Rep. Ken Buck called out hypocritical Democrats who don’t want to include gang members in red flag laws aimed at American gun owners.
The Colorado Republican discussed Democrats’ red flag gun laws with Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Tuesday, blasting House Judiciary Committee members who rejected his amendment to include gang members in the legislation.
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Law-abiding Americans are being targeted by the left in so-called red flag laws which allow law enforcement officials to seize legally-owned firearms from those deemed a danger to themselves or others. Democrats have been advocating for a national “extreme risk protection order” which currently exists in some form in 17 states and the District of Columbia.
Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee last week pushed the measure which would allow for all states to pass red flag laws but, interestingly, rejected Buck’s amendment which would red-flag anyone listed as a gang member by law enforcement.
Buck argued on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” that if a national red flag law passed — something he is not in favor of — then “it should apply to the most dangerous people” with guns in the country.
“Over 80 percent of the murders in America, with guns, are committed by gang members. Over 90 percent of the crime in America is committed by gang members,” he said. “If we aren’t targeting gang members, we aren’t serious about gun violence in America.”
Democrats are only interested in disarming “rural America,” Buck contended, and are not “serious about gun violence” as their recent rejection of his amendment showed.
“How could anybody possibly be for a red flag law that doesn’t apply to gang members?” Carlson asked.
“Well, for one thing, I think the Democrats are trying to disarm rural America, and the second thing, I think that they aren’t serious about gun violence,” Buck replied. “If they were serious, they would target these particular individuals and, third, they don’t trust law enforcement to create a gang database that is fair, and their, really, hatred for law enforcement is evident in voting down this amendment.”
“But they trust law enforcement to go to the homes of law-abiding citizens and seize their firearms,” Carlson noted.
“Absolutely, and, in fact, we haven’t heard anything about no-knock warrants. We haven’t heard anything about the process that law enforcement can use to take law-abiding citizens’ weapons away from them, but that’s exactly what the Democrats want to do,” Buck said.
“And they will be pitting honest citizens against law enforcement and law enforcement, in many instances, my home county, they don’t want to enforce these laws,” he added.
“They really got their hackles up when you suggested this would apply to gang members,” Carlson interjected. “It’s almost as if they see gang members as a critical constituency.”
Buck argued in favor of his amendment to the Democrats’ proposed measure, which he did not support, during last week’s committee meeting.
“The majority of violent crime, including gun violence, in the United States is linked to gangs,” Buck said. “My amendment is quite simple. It would allow the issuance of a red flag order against anyone whose name appears in a gang database if there was probable cause to include that individual in the database.”
After pushback from Democrats including Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler of New York, the amendment failed 11-21.