Editor’s Note: Do not let anyone call your natural right to own firearms a 2nd Amendment Right. The Second Amendment does not, nor does any part of the Constitution guarantee your right. Your rights don’t come from GOVERNMENT. Your rights are yours because you are breathing. The 2nd Amendment is ONLY a reminder that government “SHALL NOT INFRINGE” the rights you have.
As we explain in our Terrorist List Fast Facts, we all support the goal of preventing terrorist acts. But terrorists and criminals should be on law enforcement wanted lists or charged with appropriate crimes. These actions would effectively prohibit dangerous individuals from purchasing firearms. It is, quite simply, unacceptable to deny Americans their Second Amendment rights without due process because their name was placed on an error-prone secret government list for which there is no underlying statutory authority.
Further, under the Democrats’ plan, federal authorities would not even have to tell you why your name is on the list. Even the American Civil Liberties Union has taken umbrage and rightly so. The late lion of liberalism, Sen. Ted Kennedy, was prevented from flying by having his name on the so called “no fly list because an alleged terrorist was using the name Edward Kennedy. Providing equal opportunity in its inaccuracy, Weekly Standard writer and Fox News Channel contributor Steven Hayes also was listed, apparently for going on a cruise. The Federalist details all this and it’s worth reading.
But in what was the all-too-predictable capper for this holiday week, White House Spokesman Josh Earnest took the daily opportunity the taxpayers provide him at the White House press room podium to blame the Obama administration’s favorite strawman enemy, the NRA, for questioning the wisdom and efficacy of shunting even more Americans’ names to a list that would prevent them from being able to buy a gun on mere suspicion and without due process. We call that political pandering and it’s shameful. But, it’s also in keeping with their campaign of denying more Americans their Second Amendment rights. It’s pursuing gun control by other means.