Democratic Senator: Constitutional Protection Of Due Process “Is Killing Us Right Now”Screen Shot 2016-06-16 at 4.57.13 PM
A U.S. Senator bemoaned Thursday morning that the constitutional protection of Due Process which is stated in both the Fifth and Fourteenth amendments of the Constitution is “killing us right now.”
Democratic West Virginia Senator, Joe Manchin said on the “Morning Joe” show on MSNBC that the right to due process is the reason why he can’t pass gun control legislation that would deny people on the FBI’s terror watch list the right to purchase a firearm.
“The firewall we have right now is due process,” he complained. “It’s all due process. We can all say we want the same thing, but how do we get there?”
Since the Orlando terrorist attack, Democrats have been calling for legislation that would deny people on the FBI’s terror watch list the ability to purchase a gun.
Manchin mentioned that the FBI interviewed the Orlando terrorist twice in the past, but could not be kept on a government list because of a lack of evidence showing that he was a threat.
“They did everything they could, 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,” he said.
“So can’t we say if a person is under suspicion, there should be a five year period of time that we have to see if [there’s] good behavior, to see if this person continues the same traits?” he asked. “Maybe we can come to that kind of an agreement. But due process is what’s killing us now.”