Trey Gowdy perfectly illustrated government overreach while grilling a DHS official on due process. The argument against not allowing people randomly put on the government’s no-fly list to purchase firearms? Trey Gowdy just made it in the best way possible…
“What process is afforded a United States citizen before that person’s Constitutional right is infringed. That [The President] is fine with doing it with the Second Amendment. My question is, how about the First? How about we not let them set up a website, or a Google account? How about we not let them join a church until they petition Government to get off the list? How about not get a lawyer? How about the 6th amendment? How about you can’t get a lawyer until you petition the government to get off the list? Or my favorite, how about the 8th amendment? We’re going to subject you to cruel and unusual punishment until you petition the government to get off the list? Is there another Constitutional right that we treat the same way for American citizens than we do the Second Amendment? Can you think of one?”
There’s an uncomfortable pause.
“Can you think of one?”
Finally, a response from Obama’s DHS official…
“I don’t have an answer for you, sir.”
Trey Gowdy made a phenomenal point about the Second Amendment without having to argue. Which, if you’ve ever had the misfortune of arguing with a leftist, is a great way of making your point. Make a leftist defend why they support anything by asking questions. Put them on defense exactly as Gowdy did here. He didn’t get on a soapbox, he didn’t tell her she was an idiot (well, not overtly), he didn’t call her a racist, sexist, bigot, homophobe. He asked her what other Amendments a citizen would have to petition the government for to get back. It brilliantly illuminated how government abuses people’s Second Amendment rights and the slippery slope which could lead to the restriction of the other rights (related DHS Shocker: Obama Admin Gutted Program Tracking San Bernardino Shooter’s Mosque).
Plus, he made her look like a moron without calling her a moron. Tact.
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