I’m traveling today with scant access to a computer, so it was gratifying to see a substantive and interesting discussion by commenters on this post. Michael Ejercito wins this round with a Comment of the Day that begins by highlighting a disturbing quote by Nick Kristof, taking the hand-off from President Obama. I don’t know how liberals can read this stuff and not get chills considering where their ideology has led them. Once the heralds of freedom and democracy, their leaders and advocates are now calling for citizens to be robbed of core rights based on suspicion rather than due process. And whose suspicion? The party with members who advocate arresting climate change skeptics and expelling college students if there is a 10% chance that a rape accusation against them is warranted used to be willing to fight for liberty. Now it seems to believe liberty is too dangerous.
Here’ s Michael:
“Universal background checks would only compound this injustice by improving enforcement of rules that arbitrarily deprive people of the right to armed self-defense. Yet instead of reconsidering the absurdly broad excuses for taking away people’s Second Amendment rights, Obama and Kristof want to expand them. “We have a no-fly list where people can’t get on planes,” Obama told CBS News, “but those same people who we don’t allow to fly could go into a store right now in the United States and buy a firearm, and there’s nothing that we can do to stop them. That’s a law that needs to be changed.” Kristof concurs:
One man’s loophole is another man’s due process. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) estimates that the FBI’s so-called Terrorist Watchlist includes more than 1 million names. The ACLU describes the list as a “virtually standardless” dragnet that “ensnares innocent people and encourages racial and religious profiling.” Although the list is supposedly limited to people “reasonably suspected of being involved in terrorist activity,” something like two-fifths have “no recognized terrorist group affiliation.”
Under current law, certain convictions, including many that have nothing to do with violence, result in the permanent loss of Second Amendment rights. Obama and Kristof think that’s a wimpy approach. In their view, mere suspicion, no matter the grounds for it, should be enough to disarm someone. Why insist on a conviction, or even formal charges, when public safety is at stake?”
If we are going to treat people as terrorists, based on mere suspicion, without even bothering dragging them before an Ex Parte Quirin style military tribunal, let alone a criminal court, then there are other things we could do in addition to keeping them from buying guns:
– Prohibit them from practicing law or medicine.
– Prohibit them from voting.
– Allow police to search them for any reason whatsoever without a warrant.
– Require them to wear distinctive armbands when in public
Or we could simply dispense with the pleasantries and just kill them all.