Political winds blowing up from El Paso and over from Dayton, Ohio?

Sen. Tom Cotton, speaking to the Arkansas Sheriff’s Association on Monday, surprised many by saying Congress should pass a law to make it harder for people with mental health issues to get guns, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports. The statement got a nod of approval from Cotton’s opponent in his bid for re-election, Josh Mahony.

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State Sen. Trent Garner (R-El Dorado) did not get the memo, apparently. He tweeted today that such “reg flag laws” are a “violation of many of our fundamental rights. What it ultimately boils down to is the government coming into your house to take your personal property when you have committed no crime.”

Not that red flag laws would do any such thing. What they might do, however, is prevent another Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre of children and the other mass murders that plague our nation.

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Also today, Governor Hutchinson told the sheriffs that he was going to try to build support among the legislature to pass a hate crime law, one with enhanced penalties for crimes motivated by the victim’s gender or sexual identity. “No group should be targeted for being who they are,” he told the sheriffs. Arkansas is one of only four states that have no hate crime laws on the books (along with Georgia, South Carolina and Wyoming).

 

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