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That whole "innocent until proven guilty" thing? Yeah, it's so 17th century.
People whose names appear on a federal terror watch list or no-fly list shouldn't be presumed innocent until proven guilty for purposes of buying a firearm, according to Democratic lawmakers.
Congressional Democrats, in the wake of the Orlando, Fla., terrorist attack on Saturday, have renewed their call to ban individuals on the terror watch list from purchasing weapons. Most Republicans maintain that such a law would restrict peoples Second Amendment rights without due process of law.
Liberty, it's so outdated dontcha know. And guns are scary!
So yesterday, to the applause of pretty much every liberal on my Facebook friends list, Senate Democrats waged a 15 hour filibuster to force a vote on suspending the Constitution for gun owners.
A Democratic senator who mourned the loss of 20 children in his home state of Connecticut waged a roughly 15-hour filibuster into the early hours Thursday, asserting as he yielded the floor that Republican leaders had committed to hold votes on expanded gun background checks and a ban on gun sales to suspected terrorists.
Who is a "suspected terrorist?"
Anyone on the government's secret terrorism watch list or the airlines' no-fly list. Lists that you can't find out if you're on, and can't get off of if you are.
Sounds legit, right? Because remember, guns are scary!
Meanwhile, the New York Times wants the government to go even further, by convening a secret Star Chamber to suspend the Second Amendment.
A New York Times editorial advocates for a new law allowing a secret court to take away citizens right to own a gun at the discretion of the federal government.
Citing the Orlando terror attack that left 50 dead including the shooter and 53 wounded at a gay nightclub, the piece advocates for a "no-buy" list similar to "no-fly" lists. Under the law, suspected terrorists would not be able to buy a gun. In an attempt to ensure the integrity of the lists and preserve due process, the author proposes people only be added to this no-buy list after a secret court rules they are ineligible, similar to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court hearings where the federal government obtains permission to wiretap. Under this proposal, an American who has never been convicted of a crime could be denied their right to buy a gun simply because a secret court decided it should be that way.
Hey remember the Good Old Days when Democrats opposed the FISA courts?
Oh, right, that was back when that evil Booosch guy was using them to spy on library records and other important stuff. This is like totally different! Because guns are scary!
But, OK, let's suppose a bunch of unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats really do have everyone's best interests at heart. They're paragons of integrity and they'll never put their political enemies on a "no-buy" list out of spite, unlike say, their buddies at the IRS. Honest!
So then riddle me this Batman. Because I'm confused about something. See, a day earlier Newt Gingrich floated the idea of resurrecting the House Un-American Activities Committee. Which of course would meet in the open, in front of TV cameras.
Newt Gingrich said resurrecting the House Un-American Activities Committee could help defeat radical Islam.
"We originally created the House Un-American Activities Committee to go after the Nazis", he said Monday on Fox News's "Fox & Friends."
"We passed several laws in 1938 and 1939 to go after the Nazis", the former GOP House Speaker added. "We made it illegal to help the Nazis. We are presently going to have to take similar steps here. We're going to take much tougher positions."
"We're going to ultimately declare war on Islamic supremacists, and we're going to say, 'If you pledge allegiance to [the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria], you are a traitor and you've lost your citizenship.'"
And liberals flipped out.
When it comes to Muslims, Due Process is the only thing that matters. And their Constitutional rights are sacrosanct. And, McCarthyism!
"In the fifties, the most effective sanction was terror", The Harvard Crimson wrote of the committee's style in a February 1964 op-ed.
"Almost any publicity from HUAC meant the 'blacklist.' Without a chance to clear his name, a witness would suddenly find himself without friends and without a job."
I'm reveling in the irony. "Blacklist." "No-buy" list. Po-tay-to. Po-tah-to.
Here's an idea. Let's call the whole thing off.
Because even with all their lists, the Democrats still wouldn't have stopped the Orlando shooter. He deliberately wasn't put on any watch lists.
If you're asking yourself "why not?," that's easy.
The answer is, because under this Administration, accusations of "Islamophobia" are career-ending, whereas letting people be killed by the dozens is just an unfortunate bit of government work.
It's almost as if they're just using this shooting as pretext for advancing their totalitarian ideology. Never let a crisis go to waste. And disarming the population is Step One toward controlling the population.
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