“Due process is what’s killing us, right now,” said Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) on Thursday. Joining left-wing MSNBC's Morning Joe to imply that due process should be eroded, he was praised by the show's hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski.
“The problem we have, and really the firewall that we have right now is due process. It’s all due process,” said Manchin. The FBI “did everything they could,” added Manchin, absolving the agency of any negligence in its failure to prevent Sunday’s Islamic terrorist attack in Orlando.
“Can’t we say that if a person’s under suspicion, there should be a 5-year period of time that we have to see if good behavior, if this person continues the same traits? Maybe we can come to that type of an agreement.”
No challenge was forthcoming from any of Morning Joe’s panelists.
Casting Sunday’s attack as a function of the Second Amendment, Brzezinski described it as a “mass shooting” while omitting Omar Mateen’s religious and ideological motivations.
Brzezinski and Sam Stein of The Huffington Post linked Sunday’s attack to the mass murder in Sandy Hook, deliberately opting not to link it to domestic Islamic terrorist attacks such as those in Fort Hood, Chattanooga, or San Bernardino, or those abroad such as in London, Paris, Brussels, Mumbai or Beslan.
Pushing rhetoric and talking points from the left and their Democratic Party, Brzezinski called for “closing the terror gap.” Second Amendment rights, implied Brzezinski, should be abdicated for those on federal terrorism watch and no-fly lists.
“90% of Americans,” claimed Scarborough, agreed with “sensible background checks” to “keep guns out of the hands of terrorists.”
“In West Virginia, we say no-fly, no-buy,” claiming that West Virginians use this phrase to call for Second Amendment rights to be suspended without due process for persons on either the federal terrorism watch or no-fly lists. “It wasn’t gun control,” added Manchin, describing the left-wing and Democratic proposal as closing a “loophole.”
Scarborough presented the left-wing proposal as amounting to nothing beyond “[keeping] guns out the hands of terrorists, [keeping] guns out of the hands of domestic abusers, [and keeping] guns out of the hands of future murderers.” Unaware that automatic firearms are prohibited by federal law, he added that terrorists sought to purchase them at gun shows.
No challenge from any panelists was put forth regarding how such a proposal would necessarily violate the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.
“I come from a gun culture state. I understand it. There’s nobody who’s gonna protect the Second Amendment rights more than myself,” adding that Scarborough “comes from the same type of culture.”
"We're not taking [guns]. We're not attacking [the Second Amendment]," said Manchin.
Voting for a repeal of the First Amendment in September of 2012, Manchin joined all of his Democrat colleagues in the Senate to empower Congress to regulate political speech and expression.
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