President Obama was at a town hall meeting in Elkhart, Indiana this week when he proposed taking away the Constitutionally guaranteed gun rights of American citizens based on their browser history. Seriously. Obama complained that there are American citizens who have gone on ISIS websites and yet they are still allowed to buy a gun. And on that basis – going on a website – Obama proposes taking away an American citizen’s right to own a gun. Oddly, he doesn’t propose taking away their right to free speech or religion or their right to vote. He is singularly focused on the second amendment.
Now let’s think about this for just a second. Trust me, it won’t take more than that. Obama is transparently trying to tie a gun ban to radical Islamic terrorism – a term he refuses even to say. But just as a thought experiment, let’s play along with him. Let’s say that the Feds are tracking American citizens who have been radicalized by visiting an ISIS website. What good would a gun ban do? They could simply buy the guns illegally, steal them, or use a straw purchaser as the San Bernardino shooters did for 2 of the guns they used. Someone bent of jihad isn’t going to rethink their life choices based on Obama’s gun ban.
What is more, his proposal deprives an American citizen of due process. They would be deprived of a basic constitutional right without every being charged with or convicted of any crime. No, his proposal is aimed a law abiding U.S. citizens. It is a smokescreen to chip away at gun rights and establish the principle that the federal government can ban citizens who committed no crime from owning guns. It’s a system in which the federal government decides who can and cannot own a gun – and it’s unconstitutional.
The Left has long wanted to outlaw private gun ownership but they have been stymied for decades by Constitution, the people, and the Supreme Court. The Second Amendment actually means what it says. But they have a new strategy which amounts to banning guns piecemeal. It’s an old adage in action: How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.
So the Left, with Obama, Clinton, Sanders, and all of their cronies on board, has embarked on an orchestrated plan to take bites out of our gun rights. Little bites, big bites, but most of all, lots and lots of bites, until our second amendment rights are gone. Taken in isolation some of their rules sound almost – almost – reasonable. But they’re not and they strike at the foundation of the constitutional order that guarantees our liberty.
Here is a quote from Obama’s speech at the town hall meeting:
“I just came from a meeting, today, in the situation room, in which I’ve got people who we know have been on ISIL websites living here in the United States — US citizens. And we’re allowed to put them on the no fly list when it comes to airlines, but because of the National Rifle Association I cannot prohibit those people from buying guns!
This is somebody who is a known ISIL sympathizer, and if he wants to walk into a gun store or a gun show right now, and buy as many weapons and ammo as he can, nothing’s prohibiting him from doing that, even though the FBI knows who that person is.”