“What the Democrats are really saying is, ‘Because this restricts gun rights, we don’t give a shit. And before, to be honest, the Republicans and most of the Democrats would say, ‘Because this is related to terrorism, we don’t give a shit.’ I’m disgusted with them all.”
— California lawyer and former federal prosecutor Ken White, the erudite, occasionally vulgar, clear-eyed and courageous head blogger at Popehat, sparing no venom in describing the current push by Democrats to allow the government to remove a citizen’s Second Amendment rights based on suspicion only.
Thank heaven, not for the first time, for the great Ken White. I had just turned off CNN this morning in an effort (successful!) to keep my head from exploding after watching CNN’s Alisyn Camerota, David Gregory and others disgrace themselves; they were all calling the unconstitutional bill allowing the Feds to take away the right to purchase a gun of those the FBI has placed on the “no-fly list,” now being supported by Democratic Senators Diane Feinstein of California, Chris Murphy of Connecticut and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, “mild,” and “reasonable,” while noting that “some conservatives” had raised “due process concerns.” Really? Those bloodthirsty, gay-hating, child-hating, gun-worshiping conservatives think that allowing the government to remove Constitutional right unilaterally based on their suspicion alone violates the Fifth Amendment? What’s the matter with them?
Then, just in time, as I felt a deep ominous, rumbling inside my skull that reminded me of Sensurround, I read Ken’s bullseye of a quote, which came in an interview and not in a Popehat blog post, here.
This is the rest of Ken’s comments to the Washington Examiner:
“The huge due process concern is about limiting any constitutional right based on what amounts to an arbitrary, mostly unreviewable, mostly secret, frequently clearly incompetent list of people. It’s hard to imagine a bigger due process violation.The list is notoriously full of people who have done nothing at all. It really doesn’t matter what right [the list is] being used to deny, whether it’s the right to bear arms, the right trial or any other right. It’s the government putting you on a list according to secret justification that they won’t share. When you try to challenge it in court, the litigation drags on for years. The secrecy procedures will deny you information about why you’re on the list, and it’s very rare to be taken off. If you do manage that, it’s only after years of litigation, effort and money..Imagine a list like that being used to deny someone the right to speak, or the right to vote or anything like that.”
“Either stupid or dishonest to be saying it. There is no rational basis to believe that a list restricting any right based on this list is going to be treated any differently.”
Thanks. Ken. I thank you, my head thanks you, and the Founders thank you.