While I NEVER voted for Barack Obama, I admit that I helped elect him TWICE because I refused to vote for RINOS McCain (2008) and Romney (2012). Sadly, I find that I may be facing that conundrum once again.
It’s no secret to anyone who reads this blog that I consider Hillary Clinton more dangerous to the principles on which this country was founded than Obama is, or ever was. The idea that I may help her ascend to the presidency makes me both ill and angry at the same time.
The news that Donald Trump may side with the Democrat gun grabbers and agree to use the “No Fly” or “Terror Watch List” as a means of “gun control” is the single most disturbing thing to come out of his campaign.
I agree with the basic premise that anyone suspected of terrorist ties or proclivities to do harm, the mentally ill, domestic abuse perpetrators, and convicted non-violent felons, should NEVER be able to purchase firearms. But is the “No Fly” list the right vehicle to accomplish this? I think not and I’ll tell you why.
As I have said in my bio; I have sworn the oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same”, so many times that I have lost count.
I believe that the 2nd Amendment:
1. Confers an INDIVIDUAL right to keep and bear arms, and
2. It is an inalienable right that can never be infringed upon for ANY reason, and
3. Was fundamental in the founding of this country, and is fundamental to America’s future by securing our rights as a free people “against all enemies, foreign and domestic“.
I also believe in the inalienable right of “Due Process”.
“Due Process” has been a mainstay for free people for the last 800 years. The Magna Carta Libertatum (Latin for “the Great Charter of the Liberties”), commonly called Magna Carta , clause 39 states:
No free man shall be seized or imprisoned, or stripped of his rights or possessions, or outlawed or exiled, or deprived of his standing in any other way, nor will we proceed with force against him, or send others to do so, except by the lawful judgment of his equals or by the law of the land.
English speaking people knew in 1215 that this was a foundational cornerstone to the preservation of ALL of the peoples rights and liberties. The Magna Carta led to the adoption of the 5th and 14th Amendments of the U.S. Constitution 500 years later.
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
…No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
The “No Fly” or “Terror Watch List” has no means to appeal a decision to put an American citizen on it. If it is used, in its present form, as a means of “gun control” then it will be a clear violation of EVERY American’s, gun owner or not, right to “Due Process”! It’s just that simple.
The government has already declared that American’s have no constitutionally protected right to fly on an aircraft, much like they insist we have no “right” to drive on highways. However, denying an American due process to appeal the denial of their 2nd Amendment right is a clear violation of our Constitution.
I am not a particular fan of Donald Trump but he is clearly the preferred alternative to Clinton or Sanders for ANYONE who cherishes the U.S. Constitution.
Trump has been endorsed by the NRA and by many American on the basis of his promise to fight ANY infringement of our 2nd Amendment rights.
Why then is he siding with the Democrats on adopting the “No Fly” list as the chosen tool for gun control that will, in its present form, deny all Americans their “Due Process” rights?
If Donald Trump proceeds down this road he will NOT get my vote in November. PERIOD!