07/06/2022
Representative Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas.

  • Republican Representative Dan Crenshaw said the red flag legislation would not work as Democrats called for gun control measures after the Ovaldi shootings.
  • Crenshaw, who said he has due process concerns, does not support the new restrictions on guns.
  • During his CNN interview, Crenshaw threw cold water at federal and state legislatures with red flags.

Texas Representative Dan Crenshaw on Sunday reiterated his opposition to new gun control proposals — including red flag laws — after a mass shooting that killed 19 children and two teachers in his state.

during the interview Speaking to CNN’s State of the Union, the two-year-old Republican — who represents the Houston-area congressional district — explained why he doesn’t participate in important firearms regulations.

“Frankly, I think there are a lot of issues with red flag laws, especially at the national level,” he told hostess Dana Bash. “Criminal law should be established democratically at the municipal and state levels.”

When asked if he would support a statewide red flag law, Crenshaw also spoke out against such a proposal, citing due process. Red flag laws generally allow police to temporarily seize guns from anyone who poses a threat to themselves or others.

“Basically, what you’re trying to do with the red flag law is enforce the law before the law is broken, and that’s really hard,” he said. “It’s hard to assess whether someone is a threat.”

He continued, “If there’s a threat that they’re actually threatening someone with a gun, then they’ve already broken the law, so why do you need that other law?” That’s the question I think the critics are right to ask about this stuff, so it’s really unclear how to properly apply and follow due process, and ultimately how to solve the problem.

Crenshaw then stated that Ovaldi’s 18-year-old killer was “agitated” and “did some very strange things” but wasn’t sure if his behavior prior to the murder amounted to being committed or involuntary possessions. robbed of it.

While Democrats have long tried to issue warning signals nationally — particularly after the mass shootings at a school in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012 and in Parkland, Florida, in 2018 — Republicans have largely resisted such actions. Many in the party argued that more resources should be devoted to school security and mental health services.

Amid constant scrutiny by local law enforcement of the timetable when they tried to enter Robb Elementary School in Ovaldi, Crenshaw said he did not want to “convict” officers who found themselves in a difficult situation, but said it “seems clear” that the right procedures have not been put in place.

“It’s not a training problem. We have a very clear training doctrine on this,” he told Bach. “The situation changes for an armed gunman when there are innocents inside.”

“You have to get rid of your sense of self-preservation and walk that door,” he added.