All around the nation, we are seeing gun control laws being proposed and enforced. For most states, it starts with what are being called “red flag” laws. These legislations, if passed, allow local and state governments to take firearms away from, fine, or even arrest and jail citizens who someone else has labeled as a possible threat.
And as we can see in states like Virginia, once gun control measures like this succeed, it doesn’t take too long before stricter, and more tyrannical laws are put in place, hindering and violating law-abiding citizens’ Second Amendment rights.
So it’s a good thing conservatives are standing up and saying no to these unconstitutional proposals in states that are not too far gone yet.
Take the state of New Mexico, for example. Here, liberal lawmakers have already passed a proposed red flag law in the state senate earlier this year. And if nothing is done between now and then, it is expected to succeed in the state House as well. From there, Democratic Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham would be more than happy to sign it into actual law.
But in the House, the bill might have to fight a little harder, at least if congressional candidate Claire Chase has anything to say about it.
Chase is campaigning for the Republican nomination of New Mexico’s second congressional district, one that Trump won by about 11% in 2016. Currently, the seat is held by Representative Xochitl Torres Small, who won it in 2018 after nearly being defeated.
The district is usually quite conservative-leaning, so it’s not a stretch to say that Chase could do well here, especially if she continues to campaign like she currently is.
She recently recorded herself taking a stand against the proposed red flag law, showing the nation and her would-be constituents precisely what she thinks about it. And she uses a rifle to do so.
She started the video by saying, “I have a few words about the so-called red flag law that liberals in Santa Fe are pushing.” Then she said, “This piece of legislation is an attack on our Constitutional rights that would make innocent until proven guilty into guilty until proven innocent. Well, I have a few words for those liberals in Santa Fe.”
“Come and take them.”
She then proceeded to aim .308 rifle at a red flag and shoot it to support her Second Amendment rights.
I couldn’t have said it better myself.
And apparently, she isn’t the only one in the state who has the same idea.
Conservatives and gun rights groups have also stood up to the proposal, saying it would completely dismantle fair due process in the state, allowing someone to be assumed as guilty before investigations are even opened.
The National Rifle Association or NRA, in particular, has taken a strong stance against the motion. It claims that the bill “requires individuals to surrender firearms to law enforcement based on uncorroborated evidence that they are dangerous.”
And it’s true. All one has to do is say something derogatory about someone who owns a gun, maybe show a picture of the said gun, and immediately that person can be seen as a threat to the community and therefore, punishable.
Time and time again, this new law has been used to harass and criticize people who are just enjoying their Second Amendment rights.
Take Nathan Myers, for instance, a 16-year-old who regularly went shooting with his mother near their home in northern Colorado. But on one such outing, he made the mistake of taking a short video of a few of the guns he and his mother were planning on shooting.
Within minutes, police were sent out to their home, to speak to Nathan’s father, and to the school where he attended. While he was eventually cleared by police and not deemed threatening to anyone, he was kicked out of school and forced to attend counseling and a “threat assessment hearing.”
All for simply being known to have access to a gun.
Our nation used to be seen as a place of freedom, where people have the right to prove their innocence. But laws like this are changing all that. Before long, our entire justice system will be in the toilet, if it isn’t there already.