Will the government soon quarter troops in your home?
The Third Amendment prohibits that, sure — but if prominent and powerful Democrats are so anxious to toss out the First and Second Amendments to the Constitution, who’s to say they wouldn’t jettison the Third?
Last year, every Democratic U.S. Senator voted to repeal the First Amendment’s guarantee of freedom of speech and replace it with new, broad powers for incumbents in Congress to regulate their own campaign spending and their opponents’, and thereby regulate essential political speech.
Luckily, those 54 senators still lacked the two-thirds margin needed to send their constitutional amendment to the House and then possibly out to the states.
Now, in the face of “gun violence” in San Bernardino, California — what has finally, ever so reluctantly, been acknowledged to be terrorism — President Barack Obama, presidential aspirant Hillary Clinton, and congressional Democrats, advance the idea that we should immediately scrap the Second Amendment.
“For those who are concerned about terrorism,” said Mr. Obama, as if he’s not so concerned, “some may be aware of the fact that we have a no-fly list where people can’t get on planes. But those same people, who we don’t allow to fly, could go into a store right now in the United States and buy a firearm, and there’s nothing we can do to stop them. That’s a law that needs to be changed.”
How would such a statute work? By first scrapping the Fifth Amendment, which guarantees that “No person shall be . . . deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.”
These Democrats demand that Americans on the so-called “No-Fly List” — a subset of the 700,000 folks found on the Terrorist Watch List — be denied their Second Amendment right to a firearm, despite the fact that the bureaucratically created list is recognized to be a mess and, moreover, offers not a scintilla of due process: no charge, jury, trial.
Would this new regulation have prevented the San Bernardino murderers from getting guns? No — they had recently flown to Saudi Arabia, half-way around the world.
The globe-trotting Boston Marathon bombers didn’t make the no-fly list, either.
But the list did label an 18-month-old girl a terrorist, snatching her rights like taking candy from a . . . toddler.
For many years, embarrassingly, the late Nelson Mandela was on the no-fly list, along with South Africa’s foreign minister, and also Stephen F. Hayes, the Weekly Standard columnist — not to mention my innocent nephew.