OPINION: Lindsey Graham Is Aiming To Turn The GOP Into The Party Of Gun Control

OPINION: Lindsey Graham Is Aiming To Turn The GOP Into The Party Of Gun Control

Gun Rights

Just when Democrats are threatening to “crazy” themselves off the political spectrum, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham arrived with the year’s nuttiest idea: To make the GOP the party of gun confiscation and, in the process, jettison the Second Amendment movement from the Republican coalition. To this end, Graham has scheduled a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on March 26 to consider legislation to confiscate large numbers of guns with no notice and no due process whatsoever. Two types of bills have been introduced over the last year and a half. The first approach was put forward by Graham and Richard Blumenthal (D-Ct.). Blumenthal-Graham would create a federal gun confiscation program whereby any police or an angry “ex” can petition for a secret court hearing to strip a gun owner of his Second, Fourth, Fifth, and 14th Amendment rights. When only the accuser is in the room, a judge will normally sign anything that is put before him. In an analogous situation in New Mexico, for instance, a housewife obtained a restraining order against David Letterman for sending her coded messages over her TV set. Under Blumenthal-Graham, the first thing a gun owner would learn of the proceedings is when the police showed up at his door in the middle of the night, ready to ransack his home and, if he resisted, to arrest or kill him. Think this is fanciful? In Ferndale, Maryland, a 60-year-old man was shot to death by police serving a “red flag order” at 5:17 […]

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