In a move eerily reminiscent of tyrants past, Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) is asking all Democratic presidential candidates to support his state’s draconian gun laws.
Among them, a mental health database sure to reinforce the stigmas that prevent people from seeking help in the first place.
The Daily Wire’s Ashe Schow reports:
Democrats should come together with one clear message on gun safety.
The federal gov’t must:
1) Outlaw assault weapons and high-capacity magazines
2) Create a mental health database
3) Pass universal background checks
4) Pass a Red Flag Law pic.twitter.com/0odxSpeDQT
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) August 7, 2019
Cuomo also appeared on local radio and news stations to discuss his pledge. In an interview with WXXI public radio in Rochester, Cuomo slightly expanded on his proposal for a mental health database by saying it would prevent some people with mental health issues from obtaining firearms
Cuomo’s proposals are already the law in New York. The assault-weapon ban, the mental health database, and universal background checks have been the law in The Empire State for six years, according to North Country Public Radio. Cuomo’s fourth proposal, the Red Flag law, was made law in the state earlier this year. The laws, according to National Review’s David French when he was endorsing them, “permit a spouse, parent, sibling, or person living with a troubled individual to petition a court for an order enabling law enforcement to temporarily take that individual’s guns right away.”
The Daily Wire’s resident legal scholar, Josh Hammer, suggested on Thursday that conservatives should be “very, very skeptical” (emphasis original) of “red flag” laws because they turn due process on its head.
“The Framers would have been positively aghast at the notion that a next-door neighbor or workplace supervisor could successfully petition a court to deprive an individual of his Second Amendment rights — let alone in ex parte, secretive fashion — for up to two weeks before a gun owner may attempt to defend himself,” Hammer wrote. “To many, that may seem awfully reminiscent of the old English Star Chamber. And even more horrifyingly Orwellian is the on-the-ground reality that people have already died at the hands of law enforcement after they have been unwilling to turn in their GVRO-stripped firearms.”
Regarding a mental health database, remember that psychiatry isn’t an exact science and that mental health professionals are sometimes fallible.