Forget due process, because according to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, it rests on Americans to “prove their innocence” if they desire to purchase a firearm.
“The argument that many of your Republican colleagues have made about [the terror watch list] is that there is still the potential that people who are innocent are on a watch list and they would be prevented from buying a gun,” PBS host Judy Woodruff said during a discussion with Feinstein last week.
“Well, (ha), then you can petition and prove that you’re innocent and get off of the watch list,” Feinstein flippantly replied.
Except that according to the Latin maxim “semper necessitas probandi incumbit ei qui agit,” or “the necessity of proof always lies with the person who lays charges,” placing someone on the terror watch list without first proving his guilt would be a violation of his right to due process.
This brings us to a bill proposed by Feinstein that “would effectively strip away the 2nd Amendment rights of any Americans wrongfully placed on the terror watch list, flipping on its head the essential concept of ‘innocent until proven guilty,’” according to The Daily Wire.
Who needs due process, right?
— Tim Bruno (@brunota2003) June 17, 2016
Due process happens to be the very foundation for the American justice system, as it prevents the state from condemning someone out of mere suspicion.
“This throws centuries of Western progress on human rights out the window and establishes a draconian police state where guilt is presumed by virtue of suspicion,” The Libertarian Republic contributor Keith Farrell wrote in regard to Feinstein’s bill.
He added, “This bill is tyranny writ large and the authoritarians like Feinstein are practically drooling over it.”
Thankfully, Feinstein’s bill failed to pass in the Senate this Monday; but the fact that Obama reportedly feels “profoundly frustrated” over this suggests that perhaps another executive order from Dear Leader might be on its way …