Conservative state lawmakers from South Carolina are pushing back against the Republican Party’s national capitulation on the 2nd Amendment, issuing a letter to President Donald Trump strongly urging him to oppose “red flag” gun control laws.
“Making sense of each tragic act of violence and formulating appropriate policy responses designed to protect innocent Americans requires a proper understanding of the context and the facts,” the conservative lawmakers explained in the letter.
“According to the F.B.I. and the Bureau of Justice, overall property and violent crime rates have been in decline since 1993. These statistics show that violent crime rates have fallen from 747 per 100,000 people in 1993 to 382 per 100,000 people in 2017,” they added.
39 conservative lawmakers from South Carolina – 33 state house representatives and 6 state senators – signed onto the letter in an attempt to stop federal legislation to enact red flag laws that would revoke due process and seize guns from individuals who liberal activist judges deem are a threat to public safety.
“In states like Maryland, Oregon, and California that have enacted these “red flag” laws, the individuals subject to “emergency protection orders” are effectively guilty until proven innocent,” the conservative lawmakers explained.
“This flips due process on its head. “Red flag” laws erode the very cornerstones of our country, the right to keep and bear arms and due process. They also put law enforcement and citizens in adverse, unnecessary circumstances that will lead to more instances of police brutality and tragic death,” they added.
In the letter, the lawmakers appeal to Trump by referencing his troubles with the deep state, who have abused their power to attack him and undermine his presidency. They argue that new constitutional infringements will only lead to more overreach.
“During your candidacy for President, the former administration used the F.B.I. and F.I.S.A. courts against you. We are urging you not to give the federal government any more power to bypass our Constitution,” they wrote.
“Furthermore, we the undersigned urge you to remember your oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, which expressly prohibits taking the inherent human rights of Americans without prior due process. Specifically, these “red flag” laws are gross violations of the 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 9th, and 10th Amendments,” they added.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, the neoconservative lawmaker from South Carolina, has been one of the individuals in President Trump’s ear urging him to adopt “red flag” gun control laws.
“El Paso shooting is sick and senseless. Time to do more than pray. Time to enact common-sense legislation in Congress to empower states to deal with those who present a danger to themselves and others — while respecting robust due process,” Graham wrote in a Tweet on Aug. 3.
“May not have mattered here, but Red Flag laws have proven to be effective in states that have them,” he added in a subsequent tweet.
“Red flag” laws have certainly been effective at disarming patriotic Trump supporters, which was demonstrated recently in Oregon when a former marine had his firearms seized to protect the safety of ANTIFA domestic terrorists. The conservative lawmakers in South Carolina are attempting to stop more situations like these from happening throughout the country with their appeal to President Trump.
“NFAC” Militia Leader Grand Master Jay Shows His Pitiful Knowledge of Firearms
This was laughable.
The leader of the black nationalist “Not F****** Around Coalition,” self-titled “Grand Master Jay,” (real name John Fitzgerald Johnson) demonstrates a poor knowledge of firearms in a new video of the militia leader.
The NFAC is a black militia group that actively supports secession from the United States, and has engaged in several armed protests for purposes of political intimidation. The group went viral for an armed march at Stone Mountain, Georgia, in which they hailed and hassled motorists.
Twitter user and firearms enthusiast @LouisvilleGun published the video of Grand Master Jay on Wednesday morning, in which he makes a series of false claims about an AR-15 style rifle.
Leader of the “Not F****** Aroind Coalition” shows off his firearms expertise. Remember, he’s a “highly trained shooter.” pic.twitter.com/bPUKdxPRRO
— Richard (@Wildman_AZ) July 29, 2020
First, the Grand Master makes the claim that the AR-15 rifle he’s holding is a “bullpup.” A bullpup rifle’s magazine is placed behind its trigger group in proximity to the shooter. An AR rifle is not a bullpup rifle.
Johnson calls the rifle an “XR-15 shorty,” and claims that he bought the gun in 1990 in Germany. Firearms imported from Germany aren’t unheard of in American civilian ownership, but the rifle looks much more like an American-made Colt AR rifle.
Jay then goes on to demonstrate closing the caught bolt of the rifle by applying force to the stock. But he falsely claims that such an action will fire a live round from the rifle, when in reality it’ll just place a round in the chamber. Only the trigger can fire the rifle. Johnson also says this form of negligent discharge can happen when the safety is activated.
Perhaps most strangely, the militia leader goes on to claim that recruits in basic training for the armed services accidentally kill themselves on the regular through setting off that exact form of impossible negligent discharge and shooting themselves in the head. There’s no reason to believe that has ever happened, and if it did, it would almost assuredly be a major scandal leading to scrutiny of the military’s training practices.
An armed protestor of the NFAC shot three of his own demonstrators through a negligent discharge at a recent Louisville, Kentucky event. Maybe Grand Master Jay should’ve taught him more fundamental gun safety instead of incorrectly teaching that you can fire an AR-15 merely by closing the bolt of the rifle with a loaded magazine.
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