What is not to like about keeping suspected terrorists from being able to buy guns in the United States? It makes sense, doesn’t it, that if you have managed to be put on the government’s no-fly list then you also shouldn’t have access to firearms and, in a perfect world, it would.
Unfortunately, we do not live in a perfect world and that point is being driven home by the recent resurgence of calls for gun control being tied to the government’s no fly list. This is the left’s idea of a common sense solution to gun control in America.
Well, it would be if the ‘no-fly list’ worked the way it was supposed to, if it wasn’t unconstitutional to begin with and if a competent organization – which excludes our government – was in charge of it.
Here we go, again
The perennial favorite of the gun-grabbing left has been reborn. Senators, Representatives and even the President are making another big push for people who are on the no-fly list to be restricted from owning or buying firearms. Humorously enough, one Republican candidate for president agrees.
The no-fly list was established in the aftermath of the September 11th attack on New York to restrict suspected terrorists from traveling in or out of the country. During the Bush administration, it was attacked by the left and billed as a political tool to punish the President’s opponents. The inclusion of Senator Ted Kennedy and anti-war protestors created an uproar in the early 2000s about the legal and ethical ramifications of putting someone on the list even when they were not guilty of – or even charged with –a crime.
But, with President Obama in office, the left not only made no move to get rid of the no-fly list, they have expanded the number of people on it. Currently, there are approximately 47,000 people on the list. These include 72 employees of the Department of Homeland Security.
Bad ideas become bad laws
The rule of law in this country is that a person is innocent until proven guilty. If authorities believe that a person has criminal intent, they lock that person up until the proof of those allegations can be settled in court. The no fly list turns that rule on its head.
The mechanics of being added to the list itself have never been adequately explained and the inclusion of fairly common names has caused problems with people’s travel being restricted just because of that similarity. Like so many programs started in the aftermath of 9/11, the no fly list was a half-baked idea that sounded good on paper but is stupid in practice.
Tying gun purchases to this piece of government garbage is not only irresponsible, it is unethical and unconstitutional, as well.
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