Our constitutional rights are not starting points for a negotiation. We are not willing to have a conversation about how “reasonable” it would be to deny people their First Amendment rights without due process. Yet, for some reason, the Democrats continually assert that Americans should be obliged to surrender their Second Amendment rights without due process and for some astonishing reason, too many so-called “Republicans” are willing to bend to their outrageous demands.
One of them, sadly, is John Boehner 2.0- current House Speaker Paul Ryan.
Last week, House Democrats threw a temper tantrum reminiscent of a spoiled child in a Toys ‘R’ Us aisle. They literally fell to the floor and refused to move until they got their way- which was a demand for a vote on annihilating the Second Amendment and our very premise of “innocent until proven guilty.”
Democrats are pushing for legislation that would bar people on government watchlists from purchasing firearms. It sounds like a noble idea except that these watchlists are arbitrarily-created lists with no due process and virtually no oversight.
This means that if the government places someone on their lists, that person is considered a terrorist and can have his or her Second Amendment rights stripped away without ever having been convicted of a crime, without having ever been charged with a crime or even without ever having been confronted with evidence of a crime.
These lists are so incredibly shoddy that former far-left Senator Ted Kennedy was disallowed once from boarding a plane because he had been accidentally added to the “no-fly” list.
Democrats have maintained that they intend to support due process by allowing those who have been placed on the list to appeal the inclusion at their own expense.
Or, in other words: such a proposal is literally the exact opposite of due process as it presumes guilt unless the accused can prove otherwise.
During a recent conference call with House Republicans, Speaker Ryan indicated that he intended to cave to Democrat temper tantrums and hold a vote next week on gun control legislation. The details of what legislation will be voted on have not been released, but any gun control legislation that has been recently discussed has been bereft of due process.
Ryan reportedly said that it was “common sense that suspects on terror watch list not be able to buy guns.”
Reports also indicate that the gun control package for next week will likely also include mental health aspects- another good-sounding idea fraught with complications as such emphasis on mental health is also largely a work-around for constitutional limitations on the government.
Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer praised the capitulation and said that Democrats will seize the opportunity.
“We will also be urging the Speaker to allow for an open process that provides House Democrats with a chance to file amendments and have a vote on the bipartisan ‘No Fly, No Buy’ bill.”
Ryan has reportedly claimed that he will not put up with another sit-in and has reportedly given instructions to the sergeant-at-arms to “take any actions they deem necessary” to prevent another shameful temper tantrum.
Then again, what better way to show the spoiled children of the left that their temper tantrums are effective than by surrendering to them and doing their bidding?