The strongest measure of protecting the homeland is ensuring that Americans are well-armed and well-educated in the use of such firearms. Our Founding Fathers understood this premise and so have America’s enemies who have dismissed notions of invasion as impractical as Americans possess enough individual firearms to mount a sizable resistance to any attempted occupations.
Still, liberals exploit American weakness and assure Americans that gun are the cause of violence instead of the tools that protect the people.
Like all classic despots, some of the highest leaders on the left have used the recent terrorist attack in Orlando to urge disarmament and other anti-gun efforts geared towards facilitating such unconstitutional ends. One such despot is Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson who recently claimed that ensuring the passage of gun control legislation is now a goal of the Department ogf Homeland Security (DHS).
On Tuesday, Johnson was asked by far-left political commentator Gayle King, “What will it take to move the needle when it comes to gun control? People thought it would be Sandy Hook.”
Johnson replied with a chilling admission: (emphasis added)
“You’re asking me about gun control. I am not anxious to plunge into yet another difficult, contentious issue like the ones I already have,” Johnson said. “I do believe, however, that meaningful, responsible gun control is now part and parcel of homeland security. It’s critical to public safety, but we have to face the fact that meaningful, responsible gun control has to be part of homeland security as well, given the prospect of homegrown, home-born violent extremism in this country.”
Indeed, Second Amendment issues are national security issues now. That is precisely why the role of America’s government should be ensuring that law-abiding citizens have access to firearms without government intervention and obstacles hindering the attaining of such firearms.
Further, it should be the goal of the government to ensure that the kinds of firearms accessible by law-abiding Americans are of the same efficient variety available to criminals. That means prohibiting the restriction of access to semi-automatic weapons to law-abiding citizens at a time when criminals can obtain easy access to semi-automatic weapons.
CBS host Charlie Rose asked if he believed that the government should be dedicated to restricting people from purchasing firearms who are on the “no-fly” list.
“Well, a number of people have made the point that individuals who are on our no-fly list, who are on various other lists, who are able to purchase a weapon in this country … I believe that’s something that has to be addressed,” Johnson said.
“With great respect, Mr. Secretary, you are head of Homeland Security. What do you think?” Rose pushed.
“I believe that meaningful, responsible gun control is part of homeland security, and it’s something we have to address,” Johnson said.
Of course, few want terrorists to have access to firearms. However, the terrorist “no-fly” watchlist is an arbitrarily-amended document that serves as little more than a guess of who may or may not be involved in nefarious deeds. It possesses no semblance of due process and very, very little oversight. Once on the list, the onus falls upon citizens, law-abiding and otherwise, to jump through hurdles to have them removed from the blacklist.
Prohibiting citizens from exercising their Second Amendment rights without any sort of due process is not only unethical, but it constitutes a dangerous slippery slope from which our nation could never recover.