The most “conservative” Democrat in the Senate (that’s not saying much) just proved what we’d all suspected. The Democrat Party mainstream has drifted so far to the left that the Party itself is no longer recognizable. If their least liberal member in the Senate has embraced Fascism… the nation should be very worried.
In the aftermath of the Muslim terrorist attack in Orlando, the Democrat Party en masse has focused not on radical Islam but on the 2nd Amendment. They have offered many fascist proposals; reinstating the “assault weapon ban,” outlawing particular versions of long rifles, banning certain kinds of ammunition, increasing waiting periods for gun purchases, regulating economic activity between citizens by banning private sales of guns, but the most common new regulation they are pressing forward is the “No-fly, No-buy” measure.
Basically, Democrats (and some Republicans) argue that if your name appears on a government watchlist (or no-fly list), then you should not be allowed to purchase a gun. While the measure may seem sensible in the wake of the Orlando attack, it should be known that this measure would not have stopped any mass shooting that we’ve ever experienced. EVER. Also, to allow such a measure as “No-fly, No-buy” would mean that the crucial tenet of “Due Process” would now be worthless. Instead of “innocent until proven guilty,” Americans would now be “guilty until proven innocent.”
Which seems to be exactly what the Democrats want, according to their most conservative Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV).
“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 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.”
— Morning Joe (@Morning_Joe) June 16, 2016
Yes, due process can be a pain for our law enforcement, but our Founders knew it would be. Due Process is supposed to be a thorn in the side of law enforcement. Why? Because Due Process is what protects us, the innocent civilians, from the overwhelming power of the government. Without due process the entire Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and all of our legal protections… are MEANINGLESS.
Don’t fall for the trap. Due Process must be sacrosanct. It is sacred and it must be protected with every fiber of who we are.
Article posted with permission from Eagle Rising.