2019-09-10 05:53:32 UTC
3. And this is why our rights are in real and immediate danger. From the
“Americans across party and demographic lines overwhelmingly support
expanded background checks for gun buyers and allowing law enforcement to
temporarily seize weapons from troubled individuals, according to a
Washington Post-ABC News poll, as President Trump and Republicans face fresh
pressure to act.”
“Allowing law enforcement to temporarily seize weapons from troubled
individuals,” aka the “red flag” laws, is a violation of due process, the
Second Amendment, and also a “pre-crime” measure. The public support sit
because a) unscrupulous politicians demagogue the issue of gun control,
b)the average American, thanks to our incompetent public school system, can’t
distinguish a constitutional right from prickly pear, and c) limiting the
rights of hypothetical “bad people” is so easy, compared to when one’s own
rights are being infringed.
This is a useful poll, because it shows how vulnerable the ignorant are to
politicians who want to take over their autonomy and weaken our democracy
under the impetus of “do something.” Who is going to explain to these
millions of inattentive people with weak critical thinking skills why “red
flag” laws are the totalitarian camel;s nose in the tent? President Trump,
with his junior high school level rhetoric? Me, with my essays that violate
Facebook standards? The news medi-ack! Ack! Gag! Cough! I couldn’t even that
ridiculous possibility out. Who?
And who gets to define a “troubled individual”? Anyone with symptoms of
depression, anxiety, or stress? That describes 90% of the people I know.
Those with irrational anger and obsessions? That’s the entire Trump-hating
Facebook Borg, based on my reading this week. People with rocky marriages,
conflicts at work with supervisors and co-workers; ranting bloggers? Charles
M. Blow? Kurt Schlicter? Stephen Colbert? Alec Baldwin?
We have a dumb, ignorant, lazy, badly educated, civically incompetent
electorate that the news media and politicians want to make worse on all
counts, and work constantly to accomplish that goal.
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