On Thursday, West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin let the leftist mask slip, and admitted that he believes “due process” is the true threat to America’s security. “Due process is what’s killing us right now,” said Manchin. “The FBI did everything they were supposed to do. But there was no way to keep him on the nix list or keep him off the gun-buy list, there was no way to do that.”

That ain’t true.

Not remotely.

In April, Disney World called the FBI to inform them that the Orlando jihadist had visited to scope the place for a terror attack. In May, a gun store refused to sell bulk ammo to the Orlando jihadist after he asked to buy abnormal body armor, then whipped out his phone and began jabbering in Arabic.

The FBI’s response: nothing.

But the Democrats say that the FBI should be given the power to arbitrarily place people on a terror watch list, and thereby deprive them of their Second Amendment rights – five years beyond their removal from the terror watch list.

This is idiocy. But this is the idiotic choice America has made: instead of utilizing basic common sense in policing, we’ve decided to remove everybody’s rights. Because here’s the truth: if the Orlando jihadist had decided to sue the gun shop instead of shooting up a gay nightclub, the left would have sided with him. In fact, they did: last November, the left lost its mind when a judge tossed a lawsuit against a gun shop that refused to sell guns to Muslims. That man was a bigot! A horror! Unless, of course, he’d sold a gun to a Muslim terrorist. Then he’d be the problem.

Today, even after the Orlando terrorist attack, the left continues to maintain its focus on fighting “Islamophobia”: in Boston, someone called the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority after spotting two Muslims praying on a platform. They turned out not to be terrorists. Here’s how The Boston Herald reported the incident:

Two people believed to be Muslims praying on an MBTA platform triggered a rapid response from heavily armed transit cops yesterday morning and immediately sparked a debate about when “see something, say something” vigilance can infringe on religious freedoms. “It’s really up to the person who makes the initial report to make a report based on actual evidence and an actual suspicion and not on prejudice and stereotyping,” said Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Washington D.C.-based Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization.

CAIR, by the way, is an unindicted co-conspirator in the trial of a charity linked to 9/11 terrorists.

Concerns about “Islamophobia” drive policy. Today, Bill Gertz reported at the Washington Free Beacon that a “new Department of Homeland Security report urges rejecting use of Islamic terms such as ‘jihad’ and ‘sharia’ in programs aimed at countering terrorist radicalization among American youth.” Phillip Haney, formerly of the Department of Homeland Security, wrote this year that in 2009, he was told to scrub “several hundred records of individuals tied to designated Islamist terror groups like Hamas from the important federal database, the Treasury Enforcement Communications System (TECS).” Muslims were scrubbed specifically because they were Muslims, Haney reported.

This means that Muslim terrorists slide through the cracks. They kill Americans. And then we’re told that government has done its best, and they’ll just have to violate all of our rights in order to stop terrorism.

They haven’t done their best. They’ve ignored the truth about radical Islam, and in doing so, they’ve endangered Americans. Now they will endanger your right to bear arms because they don’t have the intestinal fortitude or moral clarity to recognize that radical Islam must be monitored far more heavily than gun sales.