There is a creeping level of doubt in Washington D.C. at the moment thanks to an ever-evolving set of policies that the Trump administration is latching onto.
After the horrific events of the Parkland, Florida school shooting on Valentine’s Day, there has been constant and tiresome liberal pressure to adjust, if not repeal the Second Amendment entirely. This predictable ratcheting up of the rhetoric seems to accompany any tragedy that the left can somehow tie into a gun rights issue, even when there is a clear and immediate need for mental health reform in the example.
As it turns out, some of this pressure is finding it’s way into the Oval Office, at least according to the latest from the office of the President.
“The Trump White House released policy papers Monday declaring full support for California-style firearm confiscation orders.
“Breitbart News has a copy of the release and it urges states to adopt Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs). Such orders allow firearms to be confiscated with a judge’s approval.
“The White House suggests that ERPOs ‘allow law enforcement, with approval from a court, to remove firearms from individuals who are a demonstrated threat to themselves or others and temporarily to prevent individuals from purchasing new firearms.’ They stressed that the orders ‘should be carefully tailored to ensure the due process rights of law-abiding citizens are protected.’”
While ERPO’s certainly seem to be a logical piece of the legal toolkit, experts have long warned that these orders could be commandeered to great effect by leaders with a tyrannical goal in mind.
“In what many believe is the beginning of a Constitutional crisis, Seattle police have taken the distinct honor of being the first law enforcement agency in the state to put an extreme risk protection order, or ‘erpo,’ into practice by forcibly confiscating the guns belonging to a Seattle resident without a warrant, arrest, or even criminal charges.
“The new ‘red flag’ law, which has taken hold in other states already, allows the courts and law enforcement to take away guns from individuals they deem are dangerous.
“A man living in the Belltown neighborhood of Seattle, Washington became the first individual in the state to have his firearm confiscated without any formal arrest or charges. The man was not identified by authorities.”
And the reason they confiscated his weapon:
“Neighbors complained that the man stared at people through storefront windows while wearing a holstered firearm, even though open-carry was legal in the jurisdiction and he was well within his rights. I don’t know if there are anti-staring laws in that part of Washington state.”
So, as Seattle police continue to impose their Nazi-esque gun-confiscation tactics to practice, we have the White House showing overt support for this precise sort of legislation.
Remember folks, we don’t need the Second Amendment until we need the Second Amendment.