Congressional Democrats Clueless on Gun Bills – The Weekly Standard
Congressional Democrats emerged from the Capitol building Thursday afternoon from their 25-hour long “sit-in” in the House of Representatives sleepy but satisfied with what they’d accomplished. They may not have secured a vote on gun control legislation they were demanding in the wake of the Orlando terror attack, but they had grabbed headlines across the media that portrayed the their gun control ploy as a historic civil rights crusade. To the tune of “We Shall Overcome,” members of the Democratic caucus sang outside the Capitol: “We shall pass a bill, some day.”
But there was a glaring flaw in the gun-control-as-civil-rights narrative: The ACLU had condemned the Democrats’ top gun control initiative as antithetical to constitutional rights to due process. The Democratic proposal to allow the attorney general to ban the transfer of a firearm to any person suspected of terrorism relied on a standard that is “vague and overbroad, which raises significant concerns about arbitrary and discriminatory government action,” according to a letter from the ACLU.
The left-leaning civil liberties organization further said of the measure sponsored by Senator Dianne Feinstein of California: “With respect to remedial procedures and judicial review, the amendment does not ensure basic due process protections.” Although the Democratic amendment would not rely solely on an American citizen’ presence on a terrorism watch list as the basis for denying a gun to that person, the ACLU expressed concern it would likely create a “new ‘watchlist’ broader than any that currently exists—in fact, so broad that It would include even persons long ago cleared of any wrongdoing by law enforcement.”
When the ACLU is reprimanding Democrats, you know the Dems have really gone off the reservation.
On a more serious note, watch what the Democrats do moving forward with gun control at both the State and Federal level. The new trick they’re using is to implement laws that tie gun ownership to a subjective standard. If you’re on the no-fly list, you can’t buy a gun. If you’re on the terrorist watch list, you can’t buy a gun. If you’ve been diagnosed with mental illness, you can’t buy a gun. Now, in an honest, decent world with honest, decent politicians, these laws would make sense. But we have neither. All three of these conditions are subjective. The FBI/DHS can put you on either of those lists for any reason (and they have). Millions of people have mild issues with their mental health.
What if you’re a conservative who confesses to a psychologist that you’re extremely concerned, even paranoid that the Federal Government appears to have been weaponized against people of his beliefs. Suddenly that individual has PPD (Paranoid Personality Disorder), is reported to the State Health Board and days later, a sheriff arrives at his front door to take his guns away. This is not hyperbole, it’s already happening to our veterans.