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No guns for terrorists, the left emotes. It is a bold stand, as proven by the non-existence of people who disagree. The sticking point, as always, is how does one determine who is a terrorist? Their answer appears to be, because they have a list of terrorists. Duh. If only English jurist Edward Coke had known that you could simply grant this right to the innocent, and deny it to the guilty, how much time and money could have been saved on the act of stripping men of their rights?
Of course Joe Manchin wants the innocent to have a fair trial before being deprived of their property and fundamental rights. But the guilty? Why would we shield them in this way? Gone are the days of notifying men of the charges against them and granting a fair hearing. In are the days of noble government officials who can be trusted to suss out the truth of one’s guilt while being unburdened by standards of evidence, and other trifling limitations.
How does the left know those they want to deny their second amendment rights are terrorists? Well, they are on the terror watch list. How did they get on the terror watch list? Well, by being terrorists. How do they know they are terrorists? Why, they are on the terror watch list. So on, ad infinitum.
The terror watch list is, by the FBI’s own explanation, a list of suspects. The purpose of the list is investigative. Law enforcement attempts to gather evidence, find possible accomplices and conspirators, and potentially stop attacks before they happen. FBI director Comey stated last year that he would prefer the list not be used to deny suspects the ability to purchase guns, as he would prefer not to tip off potential terrorists that his agency is on to them.
How old fashioned! Does Comey deny he and his agents’ infallibility? What is a natural right when weighed against the unproven suspicions of government agents? Men were killed for less during the Inquisition.
Grand Inquisitor Clinton said it best earlier in the week:
People can’t board planes with full shampoo bottles—but people being watched by the FBI for terrorism can buy a gun, no questions asked?
That ATF form 4473 asks applicants numerous questions before a person may buy a gun is irrelevant, and shame on you for bringing it up. You are to be further chastised for realizing that passengers may not bring guns on planes either, regardless of their terror watch list status.
While details are sketchy, the FBI’s terrorist screening database has an estimated 40,000 American citizens and lawful permanent residents on it. Are right wingers going to seriously suggest that the vast majority of these individuals never have, and will never commit a terrorist attack?
How many terrorist attacks have taken place since 9/11? Perhaps 30? Better that the 99.9925% who are innocent be stripped of their rights, so that the 0.0075% cannot abuse them.
That is the way of free peoples.
Update: The original version of this post erroneously implied that Edward Coke was alive at the time of Magna Carta.