The Left has been accusing the Bush Administration of trampling Americans’ Constitutional rights with little basis for some time. So, what do you know? Alberto Gonzalez, the Attorney General currently considerably under fire from the Left, really is trying an Constitutional endrun.
The Second Amendment Foundation yesterday issued this press release:
Attorney General Alberto Gonzalesâ€™ troubling support of legislation that would allow him and future attorneys general the arbitrary power to block firearms purchases without due process is cause for him to step down as the nationâ€™s highest ranking law enforcement officer, the Second Amendment Foundation said today.
The bill, S. 1237, was introduced last week at the Justice Departmentâ€™s request by Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), one of the most extreme anti-gunners in Congress. Called the â€œDenying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act of 2007,â€ this legislation would give the Attorney General discretionary authority to deny the purchase of a firearm or the issuance of a firearm license or permit because of some vague suspicion that an American citizen may be up to no good.
â€œThis bill,â€ said SAF founder Alan Gottlieb, â€œraises serious concerns about how someone becomes a â€˜suspected terrorist.â€™ Nobody has explained how one gets their name on such a list, and worse, nobody knows how to get oneâ€™s name off such a list.
â€œThe process by which someone may appeal the Attorney Generalâ€™s arbitrary denial seems weak at best,â€ Gottlieb suggested, â€œand there is a greater concern. When did we decide as a nation that it is a good idea to give a cabinet member the power to deny someoneâ€™s constitutional right simply on suspicion, without a trial or anything approaching due process?
â€œWeâ€™re not surprised that General Gonzales has found an agreeable sponsor in Frank Lautenberg,â€ Gottlieb observed. â€œThe senator from New Jersey has never seen a restrictive gun control scheme he did not immediately embrace, and S. 1237 is loaded with red flags. It would allow an appointed bureaucrat the authority to suspend or cancel someoneâ€™s Second Amendment right without even being charged with a crime.
â€œAttorney General Gonzales has no business asking for that kind of power over any tenet in the Bill of Rights,â€ Gottlieb said. â€œHe took an oath to uphold the Constitution, not trample it. Perhaps it is time for him to go.â€
When you are being actively attacked by the Left, and you proceed to stab-in-the-back your own base on the Right which is defending you, I would call that “implicitly resigning.” Mr. Gonzalez might as well make the implicit explicit.