It has been one week since the tragic shootings in El Paso, Dayton, and Chicago. Yes, let us not forget that the same weekend as El Paso and Dayton there were seven killed and fifty-five shot in Chicago. In the wake of said tragedies there is a demand for action, and we can all agree on such. However, there are those who fail to believe in our rule of law, at least when it does not suit their ideological agenda. And therefore, we have voices speaking in a stentorian manner, demanding that the immediate solution is to violate the rights of law-abiding, legal American firearm owners.
There are those who say this must end. They say that we cannot allow this moment to pass and not act. I agree. We must act, but we must act within our established law. We need not create new laws that are unconstitutional.
It is very disturbing for me, and should be to us all, to hear recommendations of nationally instituting “red flag laws.” These laws are in total violation of our Second and Fourth Amendment individual rights enshrined in our Bill of Rights, found in our U.S. Constitution. I have been hearing the rhetoric of those seeking to be our president stating that they will use executive orders, in other words, tyrannical edict, to achieve their goals of undermining our right to keep and bear arms – one that “shall not be infringed.”
When I hear about red flag laws, I ask: why don’t we just enforce the laws we already have?
The Parkland, Florida shooter, Nikolas Cruz, was well known to local Broward County law enforcement. The FBI was also tipped off to Cruz’s potentially dangerous behavior, but, as reported by NBC News, proper “protocols were not followed.” According to CNN, records show the local law enforcement agency received at least 45 call outs to his home. Cruz had also reportedly been referred to the Obama-era PROMISE program for his threatening behavior.
Florida has an established law called the Baker Act that deals with mental health. The Baker Act prohibits “firearms or deadly weapon[s]” from being on the grounds of hospitals providing mental health services and allows for a physician to make a determination concerning whether an “individual transferring from involuntary to voluntary status” under the Act “is of imminent danger to self or others” and could prohibit the purchase of a weapon or ability of that individual to obtain a concealed weapon permit. If Runcie and company had reported Cruz’s behavior to law enforcement, perhaps Cruz could have received some help via the Baker Act, and then it could have been in his records, preventing any purchase of firearms.
So, why do we need new “Red Flag Laws” when it appears that we have a problem with law enforcement enforcing the law? Simple, because it gets progressive socialists closer to their ultimate goal – gun confiscation, and ultimately disarming the American people.
I have heard in this past week those who speak that nothing can go wrong with red flag laws. That has already been proven wrong, in a fatal way last November 2018 in Maryland.
“Two police officers ordered to remove firearms from a house on a ‘red flag’ protective order fatally shot an armed man Monday morning in Ferndale, Maryland, police said. Anne Arundel County Police arrived at the house at 5:17 a.m. to remove guns from the home under a new law that temporarily allows for the seizure of firearms if a person shows ‘red flags’ that they are a danger to themselves or others, CBS Baltimore reports.
“A man, later identified by police as 61-year-old Gary Willis, answered his door with a gun in his hand, Anne Arundel County Police Sgt. Jacklyn Davis said.
“Sgt. Davis said the man put the gun down. But then, according to a police press release, Willis ‘became irate’ when officers attempted to serve the order. Willis picked the weapon up again, ‘a fight ensued over the gun,’ and a shot was fired, Davis said. The first shot didn't strike anyone, but the officers then fatally shot the man, Sgt. Davis said.
“Neither of the officers were injured. Their names weren't released.
“It wasn't clear why the ‘red flag’ order was issued. A spokeswoman for the Maryland Judiciary denied a request from the Baltimore Sun to release protection order requests associated with the home, citing the law which states the orders are confidential unless a court rules otherwise.”
To my knowledge, an otherwise innocent man, Gary Willis, lost his life, his first inalienable right, and for seemingly no reason. Sadly, we did not hear about Gary Willis on the mainstream media, and to this day it has not been explained why he lost his life. I can tell you why he did – incompetent politicians rushing to implement their ideological agenda violated our individual rights.
See, the real “red flag” in America is the red flag of progressive socialism. It is the flag that fans the flames of coercion, intimidation, threats and violence. It is the red flag that has created our second domestic terrorist gang, Antifa. The first was the Ku Klux Klan. And both have been defended by the same Democratic [Socialist] Party. No one said anything about these red flags when they attacked our ICE facilities in Aurora, Colorado and Seattle, Washington. These red flags showed themselves when a young Asian conservative journalist was attacked.
These red flags spoke loudly outside of the residence of the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, where at least one protester expressed, according to Fox News, that someone should “stab the mother---er in the heart.” These red flags wave proudly when a leftist congressman makes a list of Americans to publicly shame and intimidate them just because they support President Trump. The progressive, socialist red flag flies when a leftist is on MSNBC and vehemently asserts that “pitchforks and torches” should come out to protest someone holding a fundraiser for President Trump. And this is all not even mentioning the businesses being targeted.
It is the red flag of progressive socialism that seeks to undermine the constitutional right that enables us to be protected from their tyranny. And sadly, there are Republicans who are rallying to the left’s red flag.
This is how it always begins with tyranny, never letting a good crisis go to waste. Hugo Chavez claimed that he had to ban private gun ownership in order to curtail gun violence … the same as Hitler, Stalin, Mao, and Castro. Our Founding Fathers knew one thing for certain: an armed individual is a citizen, while an unarmed one is a subject.
In honor of Mr. Gary Willis, a man just three years older than I am, I will not allow the red flag of progressive socialism to fly in our America.
Allen West is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army. Mr. West is a Senior Fellow at the Media Research Center to support its mission to expose and neutralize liberal media bias. Mr. West also writes daily commentary on his personal website theoldschoolpatriot.com.