If you are ever in Florence and Muscle Shoals and get lost, if you’re still having to stop at every traffic light, you are still in Florence or Muscle Shoals.

These red flag laws are supposed to keep mentally ill, dangerous people away from firearms. If these people are so dangerous, why aren’t they in a mental hospital where they can be treated and supervised 24 hours a day? A dangerous person is a dangerous person, whether they use a firearm, a knife, a vehicle, a can of gasoline or even a lawnmower blade.

Apparently only the Democrats have the courage to risk their political futures to rein in a rogue president. Unlike the cowardice Republicans, who remain silent and condone any behavior by this president.

If you base your opinion and your vote for superintendent on a man who promises to put air conditioning in gyms, that shows exactly how much you care about your kids’ education.

All of the Democratic presidential campaigners are crying foul, get rid of the electoral college. They are hysterical. What would happen if we got rid of the electoral college and the next president that was Democrat lost the election? They would say get rid of the popular vote.

I’ve noticed the Hillary Clinton emails are back in the news. There’s also a rumor that Trey Gowdy may be coming back to Congress to hold another Benghazi hearing. Stay tuned.

Bob Livingston says the Democrats can take in $100 million by taxing the churches and the preachers. They don’t pay taxes and it’s time they do. That’s what’s going to happen. As a matter of fact, they will do away with Christianity if the Democrats get back in office, and you will be living under Sharia law.

We recently attended a function at Flowers Hall at UNA. Unfortunately, we do need a handicapped place to park and there were none. Most of the cars that were parked in handicapped spaces were not licensed to park there. Where was UNA security? Why were there no tickets? Flowers Hall is not handicapped friendly. I don’t know if we’ll go back there or not for anything.

This is the game the Democrats are playing. They make up a big, fat lie and pass it around so all are on the same page. They tell it to fake news, and they broadcast it nationally. It would be laughable if it was not destroying our country.

I’m just bewildered. When Donald Trump had the Russian delegation in the Oval Office, the American people’s White House, he wouldn’t allow any American press in. But he had the Russian press there. Why are the American people not up in arms? He’s committing treasonous acts.

The Democrats and the Republicans should put America and the U.S. Constitution first. Set aside the politics of impeachment and focus on the facts. God bless America.

We shall soon see if democracy still works in the United States of America, or if Donald Trump has abandoned democracy. The Republicans need to make a stand. So do the American people.

Donald Trump said Colin Kaepernick disrespected the flag when he peaceably protested the killing of black people. Trump is disrespecting the flag, the Constitution, the rule of law, the American people and, especially, the United States Congress.

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Gene Ralno

Red flag laws were created to dilute power licensed to the psychiatric community and transfer it to unqualified persons more obedient to democrats, e.g., local judges and crotchety old aunts. Due process requires reports from two psychiatrists, one from each side, legal representation, arraignment, indictment and trial by jury. Democrats and weak minded Republicans are victims of the bum's rush.

Nobody wants criminals to have firearms but to be taken seriously, if the accused is a danger to himself or others, he should be legally arrested. In other words, take the man but leave the guns. The natural line of inheritance will dictate who becomes custodian of the guns. Politicians on both sides who support this notion will regret the day they ever heard of red flag laws. They’re so incendiary, they could cost the president his deserved reelection.

Their legacies will carry a Supreme Court scolding and perhaps be the landmark of their careers. Writers, politicians and demonstrators have been hoodwinked by Bloomberg's rhetoric and haven’t read his 2018 data. It reveals gun homicides declined seven percent, firearm injuries declined 10 percent, fatal child shootings (under 18) declined 12 percent and unintentional shootings plummeted 21 percent.

None of this hysteria is justified. Since 1991, the murder rate has fallen by 45 percent and the overall violent crime rate has fallen by 48 percent. It's bizarre that Bloomberg wants to change all that. Since 1999, the statistical probability of a student being killed in school, on any given day by a gun has been one in 614 million. During the same period, your chances of being struck by lightning in the U.S. on any given day are one in 12.6 million.

Bloomberg says the nation is in crisis, suffering an epidemic. Folks, there is no crisis, no epidemic. Shooting incidents involving students have been declining since the '90s. Fact is all but three mass shooters in recent history passed a background check. Two stole their rifles. The other one bought from a guy who assembled it from parts and sold it from home. Murders committed by all types of rifles combined, in 2018, dropped by 23.9 percent. Long guns are used in less than two percent of firearm homicides.

During that time, citizens were buying a record number of firearms. In 2018, more than 26 million firearms were purchased, a number exceeded only by 27.5 million in 2016 when purchasers were mortified that Hillary might be elected. Democrats want US citizens to believe making the U.S. safer for criminals will make it safer for their victims. Ask yourself, do you believe being disarmed makes you safer? What kind of political leader would disarm his people while howling about the peril they face?

These laws have not considered all the possible areas they might harm. For example, what if a crotchety old aunt complained about a blustery nephew who also is a Federal Firearms Licensee and established dealer? What if the nephew is a licensee who operates a pawn shop? What if the nephew stores a neighbor's firearms because his safe is large enough? What about a nephew whose firearms are stored somewhere else? And so on.

The Supreme Court isn't about to jeopardize its own reputation by reducing the ability of private citizens to defend themselves. It's especially important because currently, half the nation's murders occur in only 63 counties while the other half are spread across the other 3,081 counties. Said another way, 15 percent had one murder and 54 percent of the nation’s counties had no murders at all.

Besides, they’re sick of our paralyzed congress creating ambiguous laws that ultimately land in the Supreme Court. They know it’s easy to blame the tools used for murder and to write acts that impede acquisition by peaceable, lawful citizens.

They know it’s far more difficult to focus on the more complex reality of why incomprehensible murderers do what they do. If something is to be done, perhaps it should be focused on the mental defectives, criminals, terrorists and illegal aliens.

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