Enforcing the Rules Would Eliminate Need for Red Flag Laws | Opinion

The following is a lightly edited transcript of remarks made by Ari Hoffman during a special Newsweek episode of The Debate about how to stop mass shootings. You can listen to the podcast here:

We all knew people growing up where we said, "Well, if that kid did something awful, we wouldn't be surprised." And yet: did any of us report that person? I'm not saying you have to report anyone who is weird, but there have been these issues where there were red flags in people's background before, and unfortunately, a lot of times, it wasn't reported to the authorities. If these really strict gun control laws worked, we wouldn't have the issues that we have in Chicago, where dozens of people are being shot every single weekend. Or in New York, where we have the exact same thing. Or in Uvalde, Texas, where a lot of these things in this [shooter]'s background were missed. Why aren't we looking at that? Why aren't the rules that we have on the books being used with the records that we have?

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A trainee prepares to fire her gun during a three-day firearms course offered to school teachers and administrators by FASTER Colorado at Flatrock Training Center in Commerce City, Colorado on June 26, 2018. Photo by JASON CONNOLLY/AFP via Getty Images

If a kid has gone for psychiatric help before, who's a juvenile, I don't think that kid belongs anywhere near a weapon. And I think most gun owners like myself would agree with something like that, because there are these issues, and they aren't being addressed. Every time we hear about one of these shootings it's the exact same thing. Every single time. People knew it could happen because the kid had mental health issues and he was posting weird stuff to Facebook. Why was none of that reported under the red flag laws? We need to ask why these basic things weren't looked into, because then we could save lives.

Ari is the host of The Ari Hoffman Show on Talk Radio 570 KVI and the West Coast Editor of The Post Millennial. Originally from New York, he now lives with his family in Seattle, WA.

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