There is little doubt left in the minds of Americans that we are living in troubling times for the all-important Second Amendment.
Before we can even begin to tackle the renewed fervor surrounding the mental health attack of Parkland, Florida and its effects on the liberal narrative, we must first remember that we are experiencing an inordinate amount of leftist radicalization first and foremost.
The election of Donald Trump, and the embarrassment suffered by the crooked and incorrigible Hillary Clinton, were triggering for the liberals of our great nation in a way that we had not previously experienced. The democrats and their delusional detachment of leftist thugs were soon rioting in the streets, quite literally, at any opportunity that arose.
When you combine the misclassification of the Parkland tragedy as a “gun” issue to this vociferous vindication, the left’s once wild behavior has transformed into something far more sinister and treasonous.
Now, riding that wave of indignant disregard for the Constitution, Rhode Island’s democratic governor Gina Raimondo is looking to literally have police in The Ocean State seize guns from the public.
“Raimondo’s action, signed before a crowd of gun control advocates, comes in tandem with a measure introduced in the state legislature to enact so-called extreme risk protective orders which would allow police to take guns from those a judge feels may be a threat to themselves or others. While the bill progresses to her desk, Raimondo said her executive action will help pave the way.
“’We cannot wait a minute longer for Washington to take action to prevent gun violence,’ Raimondo said. ‘The executive order I signed today is an immediate step we can take to make residents safer. It sets the table for a complementary legislative effort.’”
The move, which is being closely eyed by Second Amendment advocates the nation over, would allow guns to be seized even if the complaint comes from an ordinary civilian – leaving the door open for a number of abuses.
“The executive order is the precursor to the ERPO bill filed by House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello (D) with the support of the Rhode Island Police Chiefs’ Association. Under Mattiello’s bill, a judge would determine if an order to seize a person’s guns is needed following an affidavit from police, prosecutors or members of the individual’s family. The order would force those affected to hand over their firearms to police or a licensed gun dealer for safekeeping pending a hearing. It would also report the subject to the FBI to be placed in the records of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System as a prohibited firearms possessor, which would bar them from buying more guns.”
The possibilities for abuse under this system are incredibly concerning for the Second Amendment, which has stood in perpetuity for nearly 250 years.