Michigan GOP Rep. Fred Upton stabbed voters in the back by enforcing new gun control measures dubbed ‘red flag laws’. Upton also downplayed the effects by claiming that “law-abiding folks shouldn’t have any fears in terms of what’s going on. However, Red flag laws, also known as extreme risk protection orders, allow a court to confiscate a firearm from an individual who is believed to pose a violent threat.
“I want to turn to guns. A bipartisan group in the Senate is trying to lock down a compromise deal, but funding for state red flag laws and eliminating the so-called ‘boyfriend loophole’ do remain sticking points for Republicans. Congress leaves for recess in a week. Do you think a deal is still gettable?” CNN jester Dana Bash asked.
Upton said he thinks a deal is still possible before recess, but the two “sticking points” are “common sense.”
“Law-abiding folks shouldn’t have any fears in terms of what’s going on. It’s been a rallying point, particularly for the NRA and Gun Owners of America. You look at their website and they’re raising cash like you wouldn’t believe in terms of, ‘their Second Amendment rights are being taken away.’”
“That’s not what’s happening here. This is common sense stuff. But it’s been elevated, for sure, particularly when you have some pretty well-respected Republicans, whether it be John Cornyn or Dan Crenshaw literally being accosted at their state conventions in Texas this weekend.”
“If you can seize people’s guns without proving that they committed a crime, why can’t you imprison them without proving that they committed a crime? If you can take their guns, why can’t you take their homes? Why can’t you empty their bank accounts?” Tucker Carlson said Monday.
History tells us that people can and will abuse laws like this. Just look at what happened during WWII right here in the US. Neighbors reported neighbors as Nai sympathizers when the majority of those cases were unfounded and more likely the sharp end of a personal vendetta.