Sacramento County Sheriff's Office obtained a "gun violence restraining order" against a man accused of being a racist. The man in question is the leader of Bowl Patrol and has been accused of spewing hateful comments and opposing the Black Lives Matter movement. Andrew Casarez was running a podcast using strong language and was under investigation by county and federal agencies for weeks.
"This search warrant it's the first of its kind at least in the country. As far as how we obtained it and were able to serve it," Lacey Nelson, the spokesperson of Sacramental sheriff's office said. "He was posting enough racist rhetoric and propaganda on Facebook that it concerned that his behaviors could become violent in retaliation."
The sheriff's office believed that Casarez was inspired by Dylann Roof, and was very likely to carry out "lone wolf attacks" to satisfy his audience after being doxed. They also believed he was mentally unstable.
While we would not support any form of hatred or violence against any group of people, if the authorities believed Casarez was promoting violence or was about to commit any crime, they could charge him with specific crimes.
There are specific laws that address hate crime. If Casarez violated any of them, he was liable for arrest and prosecution. Furthermore, the ideology that Casarez promoted was protected by his first amendment rights. However, the sheriff's office did not need to provide any evidence of the nature of the crime that Casarez committed or intended to commit.
Authorities could use the same unrestricted powers to target people with a differing political opinion. Everyone should be presumed innocent until proven guilty, and if they break any laws, they should be prosecuted. However, the red flag laws indicate that someone could be innocent and guilty at the same time, based on the political determination of the authorities.
If a pro-gun authority was in charge of Sacramento, the man could keep his firearms and face no charges. However, because the anti-gun authority supervises the jurisdiction within which the person resides, the citizen has to endure arbitrary confiscation.
This situation means the application of the laws is dependent on the political persuasion of the powers that be. Consequently, the red flags law is a legal loophole that allows anti-gun authorities to confiscate people's firearms based on their political opinion.
Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is pushing universal background checks in our state, and if left unchecked, it will not be long until we see bills like this getting traction in Austin. Texas is embarrassingly ranked 29th for gun rights, and with the help of the political elites in Austin, we will surely rank among New York, California, and Illinois if left to their own devices. Please join our fight today, and help us restore Texas' place as the standard for the U.S.
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