After the Civil War, three amendments were added to the U.S. Constitution in order to protect the freed slaves. The Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery (1865), the Fourteenth Amendment made freed slaves citizens and gave them equal protection of their rights (1868), and the Fifteenth Amendment gave the vote to men of any race (1870). With the triumph of the Republicans in Congress, the Constitution was amended to grant full citizenship to former slaves and promise them equal treatment under the law.
The Fourteenth Amendment promises that all persons in the United States shall enjoy the “equal protection of the laws.” This means that they cannot be discriminated against.
But democrats have called for a bill that would prevent individuals on terrorist watch lists from purchasing firearms. But Republicans have questioned the prudence bypassing the 14th amendment, guaranteeing equal rights to everyone, to deny Second Amendment rights to Americans who could placed on such a list for any number of reasons without due process.
In the democrats revised version, there is no requirement that the attorney general have reason to believe the weapon the suspect is trying to buy will be used in a terrorist attack. Hence an old lady who cut a check to a Hamas-affiliated charity (thereby “providing material support” to terrorism and arguably threatening public safety) could be stopped from buying a handgun for self-defense even if there was no evidence that she planned any sort of attack with it. Feinstein’s amendment also expands the dragnet beyond the FBI’s so-called Terrorist Watchlist, which is believed to include more than 1 million people, to cover anyone who was under suspicion for “conduct related to a federal crime of terrorism” during the previous five years.
Real life example:
Brittany is being stalked by her ex-husband. He is twice her size and brutally beat her during their rocky marriage. The cops say there is nothing they can do, he has broken no laws. Brittany lives alone. Brittany needs a gun. After doing her research and going to a range to decide which gun fits her needs, she shows up at a gun store nervous but ready to purchase some peace of mind. The store tells her she can’t buy a gun because she is on the “terror watch list.” Say what? The Terror watch list? Without her knowledge Brittany was put on the list because of a couple of her Facebook posts about the government being out of control. (yes, you can get on the list that way). She is told she will have to fill out some forms and it will takes months to appeal to remove her name. So now the Democrats, who fight the “war on women” every election year, have left her defenseless against her threatening ex-husband. They used her 1st amendment Facebook post to abuse her 5th and 14th amendment right of due process rights in order to deny her 2nd amendment rights to protect herself with a gun.