Soon after news spread of a mass shooting in Maine, Democrats demanded more gun control. Long before the details emerged from this terrible event, they took to social media to spread their political agenda.
The Biden campaign is demanding Congress pass an “assault weapons” ban. State leaders want to issue more “red flag laws,” which give the government the power to take firearms away from someone who did not commit a crime.
But Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a rebuke to those calling for more restrictions. He highlighted an issue often overlooked by the gun control lobby. And he is offering his own solution to the crisis.
From Daily Wire:
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis pushed back on calls for red flag laws and other gun control laws in the wake of the shooting in Maine this week, saying that he does not believe they are appropriate because they violate a person’s due process rights…
“I think the mental health issue in our country, part of it is we do need more institutionalization, there are some people who are dangerous to society, a lot of them get put back on the streets, it will require more resources, but I think that that’s appropriate,” he said.
Republican Gov. DeSantis was critical of “red flag laws.” He said that such laws violate the Fifth Amendment’s requirement of due process. In many states, a person could lose their firearms based solely on a complaint.
They are not treated as innocent until proven guilty. They do not have their day in court. Police simply appear at their house and take their property, even if they did not commit a crime.
DeSantis instead discussed the need to address the mental illness issue. He said the country needs to do more “institutionalization.” He claimed there are “some people” that pose a danger to society, but are “put back on the streets.”
He said it would require “more resources,” but it appears the governor thinks that would do more to solve the problem of mass shootings.
In many cases, gunmen who committed these crimes were known by police. But despite warning signs, law enforcement did not prevent these individuals from attacking civilians. Critics often point to these details to claim that “red flag laws” do not work.
But can institutionalizing the mentally ill work? DeSantis might not be alone in his sentiment, but it will require changes to federal law to make that happen–as it is illegal to institutionalize someone against their will.
- DeSantis criticized “red flag laws” saying they violate the 5th Amendment.
- He called for more institutionalizing of those who pose a danger to society.
- This comes as Democrats demand more gun control after a mass shooting in Maine.
Source: Daily Wire