Ralph Josephsohn: The blood soaked red-flag bill

Ralph Josephsohn: The blood soaked red-flag bill

Gun Rights

Ralph Josephsohn St. Vrain Valley Voices Fifty-three years have passed since I entered the practice of law as a state prosecutor. The cycle of domestic violence was not then well understood. Legal and social support were not readily available to victims. Male subjugation of women was an ingrained cultural and social norm. Criminal charges were infrequently filed. Prosecution of cases often was terminated when an economically dependent and intimidated victim recanted. The lackluster prosecution of domestic violence cases is an artifact of a bygone time. Current law provides that any act or threatened act of violence against a person having, or having had, an intimate relationship with an abuser constitutes domestic violence. An intimate relationship is defined in the broadest of terms. Addressing domestic violence has become an overriding issue of significant state interest. Protective orders shielding victims and affected children, as the mandatory participation by offenders in domestic violence programs, are legally prescribed. If probable cause of domestic violence is present, police officers have a statutory duty to arrest the aggressor without undue delay. This protocol immediately separates the abuser from the victim without prior judicial review. The padded glove has been replaced with an iron fist. It defies logic to argue that the vigorous prosecution of domestic violence cases threatens domestic tranquility. Quite the opposite is true. At this writing the Colorado General Assembly passed a gun control measure dubbed the "red-flag" bill. Gov. Polis will in all likelihood sign the bill into law post-haste. It authorizes […]

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