Donald Trump Jokes About Fredo, Inadvertently Makes the Case Against Red Flag Laws
President Donald Trump walks across the South Lawn as he arrives at the White House, Sunday, June 30, 2019, in Washington. Trump returns from a visit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea as well as the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Because it’s 2019 and nothing has to make sense, the biggest story in the country today was that a CNN host threatened to assault someone after they called them “Fredo.” If the alien’s are reading this, yes that’s real life right now.
This led to all kinds of hot takes from around the political sphere. CNN came out and ridiculously asserted that Fredo is an “ethnic slur” when it’s clearly nothing of the sort. Liberals who had previously supported the heckling of people like Sarah Sanders suddenly decided it was out of bounds to poke fun at Chris Cuomo out in public.
To be clear, I think the guy who went at Cuomo was a jerk. That doesn’t mean the double standards aren’t still blatantly obvious. Had a major conservative figure told someone they were going to throw them down a flight of stairs, it’d have led to non-stop condemnation and claims of mounting violent rhetoric on the right. Because it’s a left-wing individual though, he’s considered justified. Some conservative voices, who’d have clutch their pearls had this been Don Jr. or Tucker Carlson, even went to bat for Cuomo. You can be assured he won’t return the favor when the time comes.
Regardless, because there was controversy, the Trump signal lit up the sky and he immediately ran to Twitter. That led to his hilarious response to the controversy.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 13, 2019
I’m sorry, but if aren’t reading that tweet in your head with Trump’s accent and laughing, you have no sense of humor. Trump wasn’t done poking fun though. He then made fun of Chris Cuomo by asking if he would have his weapons taken away under a red flag law.
Would Chris Cuomo be given a Red Flag for his recent rant? Filthy language and a total loss of control. He shouldn’t be allowed to have any weapon. He’s nuts!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 13, 2019
The funny thing is, Trump just inadvertently made the case against red flag laws, which he supports for some reason.
With one Tweet POTUS explains how red flag laws can and will be abused. https://t.co/3W4J6JQl9f
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) August 13, 2019
Dana’s right. While Trump is obviously just joking, is it that far-fetched to think red flag laws could be abused in this way? Someone gets caught on camera losing their temper. They are reported to a judge who’s generally sympathetic to gun control and he oks the order. Next thing you know that person is having police show up at their house to seize their weapons.
I don’t like Chris Cuomo but I wouldn’t want to see him stripped of his constitutional rights because of a moment of weakness responding to a heckler. I also wouldn’t want someone who’s reading this right now to have their 2nd amendment rights taken away because their vindictive neighbor reported them after an argument about the property line or something. These are real issues that are inherently unavoidable when dealing with red flag laws. There’s currently such a law in Florida and reports are that judges are extremely lax with granting the cool down period, most likely because they don’t want to be accused of inaction if something did happen.
At the end of the day, if red flag laws become law, it will lead to all kinds of questionable decisions regarding the 2nd amendment. We’ve already seen how volatile and partisan the judiciary can be when it comes to dealing with the Trump administration. Is there any doubt many judges would end up unfairly and unconstitutionally enforcing red flag laws?
The answer is simple. We don’t need laws that focus on the tool. We need laws that focus on the cause, and that’s typically mental illness. If someone is such a danger to society via derangement, radicalism, or depression (among other things), then taking their guns away is not a solution. You are dumping them back on the street in the same condition and there are plenty of other ways to cause carnage. Instead, we should be focusing on mental health treatment for such people.
Hopefully, the President and some conservatives re-think the unintended consequences of pushing for red flag laws.
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