The recent terrorist attack in Orlando caused Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) to flashback to his frustrating exchange with a Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. The exchange highlighted the fact that DHS put people on the no-fly list, and want to deny those same people the right to buy firearms. The challenge for Mr. Gowdy is the DHS is unwilling to share how someone ends up on the no-fly list and what rights the American citizen has to defend themselves before being put on the list.
According to The Blaze:
To combat the common liberal call for gun control that follows terror attacks, Gowdy reminded a confused Burriesci that the right of every U.S. citizen to own a firearm is affirmed in the Constitution, and that there’s a certain “process” that takes place before that right is stripped.
“What process is currently afforded an American citizen before they go on that list?” Gowdy said.
Burriesci denied that such a process exists. She casually added, however, that those who “feel that they are unduly placed on that list” can just “petition the government” to be removed.
“Yes, there is,” Gowdy contended. “When I say ‘process,’ I’m actually using half of the term ‘due process,’ which is a phrase we find in the Constitution.”
“Can you name another Constitutional right that is chilled until you find out it is chilled, and then you have to petition the government to get it back?” he continued.
“Sir, there are strict criteria before anybody … Burriesci began.
“That is not my question,” Gowdy interjected. “My question is what process is afforded a United States citizen before that person’s Constitutional right is infringed?”
He then asked if there is another Constitutional right that receives the same treatment commonly used to deny citizens their Second Amendment rights.
“Can you think of one?”
“I don’t have an answer for you, sir,” Burriesci said.
It’s easy to see why Mr. Gowdy remembers this exchange in light of Orlando. The DHS is focused on removing all threats to the U.S. government and wants to use the Orlando shooting as further justification to do an end-around the Second Amendment by taking guns away from lawful citizens without due process by adding them to the no-fly list.
For anyone who thought this administration was anything other than authoritarian and totalitarian, they are reminded of their ill-intent with their recent exploitation of the Orlando shooting.
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You can watch the exchange below: