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In trying to parse out the recent Virginia Gun rights demonstration, I have slogged through a mountain of information to come to this:

“Red flag law

Red flag law
In the United States, a red flag law is a gun control law that permits police or family members to petition a state court to order the temporary removal of firearms from a person who may present a danger to others or themselves. A judge makes the determination to issue the order based on statements and actions made by the gun owner in question. Refusal to comply with the order is punishable as a criminal offense. After a set time, the guns are returned to the person from whom they were seized unless another court hearing extends the period of confiscation.


Apparently gun advocate and gun-owners have extrapolated this law as a prelude to “gun grabbing”. The presence of hardware on the hips and in the arms of the demonstrators served no purpose other than an opportunity to show their hardware. As I see it the law applies to folks who have firearms and could harm others due to their diminished mental state whether permanent or temporary. It provides for the return of these firearms upon such time as there’s is no danger of these firearms being used in an unlawful manner. The only issue I have ever had with some firearm owners is the idea that any proposed firearm law is an attempt to grab their weapons. My opinion is: Rather than amass armed individuals for a demonstration against something that is largely misunderstood and the lack of participation in crafting what they (firearm owners) consider  correct legislation. Unfortunately the NRA has always been  involved in some of these misrepresentations for years as a way to keep and increase membership with little return on investment for many of its members. This is a clear example of  the”single issue” mentality which has swallowed up the country. All of these single issues are fomented by the numerous talking heads in the mainstream and online media. Remedy: Get the facts then form your opinion- using the available access to many forms of media one can easily determine facts which will allow for an informed opinion. For clarity: I am a firearm owner.


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