There are few things so un-American as the principle that one must ask for permission from the government to exercise their constitutional rights. Rights, as the name suggests, are not privileges. They are ours to exercise (or not). The government has no say in the existence of these rights except that the very reason for our government’s creation and continued existence is to protect these rights.
Still, Christians in America are increasingly persecuted as they attempt to exercise their First Amendment rights. Every single American routinely has their Fourth Amendment rights violated as the government monitors all electronic communications.
The Second Amendment, however, remains the most-endangered constitutional right. In order to exercise this right, one must first literally ask for permission from the government and pay a fee to exercise this right. To carry a firearm, one must pay further fees, ask for more permission and, in many states, demonstrate a need to exercise this right. In many of these same states, the citizen will never be allowed to carry a firearm.
What remains interesting about the American left is the application of these constitutional principles. They show an absurd amount of religious tolerance for the jihadists who aim to kill Americans, but hold none whatsoever for American Christians. They wage a war on police and assert that they cannot be trusted to apply the law, but simultaneously maintain that the government can be trusted with our every electronic communication.
They assert that it is un-American to maintain a registry of Muslims entering the country, but claim that we need a registry of Americans who dare to exercise their Second Amendment rights.
Two weeks ago, the left and centrist right went nuts when stories emerged that irresponsibly claimed that 2016 GOP frontrunner Donald Trump had called for the creation of a registry for all Muslims. Opponents called him a Nazi, a jackbooted thug who would turn America into the Fourth Reich.
The problem? It never happened. Unwilling to let the truth get in the way of a good story, the liberal media smeared The Donald and the RINO establishment joined with the left to pile-on.
What did happen was Trump was riffing with reporters and discussing the Syrian refugee crisis and a reporter asked a loaded question about if we needed to create a database. Evidently presuming that the reporter meant a database for the incoming Muslim refugees about whom we should have serious concerns, Trump answered in the affirmative. From that point onward, it spiraled out of control, but those who took the time to research what he really said soon discovered that it was a miscommunication.
However, these same liberals who went nuts over Trump’s “gotcha!” answer are the same ones calling for laws that would restrict Americans from buying guns if they are on the terrorist watchlist. While this watchlist sounds scary, John Lott explains,
Now, being on the watch list sure sounds bad, but it doesn’t mean that a person has been convicted of anything. In fact, it is pretty easy to get on the watch list; you can be on it simply because the FBI wants to interview you about someone you might know. According to the TechDirt website, about 40 percent of the people on the watch list are considered to be under “reasonable suspicion” even though they have absolutely “no affiliation with known terrorist groups.”
So, to clarify: the left abhors the idea that incoming Syrian refugees should be monitored, but they are perfectly comfortable with denying Americans who have not been found guilty of anything of the right to bear arms.
It should also be noted that between 2004 and 2014, more than 2,000 Americans on this watchlist purchased firearms and not a single one has been traced to any alleged crime.
“While the nation suffered through the shock of another bloody massacre, on Thursday every Senate Republican except Mark Kirk of Illinois voted against legislation to prevent people on the FBI’s consolidated terrorist watchlist from purchasing guns or explosives.”
Parroting the anti-prayer talking points of the left that emerged in the moments after the terrorist attack, the Times wrote,
“When a mass shooting at home calls attention to laws that put guns into the hands of suspected terrorists, they ask for a moment of silence, while taking action that speaks volumes.”
Just in case the Grey Lady was too subtle, the New York Daily News placed on the front page of their Friday edition a picture of NRA chief Wayne LaPierre and boldly labeled him a “terrorist,” asserting that “Syed Farook joins long list of murderous psychos enabled by NRA’s sick gun jihad against America in the name of profit.”
The NRA is a civil rights organization that dutifully protects the rights of Americans and without which our civil rights would be dangerously eroded. If we are to point the finger of blame at anybody in this tragic situation, the finger should be pointed squarely at the terrorists who pulled the trigger and at the gun control proponents who have created an atmosphere in California where the law-abiding citizens are routinely denied the opportunity to exercise their rights and procure the means with which to help stop such massacres before they accumulate a high body count.
So, to summarize: to the left, Donald Trump is a Nazi for wanting to monitor incoming Muslim refugees from a war-torn nation that serves as the hub of operations for ISIS, but they are supporters of a database that would deny Americans the right to due process and then also deny them their Second Amendment rights predicated upon this arbitrary and punitive determination.