President Trump shocked a lot of conservatives on Wednesday, when he apparently voiced his support for gun confiscation without due process. The POTUS expressed his opinion about confiscating guns from “dangerous individuals”, due process be damned. Here’s the quote:
“I like taking the guns early, like in this crazy man’s case that just took place in Florida … to go to court would have taken a long time. Take the guns first, go through due process second”
These comments were made in response to Vice President Pence saying that local law enforcement and families should have more options when it comes to reporting dangerous individuals with guns. Pence has said:
Allow due process so no one’s rights are trampled, but the ability to go to court, obtain an order and then collect not only the firearms but any weapons”
President Trump’s response was:
“Or, Mike, take the firearms first, and then go to court. A lot of people are saying ‘oh you shouldn’t be saying that.But I don’t want mentally ill people having guns.”
WATCH: President Trump: "I like taking the guns early … Take the guns first, go through due process second." pic.twitter.com/aydEZdAGq0
— NBC News (@NBCNews) February 28, 2018
The Donald did not comment on how can you determine certain individuals to be dangerous, thus having their guns confiscated without due process, and it’s unclear who would be trusted with making that decision. The POTUS also expressed his support for improved federal background checks for weapons purchases.
Now correct me if I’m wrong, but if Obama had claimed the right to confiscate guns without due process, the Articles of Impeachment would be written by nightfall. Here’s a statement made by a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Ben Sasse respectively, with regard to Trump’s shocking comments on Wednesday:
Strong leaders don’t automatically agree with the last thing that was said to them. We have the Second and due process of low for a reason. We’re not ditching any Constitutional protections simply because the last person the President talked to today doesn’t like them.”
How about enforcing the existing laws in the books and hold government accountable for failures?That punk in Florida or the Texas church shooter ,neither of them should have been legally allowed to purchase a firearm; yet through government failure to follow the laws in the books, they got guns.
According to the Constitution, you cannot be relieved of life, liberty or property without due process of law. Therefore, the government can’ t seize your guns without first giving you due process of law. Seizing guns within itself would violate the second Amendment and denying due process would just compound the problem.