The state of Colorado
is trying to pass a bill that will allow the sheriff to take guns away from folks who have killing on their minds.
Red Flag bill
is what they call it because it allows the sheriff to use the red flags in a person’s behavior as evidence the individual is about to commit the oldest sin on the books.
If the sheriff goes into Rob’s house and sees he has a mask, latex gloves, a shovel, trash bags, bleach, and Steffi’s picture plastered all over the wall, then the sheriff can get an emergency order from the courts to take away the soon-to-be murder’s guns. The state of Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser
is cool with it: “I believe the Heller Decision
is quite clear, the Second Amendment right to bear arms is not absolute.”
Although they ruled in favor of Heller, those ol’ fuzzy duds on the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) did let folks know that no right in the Constitution is absolute.
Here’s what the the SCOTUS
said, “Assuming that Heller is not disqualified from the exercise of Second Amendment rights, the District (Washington D.C.) must permit him to register his handgun and must issue him a license to carry it in the home.”
Translation-Any and everything can be limited if a person does irrational things that limits his/her rights.
Heller got his gun permit because SCOTUS found that he didn’t do anything irrational like shooting the rat at Chucky Cheese’s because his cheese pizza wasn’t cheesy enough.
If Heller had shot up that rat before he applied for a gun permit, everybody sitting on that SCOTUS bench would have been like, “We aren’t about to let you get a gun just so you can go hunting down another Chucky Cheese rat. You may decide one day to shoot Ronald McDonald over at Mickey D’s. And we can’t have that, no sir.”
The law is the law. And the law says you can’t be going around here misusing your right in order to infringe on the rights of others.
Saying you have a right to bear arms while using that right to justify your attempt at trying to take away a person’s right to life is like the government saying its duty to protect the nation justifies them torturing a citizen to death just to get evidence out of him.
Just like the government can’t subvert an individual’s right to due
process in order to justify the government torturing a person to death
because they think he may be guilty of something; neither a man or woman can
go around using his/her right to bear arms as justification for why he/she
should be able to keep his/her guns after he/she has shot somebody.
Rights are limited. And rights are limited by the rights of the individual or individuals you are trying to impose your right on.
Crazy folks are the one group the government has given the po’ po’ the right to strip due process from whenever he/she is showing signs of harming himself.
The po’ po’ can use a general red flag law as justification to have the crazies committed for at least 24 hours.
This is all Weiser is saying. He just wants to treat folks who are about to shoot up themselves and or others the same way that we treat the crazy folks.
It’s just that not everybody, like some Democrats and a lot of Republicans, in the state see it that way.
These folks believe Weiser and those other Democrats, like Governor Jared Polis, are big time hypocritizers. Republican State Senator Owen Wilson
had this to say about the whole situation, “Bless his heart…This is the same guy who wants to say we’re going to sue Trump for things we don’t like, is telling people hey you should resign if you don’t want to enforce unconstitutional laws. That is hypocrisy to the fullest.”
While over there on the Democratic side, Pueblo County Commissioner Chris Wiseman
said this is all about including everybody in the discussion which he believes his fellow Democrats, like the State Attorney General Phil Weiser, aren’t doing.
Here’s how Wiseman
put it, “When we do things that people don’t think they’re a part of, it really divides the state in a way that I don’t think is good for its future.”
I agree. All governments should include the people whenever they are talking about expanding and or adding a new law that will determine how the people can interact with each other.
Having said that, the law is still the law. And like I said before, a person cannot use his/her right to justify infringing on the rights of others. Whether it’s the government or an individual, using a right to justify infringing on another person’s rights is unconstitutional in and of itself.
Red flags, you gotta pay attention to them.