Even in Tragedy, Support the 2nd Amendment
Thanks to irresponsible and downright evil people the pressure is on...in Washington D.C. and every state capital...to "reign in" gun rights. Because of the actions of a few, the many must agree--or at least capitulate--to demands to limit 2nd Amendment rights. However, there is no legitimacy to a process that seeks to use the legislature to deny a citizen a right he would never lose in court, even in the echo chamber of hysterical anti-gun rhetoric. However, in the arena of politics you do not need to present evidence that meets the 5th and 14th Amendment definition of "due process of law." You don't need to meet the legal "burden of production." You do not need any evidence to meet the legal "burden of persuasion" or "burden of proof." Heck, you do not even need to overcome reasonable doubt. You simply need to convince individual legislators that they can determine an individual's guilt on the basis of behavior committed by someone else or the subjective opinion of what someone thinks they might do. Shame on our elected officials who fall for it.
We must fiercely be on guard to prevent these gross violations of our rights, especially in the face of tragedy. The 2nd Amendment to the United States Constitution states the right to keep and bear arms “shall not be infringed.” The 5th Amendment states that no person shall be “deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law…” To deny a citizen’s right to keep and bear arms--even through the seemingly legitimate legislative process--is to deny them liberty. We should not surrender our rights—any rights—as citizens because someone else abused theirs