During an appearance on Newsmax’s “The Chris Salcedo Show” on Monday, Rep. Kat Cammack (R-FL) condemned the recent ‘bipartisan’ gun control legislation, asserting that it would be a slippery slope toward ending the Second Amendment.
The Florida Republican pointed out that she’s learned an important lesson about the government as a freshman congresswoman, stating: “If you give them an inch, they’ll take a mile.”
“This so-called bipartisan effort, coming out of the Senate, is nothing more than an infringement on our Second Amendment today,” Cammack said. “But tomorrow it is … [a] move to get rid of the Second Amendment altogether.”
According to reporting from the New York Post, the proposed gun control legislation would encourage states to enact red-flag laws, expand mental health services, conduct a search of juvenile records as part of background checks for individuals under the age of 21, and increase schools’ funding for security and mental health programs.
While the move towards focusing on mental health and the security of schools is necessary, conservatives like Cammack are concerned about the possible effects of red-flag laws and ‘enhanced background checks.’
Critics of gun control legislation such as political commentator Tim Pool have compared red-flag laws to ‘stop-and-frisk on steroids.’ People are essentially ambushed in their own homes and forced to give up their weapons without due process because someone reported them. It could be a jealous ex, a neighbor they are currently in a dispute with, an angry family member, or even a criminal wanting to disarm their potential victim. There are already documented cases of these laws being used as revenge.
The critics of ‘enhanced background checks’ have pointed out that gun buyers already undergo background checks when purchasing a firearm, and any added burden on the process is just an attempt by the government to move the needle further and further until they can delay the process indefinitely.
“When you look at what’s in this bill, there’s absolutely things that need to be addressed like mental health and school security and safety. But then there’s things in there like enhanced background checks. What the hell is an enhanced background?” Cammack asked.
“I think that’s … government-speak [for] we’re going to delay a background check on you, so you can never exercise your Second Amendment right,” she continued.
“I think this is just one step in a very carefully worded, politically correct framework that people are going to say ‘does something,’ but really it doesn’t,” Cammack added. “It just infringes on our Second Amendment constitutional rights while not addressing the root cause of what is dragging this violence, and that’s evil, sick people with mental health issues, and that is what needs to be addressed.”