By Jim Bratten – 10/4/21
The week of September 20, 135 House Republicans decided they would partner with Democrats to pass a seriously flawed 2022 NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act). A provision buried in the 1,300-page bill would allow military courts to issue protective orders for “Red Flag” gun confiscation, which is unconstitutional.
As reported in American Military News, those who are under the United States Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) could be issued a “military court protective order” by a military magistrate that would deny their Second Amendment rights. Section 529 of H. R. 4350 (the 2022 NDAA) states: “A military court protective order issued on an ex parte basis shall restrain a person from possessing, receiving, or otherwise accessing a firearm; and a military court protective order issued after the person to be subject to the order has received notice and opportunity to be heard on the order, shall restrain such person from possessing, receiving, or otherwise accessing a firearm …” If such orders are issued on an emergency basis, they are exempted from providing the recipient with any “right to due process.”
So under the ruse of a “defense bill,” military courts could order “Red Flag” gun confiscation, which violates the Second Amendment and may deny citizens their right to due process. The 2022 NDAA, H. R. 4350, funding the American Armed Forces through fiscal 2022, should have been voted down, since Democrats had hidden a gun control measure inside the defense bill. In addition, they snuck in Critical Race Theory training to sow racial division among the troops, and they funded the very Biden Regime lackeys who just failed our nation in the Afghanistan debacle.
Democrats have had difficulty getting gun confiscation passed legislatively, so this time they chose to use the Defense Department as their vehicle to get it done. As Gun Owners of America (GOA) described it, the military gun confiscation orders could set a precedent; it “will eventually work its way into legislation applying to the rest of the population.” GOA warned, “That’s why we need to raise our voices in unison against these gun confiscation orders.”
It’s a devious scheme, sneaking despicable items into the NDAA to get them into law. But this type of insidious behavior is SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) for Democrats and has been for decades. And, all too frequently, Republicans fall for it.
Of the 135 Republican congressmen who fell for this sleight-of-hand, sneaky attempt at gun control, several notable Conservatives should have known better: Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Dan Crenshaw (R-TX), Madison Cawthorn (R-NC), and Jim Banks (R-IN). In fact, ALL seven Republican congressmen from Indiana (Banks, Baird, Bucshon, Hollingsworth, Pence, Spartz, and Walorski) joined the two Indiana Democrat congressmen to vote “Aye” for this scam.
Sickeningly, the most common excuse given by Republicans who voted for it was, “I didn’t read the bill.” How about, if you don’t read a bill, you don’t vote to pass it! If the 135 Republicans would have joined other Republicans and the 38 Democrats against it, the bill would have been defeated 248-181, instead of passing, 316-113.
Rep. Dan Bishop (R-TX), who voted against the bill, tweeted: “The Red Flag law is terrible. But even worse, it gives @SecDef Austin the power to label troops as “extremists” & remove them from the military. How is “extremist” defined? It isn’t. It’s totally up to Austin.”
Rep. Matt Gaetz’s excuse for his name appearing on this bill was that it was a “staff error.” He said that once the Senate passes their version, the error of the House Republicans could be rectified “in conference.” Does anyone believe this?
Congressman Gaetz, how about reading the bill and not voting for a violation of the Constitution in the first place?