Trump’s grasp of the Constitution is slippery at best.
“I like taking the guns early, like in this crazy man’s case that just took place in Florida … to go to court would have taken a long time,” The Hill quoted Trump as saying during a meeting with lawmakers on school safety and gun violence Wednesday. “Take the guns first, go through due process second.”
The Hill said Trump was responding to comments from Vice President Pence that there should be more tools for reporting potentially dangerous individuals with weapons — though those “tools” apparently failed about 45 times in the case of the Broward County high school shooter.
“Or, Mike, take the firearms first, and then go to court,” Trump reportedly responded.
I’ve always said Pence should have been on top of the ticket.
Due process is twice mentioned in the Constitution. The Fifth Amendment says the federal government may not deprive anyone of “life, liberty or property without due process of law.” While the Fourteenth Amendment, ratified after the Civil War, adds that the states also may not “deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law …”