Under the Guise of Safety: How ‘Red Flag’ Laws Threaten Constitutional Rights

by | Mar 27, 2024 | Opinion

The U.S. Justice Department has launched the National Extreme Risk Protection Order Resource Center, in a disturbing collaboration with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The Center, conveniently funded by a DOJ grant, aims to streamline the process of seizing firearms from law-abiding citizens under the guise of so-called “red flag” laws.

The term “red flag” itself should send shivers down the spines of anyone who values their constitutional rights. Under the pretense of protecting public safety, these laws trample on the Second Amendment rights of individuals without due process. It’s guilt by accusation, not by action. And who stands to benefit from this erosion of rights? Well, unsurprisingly, it’s the very gun control advocates who have been salivating over every opportunity to disarm law-abiding citizens.

The Center’s slick website, developed with taxpayer dollars, promises an easy-to-navigate interface to expedite the process of stripping away your rights. It’s like a dystopian nightmare come true – all it takes is a few clicks, and suddenly, your firearms are gone, confiscated by the very authorities who are supposed to uphold your freedoms.

Vice President Kamala Harris couldn’t resist chiming in, urging states without red flag laws to jump on the bandwagon. It’s the classic playbook of the authoritarian left: centralize power, strip away individual liberties, and cloak it all in the guise of “public safety.”

The timing of this move was ominous. Just as President Biden signed off on a bloated federal spending package, this assault on our rights was unleashed. It’s a slap in the face to every American who cherishes their freedom – a reminder that politicians will stop at nothing to expand their control over every aspect of our lives.

Predictably, voices of reason on Capitol Hill, like U.S. Reps. Thomas Massie and Matt Gaetz, have denounced this brazen power grab. They recognize the true intent behind the Center: to target law-abiding citizens and undermine the very fabric of our democracy. And let’s be clear – those who supported the omnibus spending bill are complicit in this assault on our freedoms. They’ve handed the government a blank check to trample on our rights, all in the name of political expediency.

Red flag laws are an inherent injustice. They disproportionately impact the most vulnerable in our society, burdening them with exorbitant legal fees to reclaim their rights. And let’s not forget the stigma attached to these orders, demonizing those with mental illness without offering meaningful support or resources.

The National Extreme Risk Protection Order Resource Center is nothing more than a Trojan horse for tyranny. It’s a stark reminder that eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. We must stand firm against this assault on our freedoms, lest we wake up one day in a country where the government dictates every aspect of our lives – including our fundamental right to self-defense.

We should not let our freedoms be sacrificed on the altar of political expediency. Liberty is non-negotiable.

Austin Petersen is a former Libertarian presidential candidate turned Republican and the host of the Wake Up America show every Monday-Friday from 7-9am central which you can stream live on Rumble, or listen to on Spotify or iTunes. He resides in Jefferson City, Missouri with his wife Stephanie and their two presidential French Bulldogs, Calvin and George.

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