Red Flag Laws are Not a Magical Solution to Gun Violence
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Red Flag Laws are Not a Magical Solution to Gun Violence

Last weekend’s spurt of mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas has brought the dreaded gun control debate back into the mix.

Combine that with identity politics, and we have all the makings for unproductive discussions on public policy.

The media have been quick to blame white supremacy and associate President Donald Trump with this shooting. The shooter’s manifesto is filled with hateful language and anti-immigrant sentiment, which should be condemned. But there’s more to this story than meets the eye.

First of all, white Americans are not the only group carrying out gun violence.

Journalist Zaid Jilani pointed out that there were two mass shootings in Chicago on the night of August 3, 2019. This was the same day that the El Paso massacre took place. He argues that gun violence in Chicago “has become so normalized it doesn’t even make national news.”

Reports from CBS Chicago indicate that three people were killed and 40 were wounded last weekend. Four shootings occurred on August 2, 12 shootings on August 3, and five shootings on August 4. CBS also reported that there were “two mass shootings overnight in Chicago — both in the West Side’s Lawndale neighborhood.”

The state of Illinois has stringent gun controls which include red flag gun confiscation laws. Despite having these laws present, shootings take place regularly. Chicago is one of the urban centers that epitomizes the failure of gun control policies.

While most mainstream conservatives get this at face value, they still are under the illusion that they can make certain gun control schemes work. GOP politicians like Congressman Dan Crenshaw and Senator Lindsey Graham ignore this at their own constituents’ peril as they champion red flag gun confiscation orders as the “solution” to America’s supposed gun violence “crisis.”

In a debate that is filled with so much emotion, researcher John Lott brings cool-headed reasoning. His research has demonstrated that red flag laws are ineffective in hindering crime, let alone stopping mass shootings. After looking at data from 1970 through 2017, Lott determined 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.”

A more practical example would be the case in Connecticut. The state passed a red flag law in 1999, making it one of the first states in the country to advance such legislation. Gun control proponents would make us think that is the magical solution to gun violence. Well, it didn’t turn out to be that way. Adam Lanza was still able to carry out his massacre at Sandy Hook in 2012.

All in all, there isn’t a legislative quick fix. More than just having every civilian armed, venues should start considering private security options in today’s increasingly polarized political climate.

We must come grips with the fact that the government isn’t going to save us. Often times, it hurts us. On the other hand, there are plenty of solutions both in the market and civil society at our disposal to confront these problems.

Let’s give those a try.

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2 thoughts on “Red Flag Laws are Not a Magical Solution to Gun Violence

  1. Politicians who support this notion will regret the day they ever heard of red flag laws. Their legacies will carry a Supreme Court scolding and perhaps be the landmark of their careers. The Supreme Court isn’t about to jeopardize its own reputation by reducing the ability of private citizens to defend themselves.

    It’s especially important to the justices because currently, half the nation’s murders occur in only 63 counties while the other half are spread across the other 3,081 counties. Said another way, 15 percent had one murder and 54 percent of the nation’s counties had no murders at all.

    These laws were created to dilute power licensed to the psychiatric community and transfer it to unqualified persons the democrats can influence, e.g., local judges, disgruntled aunts, et al. Democrats and weak minded Republicans are victims of the bum’s rush. They’ve been hoodwinked by Bloomberg’s rhetoric and haven’t read his 2018 data.

    It reveals gun homicides declined seven percent, firearm injuries declined 10 percent, fatal child shootings (under 18) declined 12 percent and unintentional shootings plummeted 21 percent. Generally, since 1991, the murder rate has fallen by 45 percent and the overall violent crime rate has fallen by 48 percent.

    The natural next step for any Nazified government was to codify empowerment of mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, uncles, aunts, cousins, friends, neighbors, judges, police officers, boyfriends, girlfriends, classmates, teachers, faculty, employers, co-workers and everyone except those actually qualified to judge mental competence. Soon they’ll want to choose an upper age limit for people to be “allowed by the government” to keep and bear arms as guaranteed by the 2nd Amendment.

  2. The very essence of any red flag law is denial of due process. Without denial of due process, you will find that the proposed law simply duplicates a law already on the books. Red flag laws should be opposed to the death, and this is not an exaggeration. Once due process is gone, the only way your rights will ever again be protected is with the muzzle of your gun.

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