Americans on both sides of the aisle tend to agree on one thing: It is time to get money out of politics.
Lobbyists, special interest groups, and the Citizens United debacle have all contributed to an outright anger over how our public servants have suddenly become the “ruling class”, propped up by kickbacks and slush funds, donor dinner and high-dollar speaking engagements.
It’s a shame, first and foremost, and We The People, all of us, are sick and tired of it.
So why, then, is the left throwing their weight behind the declaration by 145 American CEO’s that demands Congress act to stifle the Second Amendment?
145 business leaders have signed a letter demanding the US government take action on gun violence.
Their plea, which follows the recent rash of mass shootings, is among Corporate America’s strongest statements yet against America’s gun violence epidemic.
In a draft letter addressed to the Senate, the leaders demand that lawmakers “support common-sense gun laws” already passed by the House and that “doing nothing about America’s gun violence crisis is simply unacceptable.” It was first obtained by the New York Times.
The group is pushing senators to pass a bill that requires background checks on all gun sales and red flag laws. The latter enables those who have seen warning signs (aka red flags) to seek a court order to intervene and temporarily prevent someone who is in crisis from having access to a firearm. That is a policy that President Trump has supported, however his plan on gun policy remains unclear.
Particularly concerning is the concept of “red flag laws”, in which any law-abiding citizen may have their firearms confiscated after being “flagged” by people not in a position of authority, and returned only after due process.
In the 1770’s, the behavior of Paul Revere and George Washington would almost certainly have warranted such a distinction, calling into question the competence of these CEO’s to fully understand the Second Amendment itself.
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