I joined not because I’m particularly interested in guns. Believe it or not, I’m not. I enjoy shooting, sure, but for the most part, guns were just tools of the job.
What I really care about is the Constitution. And not just the 2nd Amendment. Tomorrow night, something astonishing is going to happen. The President of the United States of America, the chief executive sworn to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution, will address the nation, and almost certainly propose to unilaterally take actions that will deprive American citizens, without any due process of law, of rights explicitly enumerated in the Bill of Rights.
Should the President attempt to bar the persons on the terror watch list from purchasing firearms, that would be an assault on multiple amendments. First, obviously, the 2nd Amendment. But it would also be a 1st Amendment violation-
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
There is simply no method for a citizen to petition the government to be removed from the terror watch list. For that matter, there is no way for the citizen to even know if he’s on the list, let alone why!
Arguably, being placed on the watch list could be portrayed as a seizure, raising a 4th Amendment issue. And given that an enumerated civil right is being denied, it’s a pretty obvious 6th Amendment violation, as you cannot compel witnesses to testify why you are being denied a civil liberty.
You cannot chip away at one fundamental liberty of a man without harming many others.
So while the NRA is a single issue organization, we see that every right must be upheld, or most will be lost.