Reader against ‘Red Flag’ confiscation laws

Published 12:16 pm Tuesday, June 7, 2022

To the Editor:
Because of the mass shootings President Biden said we need more gun control. President Biden wants to make buying guns harder. I have no problem with raising the age requirement to sell guns to 20 since most shootings have been done by teenagers.
Biden also says he supports U.S. Congress passing federal red flag laws. I am strongly against red flag laws which are against the U.S. Constitution and are dangerous to gun owners and police. Red flag laws allow a judge to temporarily confiscate firearms if the owner is considered dangerous or a threat. This could be abused by ex-spouses, ex-employees, people with different political views, different religions or paranoia. New York and some other states have red flag state laws that allow for gun owners to have their guns confiscated with no due process, no court date, no charges, and no facts but simply based on rumors and lies.
Attorney Mike Hammond of Gun Owners of America said red flag laws are a smoke screen for gun confiscation. A man was turned in for being a dangerous threat in a state with red flag laws by his aunt because she disagreed with him politically and the result was an unannounced 5 a.m. visit from a police SWAT team to take his guns from his home. The innocent man, who had no warning of the unconstitutional raid, was shot dead by police. Red flag laws endanger innocent gun owners and police in a fruitless attempt to keep bad men (in someone’s opinion) from getting guns. Americans have over 325 million guns, which is more than any country in the world.
Bad men will always be able to get guns on the black market. All gun bans do is disarm good people in a useless attempt to keep bad men from getting guns. We need more good people carrying guns. Philosopher John Stuart said, “Bad men need nothing more to compass (accomplish) their ends than that good men should look on and do nothing.” Because of school shootings and schools teaching things against Christianity more parents are homeschooling which can guarantee a safe environment for their kids. During mass shootings events in the U.S. the average number of deaths when police end the mass shooting is 14.3 dead. The average number of dead when a private citizen with a gun ends the mass shooting is 2.3 dead. If you have to wait for police six times more die in the mass shooting. Police officers from federal to local levels kill an average
of 606 criminals per year. Private citizens using firearms in self-defense kill 1,527.
Thousands of women in the U.S. each year use a firearm to defend herself from sexual assault. Despite having some of the most restrictive firearm laws in the world the United Kingdom has a violent crime rate that is more than 4 times that of the U.S.
Criminals like helpless victims. There has never been a shooting at a gun show or rodeo where they know there will be a lot of people armed. The September 11 terrorist attacks were done completely without the use of guns and show that getting rid of one object they can use for violence only sends them looking for another. The Bible says God rejected Cain’s sacrifice. Cain decided to kill his brother instead of repenting and getting right with God. We’re not told what Cain used to kill his brother. It was unimportant. The evil in Cain’s heart was the cause of the murder, not the availability of the murder weapon. Weapons don’t make decisions. The Bible says people are, “deceitful above all things and desperately wicked.” Mankind is sinful and so there’s a need for guns in the hands of responsible Christians and other peaceful people to protect themselves and others. The Bible says self-defense is a God given right and we have a responsibility to protect our family.
Christians are commanded to resist the devil. The Bible says the goal of the devil is to steal and kill. The best way to resist the devil is to be armed with a firearm and the word of God the Bible. In Luke 22:35-38 Jesus commanded His disciples just before he left them to die on the cross to buy weapons. They said they got two weapons and Jesus said that’s enough. Therefore every church should have at the least two Christians armed with weapons in their church at all times. Pastor Carl Gallups said based on Proverbs 22:3 churches should be prepared.
Gallups tells about a Christian church of over 900 in Africa that was attacked by Muslims who planned to kill them all but because one Christian had a gun and shot back at them only a few were killed and the Muslims ran. It was good to read in the Elizabethton Star, “Church security program offered to all churches.” A free church security program sponsored by Johnson County Sheriff Edward Tester will be held on Saturday, June 18, beginning at 10 a.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, 1288 Cold Springs Road, Mountain City. For more info call Sheriff Tester at his office or cell 423-471-1225 or email him at
sheriffet@johnsonsd.org
In a dangerous world that is getting more dangerous in these last days (2 Timothy 3) before the return of Jesus, prayer plus preparedness as the old saying goes, “Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition,” will remain wise. The slogan of America should be, “repent and reload!”

D.D. Nave
Elizabethton

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