increasingly act on their most evil desires, sometimes with racial hatred.”

He concluded, “Progress can be made in the legislative and judicial arenas, but no amount of new laws can completely stop criminals or cure the root causes of violence. The problems go deeper than guns or any inanimate pieces of hardware.”

Despite D.C.’s urgency to pass red flag gun laws, there is reason to believe that they are not a cure-all for gun violence. Gun advocate John Lott argues that “Red Flag laws appear to have had no significant effect on murder, suicide, the number of people killed in mass public shootings, robbery, aggravated assault or burglary. There is some evidence that rape rates rise. These laws apparently do not save lives.” This is based off research he conducted from 1970 through 2017.

Just looking at Connecticut also shows that red flag laws might not be worth the hype they’re receiving. The state enacted a red flag law in 1999, which made it one of the first states to have such legislation on the books. However, this law could not prevent a madman from carrying out a massacre at Sandy Hook in 2012.

 

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Southern Baptist Convention Reverses Course on Name Change After BLP Reporting

They say they’re not changing their name.

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The Southern Baptist Convention has sought to dispel reporting from Big League Politics on the organization’s planned name change, arguing that the institution isn’t formally changing its name.

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But a close look at the American Christian church’s plans relating to its name reveal that it’s played with the idea far more seriously than they’re making it seem.

Reports of a name change first emerged in a Washington Post article published on Tuesday. SBC President JD Greear told the Post that “hundreds of churches” affiliated with the denomination had “committed” to using the phrase “Great Commission Baptist” as an alternative to the denomination’s longtime moniker. The change would come as Greear touts his support of the Black Lives Matter, although he’s been careful in pointing out he doesn’t support any formal organization related to the movement. Greear also is renaming the church he personally pastors with the term.

The SBC’s 2021 convention will also organize under the motto of “We Are Great Commission Baptists.” Sounds a lot like a name change, even if the SBC’s leadership is steadfastly maintaining it isn’t.

The name ‘Great Commission Baptist’ is theologically sound in the Christian religion, but it’s somewhat questionable that the organization’s leader appears to be emphasizing it at a moment in which political correctness is making its entryism into many Christian churches and organizations.

It seems as if the organization’s figurehead is keen to present himself as a liberal-style suburban Evangelical to the Washington Post, but he changed his tune quite quickly when the rank and file membership of Southern Baptist churches learned that he was promoting the idea of a name change.

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