Red Flags Laws Will Only Lead To More Deaths

With the recent mass shootings across the country within a span of a few days, this have led multiple Republican and Democrat leaders to support the implementation of red flag gun laws, including here in Arizona.

First, we must understand what these “red flag gun laws” are. A red flag gun law allows members of law enforcement or family members to petition a state court to order the temporary removal of firearms from a person who may present a danger to others or themselves.

With this, comes the direct violation of citizen’s right to due process. The United States Constitution states that no one shall be “deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law.” Taking the property of citizens who have not been convicted of a crime violates this provision.


Sure, these types of laws sound great and could stop another mass shooting from happening. But here’s the problem, it hasn’t. In fact, it even caused the death of a 61-year-old Maryland resident in late 2018. According to the CBS article, It wasn’t clear why the “red flag” order was issued.

On Monday night, six Philadelphia police officers were shot while serving a warrant on a suspect who already had an extensive criminal record. By Pennsylvania state law, this suspect was already prohibited from possessing firearms. But guess what, he was still able to shoot six police officers.

Unfortunately, this type of incident has happened all over the country where people who are prohibited possessors still access firearms and do harm.

Calls to enact these laws here in Arizona now coming from the Governor’s Office, are quite alarming. Arizona is still considered by many as the wild west, where we cling to God and our guns.

According to a Washington Post article, a mass shooting is defined by 4 or more people being injured or killed. By that definition, Arizona has had 5 mass shootings since 1990…including the Buddhist temple massacre and the 2011 Tucson shooting where former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords was shot and US District Judge John Roll was killed.

Now, if you compare that to other states that have “red flag gun laws” such as California and Illinois, the number is far greater than Arizona. This is ultimately related to innocent people being stripped of the right to protect themselves. We saw this especially in the 2015 San Bernardino shooting where a couple (who used guns that were already illegal in California) marched into a gun free zone and murdered 14 people and injured 22.

It’s so sad and shocking that leaders from both sides can’t comprehend the comparison that more gun laws, only stop innocent people from protecting themselves, which ultimately result in the deaths of more people. If these “red flag gun laws” are passed here in Arizona, it won’t stop shootings…it’ll only increase the chances of innocent people being killed due to the inability to protect themselves.

To the leaders here in Arizona wanting to enact legislation that restricts the right of people to protect themselves…back off. Use your time and resources to focus on treatment for those who are mentally ill or come from broken homes.

From a 2018 Patheos article, 26 out of 27 of the mass shootings that happened, the shooter came from a fatherless or broken home. This ultimately stems from the lack of God and family values in our society…which were being stripped away in multiple years by the Obama administration.

So please, let us continue to defend ourselves without any type of government interference or violation of our God given rights.

Marc Bretz is an Arizona native and partner at Win Right Strategies, LLC which is a conservative consulting firm.


  1. “Sure, these types of laws sound great and could stop another mass shooting from happening. But here’s the problem, it hasn’t.” Neither have all those guns people are carrying around. Red Flag laws are a start, along with comprehensive background checks and ending the gun show loophole. And, yes, banning assault weapons. Maybe a buy-back program for those who want to give up their guns. No government confiscation — I’m keeping mine — but reasonable regulation. It wont stop all the crazies, but it might make it harder for them to slaughter innocents.

    BTW — Folks should read the entire Second Amendment. It’s one sentence, one topic, and then reflect on which “well-regulated militia” whose discipline they want to be under.

    • So I guess you are willing to give up which other ‘rights’ guaranteed by the constitution? the 1st 4th or……….? Red flag laws are a joke as was pointed out and again are UNCONSTITUTIONAL as they are not within the scope of legal since these folks will not be afforded the trial to determine IF they are not authorized to have weapons. Again which part of the Bill of Rights are you going to go for next?

      How can the gov’t have a “buy back” of something they NEVER OWNED to begin with? Again a feel good thought but not reality.

      As to the 2d amendment, it has been DECIDED by the US SUPREME COURT, that it does apply to the individual and does not require membership in a militia, but since you say you will not turn yours in, what militia unit do you belong to? As to slaughter of innocents, look at news articles out of england, australia, china where there are increases in knifeings and bludgeoning attacks. So bad england has proposed a prohibition on pointed and sharpened edge knives!

    • So Albert when can we discuss the senseless deaths that happen everyday in the Abortion Factories all over this land? Is it really senseless deaths that riles you, or just gun deaths? You like to parse words about an amendment that is clear, the 2nd, but stand up for a court ruling based on a non-existing ruling from the Bill of Rights, a woman’s right to privacy, ie. to kill her baby.

  2. Prohibited possessors do not care that they are prohibited from owning or carrying firearms. A piece of paper or a judge’s order means nothing to them, and they are usually a half bubble off from level.

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