Story originally by Griffin Neal:
The Left wants to take away the freedom of speech. They don’t want you to have access to legal counsel in court. The Left even seeks to enforce the Quartering of our military in your homes. Now is any of this true? No, not at all.
Publicly, they want to inflict radical change upon the 2nd Amendment, and they don’t care if they have to walk all over the 5th amendment to do it. But before I begin, let me expound on what I describe as the Left. When I say the Left, I mean elected officials. I mean congressmen and women, appointed officials, and even notable media outlets such as Vox. I don’t mean your crazy uncle Tim, who posts constant and anarchical Facebook status updates calling for a socialist Utopia, and the complete and total forbiddance of guns. But anyways, back to our rights.
The gun control lobby has called for a plethora of changes to the 2nd Amendment. Moderate Democrats have sought increased background checks for gun purchasers, while more leftist Democrats have called for a ban on all ‘assault weapons’ and a ban on all gun purchases if one’s name appears on the government’s ‘No-Fly’ list.
While this a seemingly logical response to the recent and horrific mass shootings, it has one major issue: it’s inherently unconstitutional. The No Fly list is purely an arbitrary list, comprised solely of ‘suspects’ or ‘persons of interest’ to the United States government. So why is the left-wing plea for revocation of 2nd Amendment rights of those on the list unconstitutional? Because of this little thing called the 5th Amendment, more specifically the due process clause.
Per the Cornell Law School Legal Information Institute:
“The guarantee of due process for all citizens requires the government to respect all rights, guarantees, and protections afforded by the U.S. Constitution and all applicable statutes before the government can deprive a person of life, liberty, or property. The due process virtually guarantees that a party will receive a fundamentally fair, orderly, and just judicial proceeding.While the 5th Amendment only applies to the federal government, the identical text in the 14th Amendment explicitly applies this due process requirement to the states as well.”
By nullifying the 2nd Amendment rights of those on the No-Fly list, the US Government would be blurring the line between suspect and criminal. Taking this action would set a whole new, and calamitous, precedent within in our nation’s legal landscape. It would validate the thought process of “guilty until proven innocent,” and would do serious damage to the criminal justice system in America.
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