An Ohio-based tea party leader is speaking out about so-called "red flag" laws, in particular the lack of due process.
In the wake of the shooting rampage that left nine people dead in Dayton earlier this month, Gov. Mike DeWine and state lawmakers are considering enacting red flag legislation that could allow either family members or law enforcement officers to petition a court to take away a citizen's firearms.
A poll by APM Research found that two-thirds of Republicans support such legislation.
Ohio-based tea party activist Tom Zawistowski, who leads the We the People Convention, says red flag laws won't prevent someone who is mentally ill from killing people.
“If a kid says he'll shoot up a school," he explains, "and you take him to court and they say, Well, you seem to be mentally unstable, you have to go see a doctor, and we're going to take your guns, he's going to take his pickup truck and drive to the crowd at the football game and kill a bunch of people.”
The gun is not the issue, he insists.
“The only thing that stops violence is incarceration,” Zawistowki tells OneNewsNow. "And they're not talking about that and that's why this doesn't work.”
There is no due process, as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, he adds, to deny someone their Second Amendment right.
According to a USA Today story, Dewine has unveiled proposals for "red flag" laws and background checks for most firearms purchases, and also is pushing for harsher sentences for felons with guns and straw purchases.
"If we do these things, it will matter," he said. "If we do these things, it will maker us safer."