People whose names appear on a federal terror watch list or no-fly list shouldn't be presumed "innocent until proven guilty" for purposes of buying a firearm, according to Democratic lawmakers. "I don't think that innocent until proven guilty is the standard that applies here," Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., told the Washington Examiner. "We're talking about owning a gun, not being convicted of a crime."
Watchlists:There are a lot (perhaps too many) of "WatchLists" in America today:
- No Fly Watchlist
- Terrorist Watchlist
- No Gun Watchlist
- Inane Watchlist
Well, that last perhaps is not presumed by Representative Alan Grayson. ... who urges his colleagues to Ban Assault Weapons.
He must understand that clerical errors can occur in the compilation of any list of names
"Watchlists" are commonly accepted to have been composed willy-nilly by
- People who are not required to justify their selections;
- .... and who do are not required to document the reasons for their selections;
- and the residents of these watchlists have not necessarily been allowed to contest their membership on said watchlists in a court of law.
The problems are:
- There is no way to find out if your name is on the on The List, until you try to (for example) buy a gun;
- There is no way to appeal the appearance of your name on The List;
- Nobody knows just how 'specific' the identification of individuals is; does it include your social security number, or other identifying information?