Media are breathlessly reporting that the Kiwi population in New Zealand are voluntarily turning their guns into the police. I knew New Zealand was small but 37 people??? Where do they find all the actors for those Border Patrol shows…and with such authentic accents??
A reasonable request is the wrapping that always gleams around the package of anti-gun legislation. A temptation for the modern Pandora to unwrap in a quest to prove a worthy proponent of reasonable acquiescence. In the pattern of the wrapping’s past lies the folly of lifting that fabled lid.
The aftermath of tragedy usually finds “we-must-do-something” politicians careening about with all the precision of a pinball machine directing the Nation to pay little heed that laws were not enforced, but instead, add one more. In the case of Red Flag gun laws, government is endeavoring to do what it has utterly failed to do in the past; solve a problem. Trying to solve one problem usually finds the government inventing a whole list of new ones.
Red Flag laws vary in their form but are all packaged as a way to keep guns away from those who may give evidence, show a tendency, give that icky feeling, or in rare versions been accused of domestic violence. Remember, fifty states have civil commitment procedures already in place. Still, there are a couple of reasons to raise a red flag on Red Flag laws.
Domestic situations are of the most complicated and confusing that law enforcement have to deal with. To take a citizen’s weapons away based upon accusation without conviction encourages revenge attacks so prevalent in these domestic tangled webs. The criteria for a “Red Flag” accusation tends to be too broad in most of these legislation lending credence to the suspicion of a “Trojan” motive.
This is the fundamental reason for opposing these laws, the end game. Anti-gun legislation always has the ultimate goal of gun confiscation. This pattern is forever consistent with government and no reasonable citizen should open the door to that.
Every gun owner in the state of Maine watched in shocked disbelief at Jared Golden’s campaign ad in which he leaves the parting visual to Maine Voters of a rifle being thrown to the ground. The first and very basic precept of gun safety is to treat every gun as if it were loaded. It would be safe to assume, given the nearly non-existence of accidental gun discharge incidents in our fair state, that the majority of families have passed down this basic tenet of gun safety and that basic knowledge somehow got lost in translation somewhere in the Golden family.
If the disconnect of the Democrat Party was not evident before, it is stark now, blazing and heralded in neon. Americans are fair, just as Mainers are fair. We are troubled, along with the rest of this Nation, that a man can be convicted based solely on hearsay and innuendo, rather than evidence, fact, and corroboration.
We are fair-minded and believe any victim of assault has the right to be heard but so does the accused. Judge Kavanaugh’s accuser has been heard, and heard, and heard, and heard again hourly on the 24 hour news outlets and yet, when the Judge was finally given an opportunity to defend himself, he was openly mocked by the Democrat side of the dais, even to the point of laughing at his emotion when referring to the trauma his wife and daughters have faced. The Democrats and their leftist media allies have gone so far, better yet, so low as to print cartoons mocking Kavanaugh’s 10-year-old daughter for praying for her father’s accuser.
If we as Mainers are fair-minded, and we are, then it is fair question to ask, Why the deafening silence of our local Democrats? I have worked as an activist and writer for some years now and I have witnessed my Senator, Paul Davis, challenge and criticize his own Party on many occasions, but his opponent, Sue Mackey Andrews, has made no such defense of due process and the right of the accused to defend their innocence.
She and Dr. Evans, with their resounding silence, have endorsed and embraced the smearing of a man’s good name based on hearsay, tenuous hearsay at that. The Democrats have gone full throat in attacking our Border patrol, our police force, our military, and still silence from our local Democrat candidates. They have been vocal in their embrace of the anti-2nd Amendment agenda of the Democrat Party though, saying the defense of our Natural Born Right to self-defense “goes to far.”
It seems our local Democrats live in a different reality, separated from fact, like the overwhelming defeat of Bloomberg’s Q3 initiative at the hands of rural voters, the ones they wish to represent. Rural Maine overwhelmingly approved of Governor Paul LePage’s policies and yet Janet Mill’s is openly campaigning on reversing all that the Governor has accomplished, with more trumpeting silence from Andrews and Evans. The Democrat Party has called the brave men and women of our police force killers, rapists, and racists, and still not one word from our local Democrat candidates.
One of our local Democrat candidates lives in a different neighborhood altogether. With a few phone calls and a little investigation, this columnist was able to verify, with the Addison town office, that Dr. Richard Evans has applied for and received the Homestead Exemption for his residence in Addison, Maine. On the application, the applicant must check that his residency is in the town that he wishes to have the exemption. Dr. Evans declared on the application that his residency is Addison, Maine, which for geographical reference is not in the House District he is currently running for office in.
He has his mail delivered to Dover-Foxcroft in an attempt to appear to have a residency in Piscataquis County so that he can run for office here. Piscataquis County has long enjoyed local representation from Senator Paul Davis, Representative Norman Higgins, and Representative Paul Stearns that was just a call away because we knew that they lived here. We don’t know where Dr. Evans resides.
Whether Dr. Evans wins the election or not, he is most likely assured of an investigation into the ethics and violations associated with his subterfuge and duplicitous campaign. It’s one thing to be all things to all people, it just should be kept in the district to which you are running for office. That’s still the reality in a real world.
The same people who called me a child killer this weekend for selling raffle tickets for a gun are probably celebrating the repeal of the protection for the life of a child in the womb this weekend in Ireland.