American jurisprudence rests upon noble premises. We believe that it is better for guilty to go free than innocent be punished. We believe that even the most-heinous murderers deserve a fair trial.
We believe in due process- the right to be confronted with evidence, the right to face our accuser and the right to be punished only after having been found guilty of a crime.
Due process is not without its faults. With our too-lenient justice system that excuses heinousness too often, it would be understandably satisfying to “solve” murders by lining the top suspect against a wall. Justice sometime feels delayed or sometime absent altogether.
Still, while due process can fail to satisfy our emotions at times, it is the surest vessel of a continuity of justice.
To Democrats wishing to see a revocation of our Second Amendment rights, however, it is a burdensome, obsolete notion.
West Virginia Democrat Senator Joe Manchin, a rare Democrat branded as more-centrist than most, recently discussed the Democrats’ effort to push legislation which would bar people on government watchlists from obtaining firearms.
The legislation favored by Democrats does not allow for due process of law and allows for the deprivation of constitutional rights to people who have been arbitrarily placed on the lists without any due process of law.
In a recent discussion, Sen. Manchin allowed it to slip how Democrats really feel about our constitutional rights. (emphasis added)
Calling the Orlando terrorist a “gentleman,” Manchin said on MSNBC’s Mornin’ Joe, (emphasis added)
“The problem we have and really the firewall that we have right now is due process. It’s all due process. So we can all say, yeah, we want the same thing but how do we get there?”
“If a person is on the terrorist watch list like the gentleman, the shooter in Orlando, he was twice by the FBI, we were briefed yesterday about what happened, but that man was brought in twice. They did everything they could. The FBI did everything they were supposed to do, but there was no way for them to keep him on the nix list or keep him off the gun buy list,” Manchin said.
“There was no way to do that. So can’t we say that if a person’s under suspicion, there should be a five year period of time of time that we have to see if good behavior, if this person continues the same traits, maybe we can come to that type of an agreement. But due process is what’s killing us now.”
“Suspicion.” That’s the term the left uses to excuse their unconstitutional vendetta and the term used by countless despotic regimes over the centuries to torture, imprison and execute people who had been found guilty of nothing.
This is a civil rights issue if ever there was one. We currently have a party that is tirelessly working to restrict basic constitutional rights of anyone who they deem to be suspected of possibly maybe thinking of committing a crime.
What a handy tool for the left is the should have their way. It is of little surprise that the zealots who work to restrict Americans’ access to firearms are the same people hoping to create a system where they could deny Second Amendment rights to people by placing them on a list without any burden of due process and with very little oversight.