Thursday, June 23, 2016

Guns Guns Guns Guns Guns


On the surface it's sound logic; if you're too dangerous to be let on an airplane you're too dangerous to buy a gun. Who could argue with that? Ah, but the devil is in the details.
Attorneys for people caught on the US’s sprawling terrorism watchlists are expressing concern that the latest tactic by gun control advocates is blessing the legitimacy of a process they say threatens civil rights.
As Democrats staged a sit-in on the House floor on Wednesday demanding a vote to prevent people placed on FBI watchlists from purchasing firearms, lawyers and American Muslim rights groups feared the effort tacitly endorsed a system that they have for years argued lacks transparency and basic due process and disproportionately affects US Muslims.
They fear that civil rights concerns over watchlisting are becoming a casualty of political expediency by gun control advocates in a debate supercharged by the massacre of 49 people at an LGBT nightclub in Orlando on 12 June.
“It’s ridiculous, the notion that somehow the watchlists are a reliable measuring stick for who should be deprived of an ability to purchase weapons,” said Ramzi Kassem, a law professor at the City University of New York and director of its Clear clinic, some of whose clients were wrongly watchlisted.
The answer to this is obvious. FIX THE WATCH LISTS. We need objective criteria for adding someone to the watch lists and a due process process for getting people off of it. It's not that hard.

Meanwhile, this is the song that should have been playing at Pulse that fateful night.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well GW must say I'm pleased to see you support the Republican bills that Senate Democrats voted down. The ACLU is with you, too.

Vote for Sarduy said...

My poor little kitty, who I got as a kitten and named Sarduy has fleas. But I gave him a bath last night.

Vote for Sarudy!!!

Godwhacker said...

I am by nature an independent. I only side with the Democrats because the GOP is largely drooling out the side of their mouth with hate and pissing their pants with irrational fear. Both parties behaved badly this week, big surprise.

Anonymous said...

My Parrot who I named Sarduy is doing just fine. A little noisy but fine. So sorry about your kitty Mr. Fluffy and the fleas.