First up will be the more staid, lawyerly post of Judge Andrew Napolitano writing over at Townhall entitled No Fly, No Buy Means No Freedom. Even Grassley's amendment to the bill is not enough due process, but at least it meets Napolitano's criteria of having to come into court and proving to a judge that you should be kept from buying a gun. The problem is that you still have to hire an attorney to give your side of the case and dispute the prosecutors. That Democrats don't even want to be bothered with this amount of due process says they just want the guns, and don't give them any lip over it.
When Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence that we are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights and when the inalienability of our rights was codified in the first 10 amendments to the Constitution, the United States was wedded to the Judeo-Christian principle that our rights stem from our humanity. This was expressly recognized recently by the Supreme Court in District of Columbia v. Heller, in which it held that the right to keep and bear arms is a fundamental personal right, not a gift of the government to a group.
A fundamental personal right is the natural ability of individuals to make meaningful choices without a government permission slip. May the government ever interfere with fundamental rights? The short answer is yes. The longer answer is that it can only do so if it can demonstrate a compelling governmental interest -- served by the least restrictive means, and only after due process.
Stated differently, if the government wants to silence your speech or deny you the right to self-defense, it must meet a very high burden in a public courtroom. It must demonstrate to a judge and jury that its need to silence or disarm you is compelling, and its goals may not be attained by any lesser means. Americans need not demonstrate a compelling need to speak or bear arms; the government must demonstrate a compelling need to prevent us from doing so.Emhpasis is mine.
Now, recall how Obama kept saying that no one wants to take away your guns. Obviously a lie. Which brings us to the other post today by Kurt Schlicter enitled They will never lie away our God given rights. While I look at some of this as political theatre, designed to rev up their base because, let's face it. Hillary is just not that exciting, this sort of lying makes me want to go out a buy an AR-15 even if I have no use for one.
On June 20, 2016, this mainstream media maven tweeted, “Guns don't kill people. The gun lobby does.”
This is a lie.
Sen. Chris Murphy, Democrat of Connecticut, is also a liar. On June 20, 2016, after voting against Sen. John Cornyn’s bill to bar persons on terrorist watch lists from buying weapons because it contained due process protections for such people, he said, “We’ve got to make this clear, constant case that Republicans have decided to sell weapons to ISIS.”
This is also a lie.
These men are liars. And liberals have chosen to celebrate their lies.
Schlicter goes on to state that:
Now, it is generally good policy to attribute false statements to stupidity instead of malice. It is very easy to unintentionally say something that is untrue, whether because of haste, ignorance, or a simple brain-mouth discombobulation. But standard issue stupidity does not explain these statements. They are simply too transcendently false to be mere error. In fact, as Murphy admits, they are deliberate attempts to achieve a political result that liberals cannot achieve through honesty.
They are lies. Conscious, deliberate lies offered not by some random idiot on the street but the senior political columnist at National Journal and by a sitting United States senator. Their provenance as planned prevarications is beyond debate. As a matter of objective reality, the “gun lobby” has never killed anyone. It has never murdered even 1/49th the number of people the adherent of the radical branch of The Religion That Must Not Be Named did in one night in Orlando. Nor have the Senate Republicans ever decided to sell a single weapon to ISIS. We normal people have a word for such inaccurate statements made knowing they are inaccurate. That word is “lie.”And the worst of it is that some in the Republican party are doing the Democrats' bidding. Susan Collins and Kelly Ayotte have a "compromise" that would take away our rights, and as "due process" demand that we on our own initiative, and at our own expense, would have to prove to Government that we are indeed worthy to have these rights. Talk about a reversal of the burden of proof. They would turn God given rights into Government issued privileges. And all of this because an unknown and unelected bureaucrat placed your name on a secret list. What is to prevent them from placing all the names of NRA members on the list?. And even by the Democrats' own admission, "No Fly, No Buy" would have done nothing to stop any of the mass shootings.
Update: This from the WaPo Gun control backers are really really sick of playing nice to which David Codrea over at the War on Guns writes "Us too." Heh.