"There is no need for red flag laws. Red flag laws actually limit a person's due process of law," he told New American senior editor Rebecca Terrell on April 28. "I mean, there are laws in place without red flag laws that allow people to be committed to mental institutions – those that are mentally unstable, have gender dysphoria or things like that. Those are mental issues and we have laws in place already to take care of that. They just have to be enforced and followed." (Related: Instead of red flag laws, why won't lawmakers investigate psychiatric drugs and their links to violence?)
The term red flag law refers to the various court orders that states have in place, in addition to Extreme Risk Firearm Protection Orders (ERFPO), Risk Protection Orders (RPO), Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPO), Gun Violence Restraining Orders (GVRO) and risk warrants. These laws are designed to preemptively disarm people who show warning signs that they could be dangerous to themselves and/or others.
Clyde reiterated that the First and Second Amendments go hand-in-hand. The First Amendment allows citizens to speak, express their views and bring grievances to the government. Meanwhile, the Second Amendment guarantees the right to keep and bear arms and maintains the freedom to speak of Americans.
"The Second Amendment is so absolutely vital to our Constitution in preserving life and liberty in the U.S. because without the Second Amendment, there's no teeth to make sure we have a First Amendment," remarked Clyde. He mentioned that the Second Amendment also enables "individual participation in the preservation of liberty."
The congressman emphasized that he will always defend the Second Amendment to ensure Americans do not lose their ability to defend themselves individually, and against a tyrannical government. The numerous bills he filed in support of the right to keep and bear arms attest to this commitment.
Terrell also asked Clyde about his stance in the current debate about abortion pills. In response, Clyde said abortion is murder and that Americans should stand in every area against it.
According to Clyde, the Food and Drug Administration's decision to "approve" the mifepristone abortion pill for sale is absolutely terrible as people can now get it over the counter. He also noted that the Supreme Court allowed the sale of the drug to continue while the actual case works its way through the court system.
Nevertheless, the congressman expressed hope that mifepristone will be banned from drugstores in America. He also recounted the overturn of the Roe v. Wade ruling in June of last year, a moment he dubbed as a "hallelujah day."
The congressman ultimately pointed out that every life is precious, with the Declaration of Independence outlining life as the first unalienable right given by God. Thus, governments are tasked to protect and defend that right instead of taking it away.
Terrell also noted that Clyde, a member of the House Appropriations Committee, voted in favor of the Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act. She asked if there was any chance that sanity would be restored when it comes to this issue, to which Clyde responded in the affirmative. He recounted that Title IX was put in place in the 1970s to protect women, women's sports and educational opportunities for them at schools of higher learning.
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Watch the full conversation between Georgia Rep. Andrew Clyde and Rebecca Terrell below.
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