Gun Grab 3.0
It’s that time again. Another senseless mass shooting, this time by jihadists in San Bernadino, has prompted the powers that be to focus on legal gun sales instead of the real problem. Guns are a sexy target for the left. Many actually believe the siren’s call of the firearm turns good people bad. More dangerous, however, are those that fear law-abiding citizens with the ability to defend themselves. They see us as the bad guys because they find it difficult to bend us to their will.
So, as could have easily been predicted, President Obama is pushing executive action on guns. I’ll be honest, these actions are small ball. He essentially clarified the gray area between private sales and dealer sales of firearms…maybe. That’s the one everyone is focused on. I’m more worried about the changes in reporting mental health issues.
Sounds good, right? Make it easier to report those who have had mental health problems so they can’t get guns. Well, there’s this little thing called the 5th Amendment, specifically this part of it:
“…nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law…”
You can’t just go to your doctor, tell him you’re feeling blue and then have your guns taken. The government must show in a court of law that you are a danger to yourself or others and then and only then can they ask that your right to won a gun be taken from you. That’s due process. But many seem to be fine with denying citizens their Constitutional rights based on the fact you were prescribed Xanax ten years ago after you pet cat died.
There’s talk about denying people their 2nd Amendment rights because they are on the no fly list or a terror watch list even if they’ve committed no crimes and have no convictions. I get it. They must be bad to be on those lists, right? Not only are those lists filled with names that don’t belong there (I knew a guy that was on the list because he shared his name with a member if the IRA), but the government can’t simply suspect you of a crime and deny you rights. They must prove it in a court of law. Hell, they don’t even inform you if you’ve been placed on the list so you can appeal!
Anyway, I don’t support the President’s actions and neither should you. Executive action is usually contrary to the intent of the Founding Fathers. It’s supposed to be hard for the government to get stuff done. But what the media tells us is the story isn’t always. Watch for the slight of hand, the end around or the sneak attack. While we’re worried about having to get an FFL for selling of a few guns, the ATF might be focused on something far more damaging.
As always, stay vigilant, my friends.