Second Amendment, “red flag” laws front and center of national debate, in the wake of mass shootings

The right to bear arms is the Second Amendment in the U.S. Constitution, and is once again at the forefront of national debates.

The debate comes after three recent mass shootings by gunmen armed with semi-automatic weapons left 34 victims dead and dozens injured in California, Texas and Ohio.

During a vigil in Dayton, Ohio on Sunday night, loud outcries for lawmakers to do something about gun violence.

On Monday, President Donald Trump announced some efforts to help prevent another mass shooting including an expansion of a particular state law — focusing on red flags.

“We must make sure that those judged to pose a grave risk to public safety do not have access to firearms and that if they do those firearms can be taken through rapid due process. That is why I have called for red flag laws also known as extreme risk protection orders.”

Red flag laws have passed in 17 states and the District of Columbia. It allows police to ask a court to remove firearms from a person who may be a danger to himself and to others.

Ohio and Texas do not have red flag laws, but California does. So does Nevada, where the Gilroy shooter bought his firearm that killed 3 people and wounded at least 12 more than a week ago.

Florida passed its red flag laws after the Parkland shooting in February 2018.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said monday that he will propose bipartisan legislation to encourage more states to adopt red flag laws.

But Democrats said that’s not enough — they are calling on Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell to bring the Senate back in session, which is currently on a month-long recess, to vote on the background check bill which passed in the house last February.

The legislation would require background checks during all gun sales.

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  • Tiago Del Mundo
    8 August 2019 at 2:08 am - Reply

    I thought Democrats are on top of their stuff, I mean knowledgeable of gun laws of their own states? Maybe, we need to find out which state(s) does not have or does require background checks when purchasing a gun…