This post would be barely worth writing, except that I have just listened to several cable channels state with great urgency that it is a “controversy.”
It’s no controversy. The government cannot take away a citizen’s rights without due process. Currently, as explained in an ACLU lawsuit, the No-Fly List procedure itself appears to lack due process, so linking it to Second Amendment rights would be similarly unconstitutional:
“There is no constitutional bar to reasonable regulation of guns, and the No Fly List could serve as one tool for it, but only with major reform…. the standards for inclusion on the No Fly List are unconstitutionally vague, and innocent people are blacklisted without a fair process to correct government error. Our lawsuit seeks a meaningful opportunity for our clients to challenge their placement on the No Fly List because it is so error-prone and the consequences for their lives have been devastating. Over the years since we filed our suit — and in response to it — the government has made some reforms, but they are not enough.”
Anti-gun hysterics in Congress (incompetent) , on the campaign trail (unscrupulous) , in the White House ( opportunistic) and on social media (ignorant) don’t care right now about such nuances and trivia as due process, and on the social media side, apparently won’t until Donald Trump’s state police knock on the door to take them away. They’d be happy to empower their great and good government masters to place “bad people” on no-fly-lists on a whim, because we just have to “do something” about mass shootings. The emotional statements on social media are embarrassing, the misleading statements from the news media are irresponsible, and the individual rights-defying statements by the President, elected officials and candidates are frightening.
Watch the scene from “A Man for All Seasons,” you fools.
Watch the scene, and learn.