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Bringing back the Salem witch trials

An “Extreme Risk Firearm Protection Order Act” bill is being introduced in the state Legislature by our governor and her fellow Democrats this month.

Putting lipstick on a pig doesn’t change the fact that it’s still a pig. No matter how you name it, it is still a “Red Flag Law” and it’s pure garbage legislation at its worst.

Just like the Witch Trials in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692, this bill in its current form would allow anyone with a grudge, any anti-gunner, neighbor, emotionally unstable sibling, in-laws, or anyone else that has a grievance to file unsubstantiated charges against someone and file a complaint without any type of investigation into its validity. Being made under oath and accompanied by a sworn affidavit does absolutely NOTHING to verify the validity of the complaint. If you read this bill in its current form, it’s obvious that it takes away a person’s due process. Which is in typical Democratic lawmaker fashion. You are GUILTY until proven INNOCENT.

This new law should allow petitions be made only by prosecutors and require them to show, based on the respondent’s actions or threats, that he/she poses “an extreme risk.”

Gov. Michelle Lujan-Grisham wants to turn New Mexico into another California. Red flag laws are being sold to folks in California and other states as a way to curtail mass shootings. However, it hasn’t helped. Despite having red flags laws on the books for years, two of these states have had high-profile mass shootings.

So, what’s this really about? It’s about control!

Current and new red flag laws will do absolutely nothing to curtail mass shootings. But they do give the government control over its citizens. That’s the Democratic Party’s goal and they can’t do it if the citizens (subjects) are armed.

In New Mexico, the purpose of passing a red flag law has less to do with preventing violence, and more to do with finding reasons to take people’s guns away and taking control of their lives.

Under our current Democratic-controlled state, the Democrats are so anti-gun that I wouldn’t be surprised if they start putting anti-gun slogans on the state seal. Because of this, they can think of no reason to respect the right to keep and bear arms.

The Heller Supreme Court case made it clear that the state can’t just ban guns. So, they’ll try another way. Now, all you need is someone who doesn’t like guns or has a personal vendetta against you and, poof, there go your guns.

Martin Luther King said, “One has not only a legal, but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.” Supporters of such laws will tell you that you can get your guns back, and it’s true. However, you’re now entering a realm of “guilty until proven innocent.” You have to show that you’re not a threat, something that’s not as easy to do as you might think and something that goes against everything we stand for as a nation.

These red flag laws have been tried by other states and they have been forced to rescind, repeal, amend or veto such legislation.

All law enforcement officers have sworn, above all else, to defend the Constitution of the United States to which this bill is in direct violation. It not only violates the Second Amendment, but also the Fourth (Unreasonable Search and Seizures) and the Sixth (the accused shall enjoy the right to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for their defense.)

A great idea would be for all the sheriffs in all the counties of New Mexico to deputize all the gun owners in their county, that way circumventing any and all laws passed by our current rogue government, and making any anti-gun law null and void.

This bill proposed by our governor and her fellow Democrats is nothing more than a “feel good” piece of garbage and should be removed from the current and all future dockets.

Ingrain this thought into your skulls:

“An armed man is a citizen.

An unarmed man is a subject.”

Robert Visel lives in Los Alamos

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