In order to distract from the reality of the dangers posed by radical Islam, Democrat lawmakers and leftist media pundits have worked overtime to try and paint the Orlando terrorist attack as an indictment of our Second Amendment rights and the firearms that go along with them.
Democrats threw a literal temper tantrum and stubbornly sat on the floor of the House of Representatives until they were granted a vote on legislation that would keep citizens from purchasing firearms once they were placed on the terrorist watchlist or the “no-fly” list.
Of course, what liberals conspicuously neglect to address is that most placed on these lists have committed no crime, have had no charges filed against them and have not had any semblance of due process. Thus, if Democrats had their way, citizens could be arbitrarily placed on a list that bars them from retaining their basic civil rights without ever being afforded due process.
In contrast, a Democrat maneuver is now enabling those who have had due process and been found guilty of violent crimes to regain their legal access to firearms.
In recent months, to aid in the 2016 election, Virginia Democrat Governor Terry McAuliffe restored the voting rights of 206,000 convicted felons– a class of people who overwhelmingly vote Democrat.
The political move was a departure from the standard procedure for a restoration of rights for felons. Previously, felons would have to fill out an application and petition the executive branch of the state to regain their voting rights. Decisions were made on a case-by-case basis.
McAuliffe eliminated this procedure and granted the rights to violent and nonviolent felons alike without needing an application.
The move, however, included a provision that would allow violent felons to petition a local court judge for the restoration of Second Amendment rights– a provision that many are taking full advantage of.
The slippery slope is in full view. One man, Rodell Callahan, is petitioning to regain his rights of firearm owernship despite having a lengthy criminal history including violent crimes.
“If the governor trusts me to get my rights back … why won’t the circuit court trust me to get my firearm license?” Callahan said. “With everything going on in the world, it’s crazy. You got people shooting up nightclubs.”
While courts can reject the petition, the floodgates have opened and prosecutors are now having to deal with these petitions and many do not have the time or resources to adequately litigate the issue.
Though attorneys are complaining about the governor releasing the floodgates, the governor seems unconcerned. “Do your job. I do mine,” said McAuliffe earlier this week. “And I don’t complain about my workload.”
Gov. McAuliffe has remained incredibly hostile to Second Amendment supporters and his administration even revoked recognition of concealed carry permits for dozens of states in Virginia.
“The most anti-gun governor in a long time in Virginia just made it incredibly easy for felons to get guns,” Virginia attorney Jason Pelt stated.
Civil rights advocate Alan Gottlieb of the Second Amendment Foundation highlighted the absurdity of McAuliffe’s position.
“While Virginia Democrat Governor Terry McAuliffe wants to restrict the Second Amendment rights of lawful citizens his policies help arm violent felons,” Gottlieb summarized.
In truth, rights are not gifts from government. They are ours as human beings and should be protected by government. If a person is in jail, they have had their rights revoked.
However, if a citizen has been released, it is unconscionable to restrict a human right as a form of perpetual punishment.
Felons should have their Second Amendment rights restored as government simultaneously stops hindering law-abiding citizens from obtaining access to firearms.
However, despite all the grandstanding and theatrics by Democrats about who should and should not have access to firearms, it’s pathetically hypocritical to see a Democrat governor working to arm felons as he and his fellow Democrats work to make it harder for law-abiding citizens to exercise their Second Amendment rights.