Saturday, May 15, 2010

People on the no-fly list should be able to bear arms, too!

This makes sense - since people on the no-fly can't board a plane, suspicious individuals should be able to find other means to harm Americans!

The mistake-riddled, rights-suppressing document in question is, of course, the FBI's terror watch list. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly went to Capitol Hill earlier this week in an attempt to convince legislators to pass a bill designed to prevent people on the FBI's list from legally purchasing guns and explosives. The legislation, which George W. Bush lobbied for back when he was in the White House, has gained traction on the heels of the attempted car-bomb attack on Times Square.

"If society decides that these people are too dangerous to get on an airplane with other people, then it's probably appropriate to look very hard before you let them buy a gun," Bloomberg told a Senate committee.

That's not how the NRA sees it. Andrew Arulanandam, a spokesman for the organization, told NEWSWEEK the bill is "21st-century McCarthyism."

"Our system of justice doesn't say that secret lists can be judge and jury when it comes to denying Americans their constitutional rights," Arulanandam said, sounding conspicuously like the ACLU circa 2003. "The simple fact is, there are innocent people on the list."

Sounds logical to me - they can't board a plane, but they can carry a gun! I mean, who doesn't think that isn't a bad idea?


Anonymous said...

The NRA wants everybody to be able to make sweet love to their guns just the way that they do.

et said...

Our whole approach to airline safety/security is absurd. We make old women in wheelchairs take off their orthopedic shoes and hobble through scanners...we insist on moms emptying out baby formula and people tossing out scary small quantities of hand lotion...and at the same time we kowtow to the gun lobby when the common-sense suggestion is uttered that, gee, maybe people we suspect of terrorist activities shouldn't be allowed to buy guns.

Don'tcha feel safe, now?

Anonymous said...

Amen ET! I could not have said it better.

et said...

TY, Count.

Any sane gun-rights organization would be advocating for effective vetting of who gets on the no-fly list and why, rather than calling for a free-for-all.

Oh, wait, excuse me. Did I just say "sane gun-rights organization"? My bad.

Michael Ejercito said...

Gun control supporters are dishonest, their dishonesty only exceeded by Holocaust deniers.

If people on the no-fly list are so dangerous that they can not be trusted with firearms, why not intern them in an internment camp near Lone Pine, California?

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