Within minutes of the tragic mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, gun control fanatics were predictably not letting a crisis go to waste by calling for extreme measures of gun control. The usual suspects were at it – Soros organizations, MSM, left-wing extremists, and Democratic Party members – but, interestingly enough, they were joined by many Republican lawmakers as well. While Lindsey Graham, a Senator who has scarcely seen a right in the Bill of Rights he hasn't wanted to carve up for dinner, is no shocker, others in staunchly red states have also joined the call for stricter gun control measures. Most surprising, however, is that President Donald Trump has jumped on the bandwagon, calling for "red flag laws" among other egregious measures to deal with the recent spate of shootings in the United States.
The response from Trump's base has been a mix of personality cult support and virulent opposition, hinting that Trump, if he goes forward with his "red flag" proposal, could be shooting himself in the foot for 2020. After the last few years, it is clear that nothing Trump could ever do would convince a leftist to vote for him. However, he can convince his own supporters to stay home in 2020 and that appears to be what is going to happen if he doesn't quickly pull an about-face in the manner that he has done in the past in regards to many of his positive attempts to govern (Syria, Afghanistan, etc.).
So what is the problem with Red Flag laws?
For those that may not be aware, "Red Flag" Laws are allegedly devised to disarm individuals who may be at high risk to commit violent acts before they are able to do so. These "red flags" can be thrown up by law enforcement, mental, and medical professionals regarding a person's mental state and/or capacity to do harm. In some cases, family members and others can also trigger the gun confiscation order. A number of states in the US already have such laws, Maryland being the most memorable example.
In an article entitled "Maryland's 'Red Flag' Law Turns Deadly: Officer Kills Man Who Refused To Turn In Gun," Kimberly Eiten writes,
A 61-year-old man is dead after he was shot by an officer trying to enforce Maryland's new 'red flag' law in Ferndale Monday morning.
Anne Arundel County Police confirmed the police-involved shooting happened in the 100 block of Linwood Avenue around 5:17 a.m.