Dangers of Red Flag Laws

Dangers of Red Flag Laws

You can’t surf the web, social media, or tv channels without seeing the news of yet again another preventable mass shooting. Like clockwork the self proclaimed leaders of the world are promising to impose restrictions that only affect those of us who follow the current laws. Meanwhile, they are tucked away in ivory towers secured by the very men and women they wish to disarm. I know this all to well, because I am one of those people who frequently provides security to them. I do it because I truly believe everyone has the right to speak freely, protest peacefully, and feel secured in their day to day life. Obviously they’re well aware of the hypocrisy, they’re just playing the for profit game of politics. 

I’m going to be candid; I believe red flag laws are the line in the sand for a lot of people. On one hand I understand a large majority of our government and country want them. On the other, there are those who believe this absolutely is the hill to die on. Then there are always those who just go along with the majority often out of ignorance. Either way, imposing red flag laws to put it bluntly will result in casualties on all ends. 

There aren’t many issues that I stress over, but if I were to feel uneasy about something it would be red flag laws. As I stated above, I think it’s a line in the sand, not that I have a line, but it is something that will push people to a breaking point as well as force them to take a side in the true fight for freedom.

What we know;
• They violate due process (4th Amendment)
• They will absolutely be used out of spite by anyone who knows you have weapons and suddenly decides you shouldn’t have them. They can make a phone call, without evidence, and have you arrested, your rights stripped making you guilty until proven innocent.
• We’ve seen many times where Peace Officers leave their jobs due to being given an unlawful order, I imagine “blue flu” will be even more common in this case.
• Veterans or anyone with post traumatic stress will be targeted.
• Veterans/First Responders already don’t seek treatment for mental health out of fear of repercussion, this will only make it worse.
• It is going to be deadly for anyone enforcing them or on the receiving end.
• Above all it’s a violation of freedom.

I am a Veteran, and a first responder who unfortunately is put into situations that have been and will be burned into my memory for the rest of my life, that is a burden I’m willing to take on so someone else doesn’t have to. If red flag laws were to be imposed, I am now a target for them because of the things I was put through. I just trained a SWAT team to breach buildings, am I to believe they would use those same tactics against me? I don’t believe it, because those folks are the same caliber of people as myself.

I know Veterans currently who don’t attend AA meetings, don’t claim PTSD at the VA, don’t attend support groups because they are afraid of being red flagged. With that the possibility of having their insurance rates increased, and afraid their civil rights may be precluded. What incentive do folks have to work on or improve their disposition if we punish them for it? That is right now even without red flag laws, just imagine if we did have them, suicide rates would increase drastically.

It would take one heated debate, one online comment taken out of context, a breakup, or an angry neighbor making a phone call to local law enforcement to have someone embarrassed, violated, rights stripped, or worse. That is the danger of red flag laws, and it would affect anyone regardless of political affiliation. It would absolutely be weaponized. 

I agree our mental healthcare system needs fixed, I agree mass shootings need prevented, but red flag laws aren’t the path to preventing these tragedies.

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The Taxman Cometh!

The Taxman Cometh!

We are a country birthed from rebellious acts such as the Boston Tea Party, so color me shocked when I heard the news of the IRS wanting to hire 87,000 new agents. There are roughly 80,000 IRS employees currently, so this would double the agencies tax collectors. The claim is that the agency will be targeting those large corporations and wealthy people who are great at avoiding taxes. We all know that shouldn’t require doubling their agency and that it will most definitely be targeting those of us who work, go home, and want to be left alone. President Reagans popular quote about the 9 most dangerous words comes to mind.

The funding is coming from the Inflation Reduction Acts $80 billion dollars, $46 billion of that is going to the IRS new super soldier program. The worst part of this in my opinion is the job posting the IRS listed then hurriedly removed, see below. Three of the five bullet points on the job posting reference that this job is very dangerous. Why would collecting taxes be dangerous? It’s not like 75% of the average Americans income is taken through taxes…ha.

It’s an eerie feeling seeing the anti police crowd once again fund a federal police force. We just saw for the first time a federal agency raid a former president. Maybe the FBI thought hidden in Melania’s wardrobe was Hillary’s 30k emails, Jeffrey “didn’t kill himself” Epstein’s client list, or Hunter Bidens laptop, the world may never know. Regardless of your party affiliation, you should understand this is an unprecedented act. I can’t imagine the IRS will be any less tyrannical. Weaponizing federal policing agencies with a political motive is dangerous, for everyone. 

Imagine if you will, 87,000 new school resource officers, that seems like a good way to protect our most precious resource. It’s a shame the powers that be won’t ever come to a bipartisan solution that truly does protect our innocent and serve the American people.

If the Boston Tea Party were to happen today, what would it look like?

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“When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.” Proverbs 29

The Federal Government is like a Water Snake?

The Federal Government is like a Water Snake?

I was visiting back and forth via text with a long-time and very close personal friend.  We’ve shared some life together and I have valued his friendship for nearly two decades now.  He’s recently purchased a small farm well outside the city, and like most of us, he’s experimenting.  Much like Thoreau’s most known work, “Walden” he is learning from the land.  A very educated and intellectual man, he’s pondering and contemplating.  Here is a quote from Walden that may offer some context in parallel to the time my confidant is enjoying at his hobby farm:

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms, and, if it proved to be mean, why then to get the whole and genuine meanness of it, and publish its meanness to the world; or if it were sublime, to know it by experience, and be able to give a true account of it in my next excursion.

— Henry David Thoreau, “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For”, in Walden

It struck me as odd initially when he sent me videos of snakes he’d recently taken.  The video below is a water snake that has captured an unwitting frog.  You can clearly hear the frog’s distress.


This was text accompanying the video:

“I spent part of yesterday watching water snakes at my place.  I have a lot of them.  As you will see…they are a lot like the federal government.  …After watching for a while, I decided I’m not a fan of these specific snakes, at least yesterday I wasn’t, so I smacked this one with a stick.  He puked up the frog, which only had a nose and eyes in this world by then.  The frog was a bit shell shocked, but by the time I had walked away the snake had decided there were better things to do with his time.”

I chuckled a little bit as I ruminated on his musings.  Then the next text popped up from him before I had put my phone down:

“Moral of the story – snakes should take heed that some day those who sit by and passively watch may get tired of their antics and decide to pick up a stick.”

I replied, “There’s a reason the serpent was chosen as the form sin was offered to the world.”

I understand we’re building a fellowship of readers here, and some don’t know me or my humor well enough to grasp that I’m not suggesting you go bash a sitting US Senator with a club should you disagree.  Of course not.  Those who don’t understand their metaphors shouldn’t be roaming loose in society.  I do, however, agree with my compatriot that if the federal government cannot resist behaving as snakes, a thump from the stick is indeed what they’ll merit and inherit.

If you don’t have a friend such as this, I highly recommend searching for one.  It would be a tragedy if you lived a life without ever having thought.  Our opposition avoids thinking, quite successfully I might add, at every turn.  And apparently, the federal government is following suit.  The number of snake-like gestures toward the Second Amendment and its advocates is on a steady incline.  We’re growing tired of being the frog.

In Liberty,

Michael Ware – IFC


IFC Warrior Wednesday – EP36

IFC Warrior Wednesday – EP36


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