The Democrats are in trouble. As we hurl forward towards 2016, the DNC remains shockingly underfunded, their messaging is abysmal and their presidential candidates are a wild-eyed socialist, a lackluster governor and an entrenched establishment Democrat re-run with no resonating message, an attitude problem and who is the subject of multiple, very-serious federal investigations.
To distract from this precarious state, it is little wonder why the Democrats have chosen to focus on anything but their list of failings.
To distract from their failures, Democrats have seized-upon a pathetic talking point: gun sales to people on the terrorist watchlist.
Sure, it sounds scary; who would want a suspected terrorist to have access to firearms? What the Democrats consistently neglect to mention as they crusade to close this “loophole” is that those on the watchlist are placed there arbitrarily and without any due process.
In short: if a government bureaucrat says you’re a terrorist, you’re a terrorist and your Second Amendment rights are therefore revoked. No judge, no jury- just an arbitrary determination handed-down from the same federal government who, for years, waged a campaign of aggressive intimidation and harassment to suppress political groups who opposed the regime.
The left has worked to frame this as a standard instance of Republican obstructionism. They use scary-sounding words to detract from the inherent unconstitutionality of the proposal.
Most don’t know, however, that Republicans have a “compromise” on the plan- and it’s nearly as bad as the Democrats’ tyrannical proposal.
The Weekly Standard explains the proposal:
Under Republican legislation sponsored by Senator John Cornyn, the federal government may delay the sale of a firearm to someone on the watch list for up to 72 hours. During that time, if the government can show a judge there’s “probable cause”–the same legal standard used to obtain a search warrant–that the individual is plotting terrorism, then the gun sale is denied outright. The measure received 55 votes in the Senate.
Did you catch it? There is still no due process!
The proposal may heighten the burden upon the government to demonstrate a need to ban a suspected terrorist from obtaining a firearm, but the proposal falls amazingly short on fulfilling any premise of due process as it still could deny a citizen his constitutional rights without a trial and without his being able to confront his accuser.
Some might be able to live with this compromise and trust in the federal judicial branch to act in accordance with the public’s best interests. It’s true that obtaining court approval before routinely denying citizens their God-given rights is a step in the right direction.
However, the measure fails to meet a very-basic standard of constitutional protections as it fails to prove guilt of anyone. It allows for no production of evidence, no witnesses, no examination and cross-examination, no ability for the alleged terrorist to confront his accuser- nothing!
On this matter, the American people cannot bend. Already, the FBI is alerted whenever anyone on the terrorist watchlist attempts to purchase a firearm and all-but 25,000 of the 1.1 million people on the list are ineligible for purchasing a firearm anyway as they are foreign nationals who are prohibited from purchasing firearms.
To snag the rest, the Democrats and the Republicans appear willing to revoke the Second Amendment rights of citizens who have been found guilty of nothing and in doing so, are willing to revoke the constitutional right to due process.
Don’t be fooled; this “compromise” is no compromise at all but is, instead, just a softer form of despotism.