Letter to the editor: Gun rights and the U.S. Constitution

At first pass, it seems reasonable to deny gun ownership to any person who is listed on the government’s “Terror Watch List” or “No-Fly List.”

But, you begin to wonder: “Who decides what names should go on these lists?  And, upon what evidence is this decision made?  And who corroborates this evidence.”

We must not forget that under the U.S. Constitution, American citizens are considered “innocent” until proven “guilty” in a court of law by a jury of their peers.  That is one of the things that set us apart from all other forms of government.

No government official should have the right to be the judge, jury and executioner . . . Not even the president of the United States.  And yet, that is exactly what is being proposed by President Obama and Democrats in Congress.  And now, we are being told that Donald Trump and Bill O’Reilly are also considering this proposal.

Anyone who has ever had to deal with the government in getting a mistake corrected can attest to how difficult (or almost impossible) that process is.  Every day we hear reports about tax refunds and pension checks being mailed to people who have been dead for years.  And dead people continue to vote in several states – most recently in California.

So if your name was mistakenly put on one of these list and your guns were confiscated by the government, your chances of getting the mistake corrected and having your guns returned in a timely manner is “zero.”  They are not about to change their mind without a lengthy investigation.  And even if you have hired the best defense attorneys to represent you, the government bureaucracy moves at a snail’s pace.  Two examples are the Veteran Administration’s Hospital scandals and the Internal Revenue’s “targeting of conservatives” scandal – nothing’s been resolved to date.

How much personal freedom are you willing to surrender to the government?  Allowing the CIA to fire a missile from an unmanned aircraft to kill a suspected terrorist is one thing – at least that “suspect” was not a U.S. citizen and was said to be an enemy combatant in a time of war.  But when we start directing punitive attacks against our own citizens, based on some unidentified government official’s presumption that you are guilty . . . we have gone too far.

What would prevent someone from adding your name to the list for no other reason than to confiscate your guns?

This is just one more assault on our personal freedoms, and most certainly an infringement upon “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms” which is guaranteed by the Second Amendment of the Constitution.

You must understand, the government will not be satisfied until all guns have been confiscated from private citizens.  This proposal, as reasonable as it may sound, is just one more step toward disarming all citizens.  And it is one of the first steps, as history has proven, toward a totalitarian government.

This government assault on our personal freedoms must be stopped now.  Tell all your family and friends to let their voices be heard – contact your elected representatives in Washington, D.C., and tell them to vote against any infringement upon our rights to gun ownership – and – stop this insanity of political correctness that is destroying all common-sense thinking.

And do not forget to pray.  God said, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”  (2 Chronicles 7:14)