In the wake of the Orlando terror attack that left 49 people dead and 53 injured, the left have renewed calls for increased gun control with a vengeance. We’ve heard many of their proposals before, such as enhancing universal background checks to close the so-called gun-show loophole and banning assault weapons. In the wake of Orlando, additional focus is being put on banning suspected terrorists on terror watch lists from buying weapons.
And while we’ve become accustomed to fighting to defend our Second Amendment rights, in the wake of Orlando, Democrats are now taking aim at another constitutional right, in the name of preventing gun violence.
As the Washington Times reports:West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin told an MSNBC panel on Thursday that the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is “killing us” in terms of preventing gun violence.
Mr. Manchin, a Democrat, referred to due process as an inconvenient “firewall” when it comes to denying Americans firearms.
“The problem we have — and really, the firewall 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 a 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 senator said, the Weekly Standard reported.“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. There was no way to do that. So can’t we say that if a person is under suspicion, there should be a five-year period 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 right now.”
Yeah, that darn due process that is fundamental to our life, liberty and property. Sure hate when that gets in the way, don’t you?Sen. Manchin’s comments may be among the most terrifying we’ve heard, in a sea of frightening ones since the Orlando attacks. Constitutional scholars agree.
Ilya Shapiro, a senior fellow in constitutional studies at the Cato Institute, told the Weekly Standard that Mr. Manchin’s comments are terrifying.
“With all due respect, due process is the essential basis of America. The Constitution was established to ‘secure the blessings of liberty’ — that’s the whole purpose of our government — and that government can’t deny us our life, liberty or property without due process of law,” Mr. Shapiro said. “If the government wants to deny someone’s liberty, it better have an awfully good reason and it better be ready to defend itself in court immediately — akin to what happens when someone is arrested or involuntarily committed. Otherwise, we’d live in a world where perhaps there’s less crime, but also life isn’t worth living. Senator Manchin may want to live in a police state, but few of us would want to join him there.”
Police state indeed.
So, let’s review: not only is the Second Amendment expendable, it looks like the Fifth is in jeopardy as well. And let’s not forget the First Amendmentd — who can forget Attorney General Lynch’s comments in the wake of the San Bernardino attacks, promising to prosecute anti-Muslim rhetoric that she deems “edges towards violence”? (Not to mention, of course, the persecution of Christians who refuse to service same-sex weddings based on their religious beliefs and the more recent attempts to prosecute “climate change deniers.”)
Are we in the United States of America really headed down a path where our right to bear arms and speak freely are being diminished at the same time our very right to fight to protect our rights is as well?
Ronald Reagan said that freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. It’s been less than eight years of President Barack Obama and look how far we’ve already gone.
Continuing on with Reagan’s words:
[Freedom] must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.
We can’t let that happen.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]