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Social media posts could lead to losing your guns, under proposed PA law supported by state’s leftist governor

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The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized- The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

No person…[shall be]…deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law…- The Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial…and 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 his defence.- The Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Read the above three amendments to the constitution closely. They are among the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution, each considered so important and vital that they are included in the Bill of Rights.

Yet in states across the country and in the United States Senate, legislation is being considered that stomps on all three of those rights under the guise of so-called “Red Flag” laws.

One such proposal is being floated in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and has the undying support of leftist lunatic Gov. Tom Wolf. In fact, Wolf posted an infographic which shows exactly how much of an attack on our constitutional rights such proposals are.

In the infographic, it talks about how posting pictures of guns with “undefined” cryptic messages would start a chain of events which would lead to a fictional character named “Randy” having his firearms confiscated not based on probable cause but on a complaint from a random citizen named “Jane.”

How it works is as follows:

  • Jane’s social media contact, Randy, posts photos of guns & cryptic messages [emphasis added]
  • Jane calls the police to report the posts
  • The police petition in court [based on hearsay] to temporarily remove Randy’s guns
  • Police provide evidence that Randy is [allegedly] a danger to himself/others
  • The court agrees to a temporary removal of Randy’s weapons [emphasis added]

Wolf of course thinks this scenario is simply peachy.

“Red flag laws allow us to take action when someone who has a gun begins to act erratically,” Wolf posted, which could include posts on social media.

“Red flag laws still require due process, and any removal of weapons is temporary,” Wolf continued.

Claiming “due process” is included in red flag laws is a crock. In such scenarios, the accused must petition the court after his guns are confiscated and you can bet that once the government has guns in their possession, it will be difficult if not impossible to get them back. So yes, “officially” there is a “due process” procedure and “officially” it is only “temporary.”

Wolf also doesn’t address the fact that in a number of the mass shootings that is spurring the hysteria to “do something,” law enforcement…in particular federal law enforcement…was in touch with the shooters, or at least was aware of some “issues.”

Wolf is unhappy that Republicans in Pennsylvania’s House Judiciary Committee refused to rubber stamp the bills, which he referred to as “commonsense” bills addressing gun violence in the state.

It is unknown if Wolf has been equally as critical of Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner, who has turned the city’s district attorney’s office into a revolving door of criminals being let out with nary a slap on the wrist. If anything is feeding the state’s gun violence issues it’s the ineptitude of Krasner.

Instead, Republicans referred the bills to another committee, which sent the feckless Wolf into a hissy fit.

“Shameful. That’s what I’d call today’s action—or rather, inaction,” Wolf said.

“Lawmakers have an opportunity to take commonsense steps, which the majority of Pennsylvanians support. Instead of taking a vote to advance these bills, they are just delaying debate on this legislation. Gun violence won’t delay. Every day the Republicans stall, more people are at risk.

“This isn’t just a ‘Philadelphia’ issue. This is a statewide and national issue that must be addressed. It’s reprehensible that Republicans continue to stall when our own constituents want this addressed right now,” Wolf complained.

“I urge Republicans to stop these tactics and take action.”

Last week, Wolf sent a letter to members of the committee calling for them to approve the four bills as they are.

“I have committed to doing everything I can to bring peace to our communities, but ultimately, sensible gun laws save lives, and the General Assembly must act to make statutory changes,” Wolf wrote. “Communities across the commonwealth—urban, suburban, and rural—have experienced the horror of gun violence. We must do our part to prevent these tragedies.”

Yes, because clearly, gang-bangers in Philadelphia will obey gun laws just like they obey laws against things like say, murder.

Wolf’s letter alleged the proposed bills are not intended to take guns away from law-abiding citizens, however, doesn’t explain how social media posts with pictures of guns, such as shown in the infographic, could be illegal.

“If the aforementioned bills became law, they would not infringe upon the rights of law-abiding gun owners. This is not about taking guns away from those who lawfully own and operate them, it’s about ensuring guns are appropriately locked up and kept out of the hands of those who are more apt to cause harm.”

Wolf concluded, “We can no longer afford to do nothing. Every day that we delay, lives are on the line. Pennsylvanians are counting on you.”

The fact of the matter is, the laws Wolf is referring to will have zero effect on the overall crime rate in the Keystone State. People will continue to die on the streets of Philadelphia and the only ones being punished are lawful gun owners. Period.

 


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