Second Amendment Assault
The Second Amendment is under Assault by liberals bent on its destruction in the wake of the San Bernardino shootings.
Lawmakers in Illinois have introduced a bill to take away the guns of anyone whose name appears on the “No-Fly” list, taking further their desire to destroy the Second Amendment after the Supreme Court declined to lift the ban on assault weapons in that state. The Governor of Connecticut has also promised an executive action to ban people on the no-fly list from obtaining a gun by increased background checks.
Under this proposed legislation, anyone whose name suddenly appears on the nebulous “no-fly” list will have to surrender their FOID card and guns.
Flaw: no criminal will surrender their guns or some legal version of an gun ID card. Just won’t happen.
Flaw: not everyone on that “no fly” list is a terrorist. Some are, make no mistake. Some are not.
Terror Watch Lists
You knew, of course that the Tsarnev Borthers form the Boston Bombing were not on any of the government’s lists. Neither were Farook and Malik, the San Bernardino killers. Bypassing legitimate threats in favor of criteria that is too broad and arbitrary is the hallmark of these lists.
The Huffington Post– notoriously left leaning- even published an article in 2014 that reveals the vast problems with this list. These are their headers for the article:
You could raise “reasonable suspicion” that you’re involved in terrorism. “Irrefutable evidence or concrete facts” are not required.
You could post something on Facebook or Twitter that raises “reasonable suspicion.”
Or somebody else could just think you’re a potential terror threat.
You could be a little terrorist-ish, at least according to someone.
Or you could just know someone terrorist-y, maybe.
And if you’re in a “category” of people determined to be a threat, your threat status could be “upgraded” at the snap of a finger.
Finally, you could just be unlucky.
The criteria for inclusion on a watch list is considered “sensitive” according to National Security. It is managed (if you can call it that) by the Terrorist Screening Center. They receive input from numerous federal agencies and bureaucrats, and the names are placed in a database (Terrorism Screening Data Base- TSDB). The positioning of names on that list is completely at the whim of others. No proof required.
Connecticut and Illinois – the push and the flaws
Governor Dannel Malloy has vowed to ban anyone on the no-fly list from purchasing a firearm. He wants background checks on all – hey Governor, the NICS system has been in place by law since 1993, instituted in 1998 – and that’s a BACKGROUND CHECK SYSTEM.
We already have a system of so-called background checks. Since they don’t do much other than pick up a felon who isn’t supposed to have a gun, that’s why the terror watch lists were invented. And the criteria for inclusion in those is way too broad.
“The governor knows full well that law-abiding Americans who pose no threat to national security are mistakenly on the terror watch list.” Jennifer Baker, NRA Public Affairs Director