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NAT’L – GUN RIGHTS – Proposed Gun Laws Would Do Nothing to Prevent Mass Killings, and Everyone Knows It

“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” —H.L. Mencken

The country is again in an uproar following the latest mass shootings in Texas and Ohio. In response to the hysterical clamor in the media to “do something,” politicians in both the Democratic and Republican Parties want (yet again!) more gun laws. Republicans, including President Trump, are proposing a “red flag” confiscation law that would enable police to summarily seize an individual’s guns based on hearsay. Such a law would blatantly violate the First, Second, Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments. In practice, these laws would have no significant effect on actual shooters, but would ensnare people like Donald Montgomery, a retired police officer from Long Island who sought insomnia treatment — and was declared “mentally ill” and had his guns permanently seized under Andrew Cuomo’s notorious “SAFE” Act. Republicans should know better, but apparently, they don’t.  [full article]

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