Support for Sen. Lindsey Graham’s ‘Red Flag’ gun proposal gained momentum in both Houses of Congress this week; setting the stage for the first major firearm legislation since President Bill Clinton’s 1994 crime bill.
“A bipartisan proposal by Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., is gaining momentum following weekend mass shootings in Texas and Ohio that left 31 people dead. The emerging plan would create a federal grant program to encourage states to adopt ‘red flag’ laws to take guns away from people believed to be dangers to themselves or others,” reports the Associated Press.
“A similar bill never came up for a vote in the GOP-controlled Senate last year, but both parties express hope that this year will be different. President Donald Trump has signaled support for the plan,” adds the AP.
“We must make sure that those judged to pose a grave risk to public safety do not have access to firearms and that if they do those firearms can be taken through rapid due process,” Trump said from the White House Monday.
The ‘Red Flag’ law would allow local law enforcement and state police to remove firearms from those deemed a risk to themselves or others. The individual could then go through a legal process to retrieve the weapons if approved by the courts.
“These grants will be given to law enforcement so they can hire and consult with mental health professionals to better determine which cases need to be acted upon. This grant program also requires robust due process and judicial review. It does allow for quick action,” Graham said in the statement.
The legislation comes less than one week after two mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio took the lives of more than 30 Americans simply going about their day-to-day lives.
“I appreciate President Trump’s strong statement rejecting hate and white supremacist ideology, urging us all to reject a culture of violence, as well as a call to action on multiple fronts,” Graham added.
“We will be finalizing the details for this bill and reaching out to colleagues on both sides of the aisle in the coming days and weeks. I look forward to introducing final legislation with Senator Graham in the very near future,” Blumenthal said.
Read the full report at the Associated Press.
BROWARD BOMBSHELL: New Report Shows Cruz REQUESTED HELP, Multiple Red Flags
The Broward County School District accidentally released stunning details surrounding the shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School this week; publishing an un-redacted report that shed new light on Nikolas Cruz’ rampage.
The final report shows school officials and county authorities missed multiple red flags and repeated requests by Cruz to retain special services for his mounting mental health issues.
“What emerged was the first detailed account of Cruz’s years in the school system, what the school district knew about him and what mistakes were made,” writes the Sun Sentinel.
“The recommendations suggest that Cruz could have been offered more help in his final two years in high school, leading up to the Feb. 14 shooting,” adds the report.
The most stunning revelation was that Cruz officially requested to return to a “therapeutic environment” at another campus but district officials “did not follow through.”
“In part because of the errors, Cruz had no school counseling or other special education services in the 14 months leading up to the shooting on Feb. 14,” adds the Sun.
Read the full report here.
HORROR AT WALMART: At Least 15 Dead After Gunman Opens Fire at El Paso Walmart, Suspect in Custody
At least 15 people are dead and dozens injured after a 21-year-old suspect opened fire at a Walmart shopping center in El Paso, Texas Saturday.
“Police said at an earlier news conference that the suspect was taken into custody without incident and no law enforcement fired their weapons. The Walmart was near capacity at the time of the shooting, with as many as 3,000 people inside along with 100 employees,” reports Fox News.
“Ryan Mielke, a spokesman for University Medical Center of El Paso, told Fox News that 13 patients — 1 of whom died at the hospital — were being treated at the facility’s Level 1 trauma center. Mielke told the Associated Press that two children, ages 2 and 9, were stabilized at the medical center before being transferred to the neighboring El Paso Children’s Hospital,” adds Fox.
President Trump commenting on the shooting within minutes, writing “Terrible shootings in ElPaso, Texas. Reports are very bad, many killed. Working with State and Local authorities, and Law Enforcement. Spoke to Governor to pledge total support of Federal Government. God be with you all!”
Terrible shootings in ElPaso, Texas. Reports are very bad, many killed. Working with State and Local authorities, and Law Enforcement. Spoke to Governor to pledge total support of Federal Government. God be with you all!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 3, 2019
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