Author: Conner Drigotas

Conner Drigotas is the Director of Communications and Outreach at the Fairness Center. Prior to joining the Fairness Center, Conner managed local, state, and federal political campaigns, and worked in the financial industry developing financial strategies for at-risk populations. Conner earned his MBA from Lehigh University and holds undergraduate degrees in Government & Law and Psychology from Lafayette College. A native Mainer, Conner enjoys the great outdoors and spends his free time hunting, camping, and fishing with his wife Danielle. All opinions expressed are his own.

The Eight Flawed Factors Used to Red Flag Your Gun Rights

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From local officials to members of Congress to the President of the United States, plans are in motion to make Emergency Risk Protection Orders (ERPO’s), commonly called Red Flag Laws, the national norm.

An ERPO order allows for the confiscation by force of all firearms an individual owns. An individual served with an ERPO would lose their firearms for a period between three months and one year.

In Pennsylvania, Red Flag Laws are under serious consideration: even the state’s Republican Senator, Pat Toomey, supports them. In a recent article for the Pennsylvania Post, reporter Ed Mahon listed the eight factors a “judge or hearing officer would be required to weigh” when issuing an ERPO. Each has problems, but taken together they amount to one fact: without committing any crime, ERPO’s allow a judge or hearing officer to strip American citizens of a fundamental and constitutional right.

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Gun Control Is Dead, And So Is the Debate

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We live in a post gun control world, and most of us don’t even know it. The current debate over gun control is simply a waste of time. The modern gun ownership landscape is misunderstood by the lawmakers, and by most of the media discussing it. We all want to decrease gun violence, but it feels like the solutions are all the same.

In the wake of national tragedy in Texas and Ohio, we have seen more of the same talking points from all the same talking heads: Common sense gun control. Mandatory buyback programs. Red flag laws. Bans on assault weapons.

There are deep flaws in each of these, but more importantly, none of these are realistic. We need to look at other solutions because guns are here, and they are here to stay. 

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Dan Crenshaw Cracks Under Gun Grabber Pressure

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Following the shootings in Texas and Ohio, another high-ranking Republican Congressman has now dismissed the importance of the Second Amendment. Via twitter, Representative Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) expressed his support for two major forms of gun control. First, he TAPS Act, which militarizes the police and will profile American citizens. Crenshaw is also advocating for Red Flag laws, which confiscate legally owned guns while circumventing the foundational principle of due process.

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Pennsylvania Marriage Law Desperately Needs Updating

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Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. Commitment is a personal choice and an important promise to love and cherish someone. Unlike some other states, Pennsylvania’s government is still present at every wedding ceremony by state law placing restrictive limits on who couples can choose to officiate their marriage.

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Judges: Trump Can’t Block on Twitter

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Following a now years old battle to retain control over his Twitter, Trump has lost. A three-judge panel on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York ruled unanimously that President Donald Trump is not allowed to block Twitter critics.

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