NRA: Don't Ban Gun Sales to Suspected Terrorist

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When I first read this header, I was outraged. But then after reading the story and considering the many false alarms and misdirections this administration has foisted on the populace, I thought, "Yeah, we can't trust these gov'mt guys to tie their own shoelaces. Why would we think they could tell a terrorist from somebody going to the store to buy a quart of milk?" They wouldn't know a pie-throwing circus clown from a bomb-throwing maniac, although that would be generally clear to anybody over the age of four.I have little faith in the government's ability to distinguish right from wrong, up from down, or dawn from dusk.

Still, maybe I'd vote to put a hold on somebody on their list who wanted to buy a gun or fly on an airline... but what if his name was Edward Kennedy? Could the gov'mnt really be that dumb? www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A17073-2004Aug19.html

Anyone who thinks the proposal is a "good idea" can then kindly tell me:

1. How do you end up on a no-fly list?
2. How do you get off the no-fly list?
3. How do you even find out if you're on the no-fly list, and for what reasons?

Once you can tell me how transparent our government is with such things, then we can discuss the rest.

And -- oh yeah, lest I forget -- the article made an associated point perfectly clear:

[In a letter this week to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, NRA executive director Chris Cox said] "as many of our friends in law enforcement have rightly pointed out, the word 'suspect' has no legal meaning, particularly when it comes to denying constitutional liberties[.]"

If a person is a suspect, it's up to the government to build a case, write up the charges, arrest the person, etc. I know, I know -- that's boring ol' 20th Century due process stuff. Passe, right? Obsolete, right? After 911, everything had to change, right? {rolls eyes}

"3. How do you even find out if you're on the no-fly list, and for what reasons?"

I think it would go something like this:

Caller: Hi. My name is Shane H. am I on the no fly list?
TSA Rep: {Hmm.. Suspicious.. Hmm} "You are now, Sir. Please hold, Sir.
...
Man: "Agent Mann, FBI. You'll need to come in and see us. ... And bring your hair gel."

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