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.
In Republican-Controlled Wyoming, A Gun Rights Group is Now being Forced to Reveal its Donors
Violation of privacy.
The Wyoming Secretary of State’s Office is cracking down on a pro-Second Amendment organization by forcing it to reveal its donors. This move was spurred by a campaign that Wyoming Gun Owners launched last summer in which it attacked a number of incumbent elected officials in races across the state.
In a letter that the office published on October 14, 2020 Wyoming Gun Owners allegedly did follow the state’s campaign finance law.
The organization pulled off a number victories by unseating incumbent lawmakers last summer and has released advertisement targeting various candidates in the elections on November 3, which includes Riverton Republican Ember Oakley and Democrat Britney Wallesch.
The pro-Second Amendment organization has been around Wyoming politics for some time and publicly disclosed that it is paying for advertisements. However, its lack of registry with the state as either a lobbying organization or a political action committee runs afoul of state guidelines.
“The Secretary of State’s Office has reviewed the advertisements paid for by WYGO and determined that they are clearly electioneering communications,” the letter stated. “As such, WYGO failed to comply with the requirements set forth in Wyo. Stat. § 22-25-106(h).”
It wasn’t until a few months ago that the group’s activities have not been reported within the state government. The Wyoming government cannot initiate the investigation on electioneering activity allegations unless someone files a formal complaint.
An initial complaint was first reported by the Riverton Ranger newspaper earlier this month. It did not gather any further steam because it was lacking in evidence to support the allegations. Subsequently, a second complaint with proper documentation was filed with the state not too long after, which prompted the Secretary of State to take action.
Wyoming Gun Owners now has until November 4 to disclose the names of its donors or be slapped with a $500 fine.
If the group refuses to follow the state’s order, the case will then be kicked to the Wyoming Attorney General, according to secretary of state spokesperson Monique Meese.
“Then we take their advice about what to do going forward,” she stated.
State Senator Anthony Bouchard founded Wyoming Gun Owners almost a decade ago. Nowadays, it is run by various members of the Dorr Family, who operate a network of pro-gun organizations pushing for pro-Second Amendment policies.
Aaron Dorr, Wyoming Gun Owners’ executive director, has had public disputes with elected officials such as Senate Vice President Ogden Driskill, who has repeatedly criticized the organization’s tactics during the 2020 election cycle.
The pro-gun organization bolstered its reputation by killing a firearm reporting bill in 2019 sponsored by former Campbell County Sheriff and current State Representative Bill Pownall. Wyoming Gun Owners ran ads supporting Bill Fortner, Pownall’s opponent. Throughout these ad blasts, Pownall was depicted as anti-gun. Fortner ended up winning in a landslide.
Such a case shows how even Republican governments will go out of their way to prop up incumbents and infringe on the privacy rights of organizations that wish to restore freedoms such as the Second Amendment. Just because politicians have an “R”s beside their name does not guarantee that they will protect individuals’ rights.
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