After the San Bernardino terrorist attack, Obama and the Democrats fought to strip gun rights from Americans without due process of law.
During a Congressional hearing, Trey Gowdy created a viral video sensation where he reduced an Obama bureaucrat to a bumbling mess by destroying Obama’s policy of trashing the Second Amendment.
Now that Obama has resurrected his push to restrict gun rights without due process, Gowdy once again shared the video that made him an internet sensation.
Department of Homeland Security Deputy Assistant Secretary, Kelli Ann Burriesci, had the misfortune of having to appear before Gowdy’s committee and explain why the Obama administration believes due process does not apply to Americans suspected of being on the terrorist watch list.
It did not go well for her.
The Blaze reports on their exchange:
“What process is currently afforded an American citizen before they go on that list?” Gowdy said.
Burriesci denied that such a process exists. She casually added, however, that those who “feel that they are unduly placed on that list” can just “petition the government” to be removed.
“Yes, there is,” Gowdy contended. “When I say ‘process,’ I’m actually using half of the term ‘due process,’ which is a phrase we find in the Constitution.”
“Can you name another constitutional right that is chilled until you find out it is chilled, and then you have to petition the government to get it back?” he continued.
“Sir, there are strict criteria before anybody … “Burriesci began.
“That is not my question,” Gowdy interjected. “My question is what process is afforded a United States citizen before that person’s constitutional right is infringed?”
He then asked if there is another Constitutional right that receives the same treatment commonly used to deny citizens their Second Amendment rights.
“Can you think of one?”
“I don’t have an answer for you sir,” Burriesci said.
You can watch the video, which Gowdy reposted to his Facebook page, and read why he thinks this debate is so important, below.
The terrorist watch list is a secret database the government keeps of individuals suspected of terrorist ties.
But the list has swelled to over one million names, including tens of thousands of Americans.
And while hundreds of thousands of names have been added to this list, only around 16,000 are removed annually – and at the government’s discretion.
When Americans are added to the list, they cannot contest it.
And the process by which one can petition their way off of the database is long and difficult.
Allowing Obama to strip the Second Amendment rights of Americans without due process of law would be one of the most flagrant power-grabs during Obama’s two terms in office.
And as Trey Gowdy has proven, Democrats can’t even defend their proposal without losing their composure and turning into total basket-cases.