Democrats say the Cornyn bill doesn’t go far enough since it includes a “probable cause” standard that would require law enforcement officials to prove that a gun buyer is an actual terrorist rather than a suspected terrorist.
Instead, Democrats want a vote on legislation that would bar firearm sales to anyone on a terrorism watch list or no-fly list.
Remember Jeff Foxworthy's brilliant series of comedy routines, loosely categorized under the heading: "You May Be A Redneck If ...."?
We have a whole raft of things to watch nowdays, and there's nothing funny about them.
They're called: "Watch Lists".
Using the pretext of 'fighting' terrorism (which is The Real thing), Dems are splattering the door of the Constitution with slimy bills of every stripe, hoping that one or two of them will slide through the cracks. They have been unsuccessfully attempting to undermine the Second Amendmend with "Gun Control" bills, so now they are trying to re-enter the same bills under the misnomer "Anti-Terrorism" bills.
The latest volleys have include an arbitrary measure to deprive people in America of their Civil Rights because a 'similar' (or the same) name has appeared on any of the many anonymous "Lists" circulating the (increasingly less hallowed) halls of Congress. Apparently these lists ("Terrorist Watch List"and "No Fly List" are the only two I've heard of so far) have no public justification for their existance. Except for the "I'm keeping an eye on you, potential scumbag" factor.
But then, since notifying anyone that they're on the list(s) would be counter-productive, there is no 'warning'. You try to buy an airline ticket, and you are notified that you are on a "LIST", so you can't fly on an airline.
Three year old girls and congressmen have been denied entry to a domestic flight because of these lists. The Congressman made his flight 'anyway'; chances are the parents of the child had a bit more trouble
We don't know who is on them, or why their names appear there ... or, if 'we' are on them, we don't know how to demand removal. We are informed that "there is a process" but our Paternalistic Federal government has not been able (or willing) to provide that information to the general public.
This sounds to me like the first step toward what has been called "Death Squads" in the southern hemisphere. Someone decides that 'steps must be taken', and they are. So far, nobody has been murdered because their name appears on A list. (That's an assumption.)
Have we become a Third World Country ruled by a Junta?
Or do we still believe in The Rule Of Law?
This whole thing sounds like the (very bad; sorry about that, Tom.) Tom Cruise movie "Minority Report", where ...
In a future where a special police unit is able to arrest murderers before they commit their crimes, an officer from that unit is himself accused of a future murder.
Show Us Your PapersSomebody please tell me how America got to the point where, because of our fears, our Federal Government has arbitrarily and anonymously imposed travel restrictions on Americans?
Somebody please tell me how our elected representives, who seem to have forgotten who they work for, can justify not only instigating new restrictions, but are then building on them to further infringe on our Constitutional Rights.
it's not that I don't understand that terrorism is a major issue, it's just that I don't understand what happened to "The Most Transparanet Administration".
And people thought George Bush had ambitions beyond his station!
House to vote on gun legislation | TheHill:
A week after Democrats staged a nearly 26-hour sit-in demanding a vote on gun control measures, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said the House will vote next week on legislation to block suspected terrorists from buying guns. In a conference call Thursday, Ryan told rank-and-file Republicans that the House will take up a terrorism package that will include measures to disrupt radicalization and recruitment, as well as a provision to prevent suspected terrorists from purchasing guns, according to a source on the call. It’s unclear exactly which bill will be brought to the floor. Democrats launched a daylong protest on the House floor last week demanding a vote on such legislation in the wake of the Orlando shooting rampage that killed 49. Ryan on the call reiterated that it’s important to ensure suspected terrorists can't obtain guns, calling it common sense. But the Speaker said he wanted to approach the issue deliberatively to protect due process and Second Amendment rights.