The right to keep and bear arms was put in the Constitution because the Founding Fathers knew what power does to humans. Governments can get corrupted, and if things get too far out of control, force may be required. That’s why the Second Amendment is such a bedrock of our country’s foundation.
The person behind the trigger needs to be mentally capable of handling their weapons. If they aren’t, measures need to be in place to be sure that the mentally incapable person isn’t able to lay hands on deadly firearms.
Trump loves his country and hates seeing what happens when somebody obtains a gun and ends innocent lives, so he’s working on “Red Flag” gun laws.
“We must make sure that those judged to pose a grave risk to public safety do not have access to firearms and that if they do, those firearms can be taken through rapid due process,” President Donald Trump said Monday morning. “That is why I have called for red flag laws, also known as extreme risk protection orders.”
Red Flag laws, in general, say that those who have seen warning signs or “red flags” on somebody, can seek a court order to temporarily keep the person in crisis from getting a gun. California already has something like this. A relative can ask a judge to remove a firearm from somebody that seems to be a threat.
Red Flag laws are only at the state level. Washington, D.C. and 17 other states have them. Before the Parkland, Florida, shooting only five states had corresponding laws. President Trump didn’t elaborate on what direction legislation should take, rightfully leaving the job up to Congress.
Opponents say it may allow government to seize guns without due process. Shortly after Trump’s remarks, Sen. Lindsey Graham and Connecticut Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal both announced they were working on a grant program. They would encourage enforcement of red flag laws, as well as motivating other states to adopt something similar. The grants will be given to law enforcement officials to collaborate with mental health professionals. Together, they can determine what cases would benefit from further investigation and act on them.
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Republican Phil Roe of Tennessee — who sits on the House Veterans Affairs Committee, teamed up with Democrat Colin Petersen from Minnesota. Together, they introduced the Veteran’s Second Amendment Protection Act. It allows a veteran to own or buy a weapon, even if the Department of Veteran’s Affairs assigns third party help to manage their benefits.
“Just because a veteran has someone manage their VA benefits, shouldn’t disqualify them from owning a firearm.” Petersen said. “This bill will ensure that veterans rights are protected by due process.”