Thursday on MSNBC’s Jose Diaz-Balart Reports, Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-CA) argued that we have to “take a public health approach” on guns “to lower the risks and the incidences of people who are at risk of harming others to get their hands on weapons to kill people.”
Asked how he “processes” the two mass shootings last weekend in his home state, Ruiz responded, “Well, first, we mourn and we pray and we reflect. We cannot let these massacres be the norm for our country. We cannot become numb to the tragedy and the humanity of this situation. So, I mourn with the family. As a physician and public health expert, I know that we must take a public health approach, which is to lower the risks and the incidences of people who are at risk of harming others to get their hands on weapons to kill people.”
It’s unclear exactly what he means by a “public health approach,” but Democrats generally want to expand already-ineffective gun control laws to include red flag laws, which permits a state court to order the temporary removal of firearms from a person they believe may present a danger to others or themselves. That allows the state to target gun owners for dubious reasons such as thought crimes, posting on social media about whatever the Left deems to be a conspiracy theory, or holding views that the Left deems to be “hateful.”
If that’s what Ruiz has in mind, then he’s talking about totalitarianism.