Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy made a big show of demonstrating his brand of liberal zealotry on Wednesday. The senator who rose to prominence amidst the chaos and grief in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, stood for 15 hours on Wednesday and into the early hours of Thursday. Murphy’s grandstanding was met with support from Democrats, but is likely to have little effect on policy in the House or Senate, bodies controlled by the GOP.
While conservatives waited to hear what, if any, concessions would be made to Democrats seeking to undermine the Second Amendment, news came from both Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, leaders of their respective houses of legislature, that Democrats are unlikely to see their proposals advance.
Far-left Senator Dianne Feinstein has authored legislation that would ban the sale of firearms to people on the government terrorist watchlist and “no-fly” list. While few can defend arming terrorists, inclusion on the list requires no due process of law, no charges of a crime or even any evidence.
This means that anyone, for any possible reason- or no reason at all- could be placed on the list that, if Democrats had their way, would mean a revocation of constitutional rights.
Because of the total lack of due process, GOP lawmakers have indicated an overall unwillingness to support the measure.
We want to make sure that something like this doesn’t happen again. Everybody wants that,” Ryan stated to reporters Thursday. “But as we look at how to proceed, we also want to make sure that we’re not infringing upon people’s legitimate constitutional rights. That’s important.”
Mitch McConnell also gave Democrats little cause for hope as he described Murphy’s filibuster as a campaign talk-a-thon” that only accomplished delaying votes.
Senator Ted Cruz blasted the Democrat effort as useless and misguided.
“I find it ridiculous that in response to an ISIS terror attack, the Democrats go on high dudgeon that we’ve got to restrict the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens,” Cruz said. “This is not a gun control issue, this is a terrorism issue.”
Cruz, in tandem with Sen. Chuck Grassley, has proposed a measure that alert authorities to any attempted gun purchases by anyone who has been investigated for terrorism in the past five years. The measure would deny no constitutional rights while alerting authorities to potential threats possibly worthy of investigation.
Cruz’s moderate counterpart, fellow Texas senator John Cornyn, has proposed a bill that would prohibit the sale of a firearm to someone on the government watchlists for 72 hours, but would require prosecutors to demonstrate probable cause to a judge if they wish to block the sale permanently.
However, Cornyn’s bill is deceptively tyrannical as even with the increased legal vigilance, the accused still is unable to confront accusers and refute evidence. Thus, no due process has occurred in the above scenario and should be rejected by any and all who value the rule of law.
2016 Republican presidential nominee Donald Drumpf has indicated that he will be meeting with the NRA to discuss the competing bills.
It is possible that the House, Senate or both may consider gun control legislation as a means of placating the hysterical left who have latched-onto this distraction; however, based on the reactions and the viable alternatives to Feinstein’s tyrannical bill, it seems very unlikely that her unconstitutional measure will become law.