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May 05, 2010

Michael "The Health Care Opponents Did It" Bloomberg Says If You Are On No Fly List You Shouldn't Be Able To Buy A Gun

The Mayor is an anti-gun nut from way back, so he's not going to let this opportunity go by without taking a swing.

Bloomberg said a bipartisan coalition of 500 mayors supports legislation that would allow the U.S. attorney general to bar such purchases. He said the group also wants Congress to close another loophole that allows people to buy firearms at gun shows with no background checks at all.

"It's just common sense to give the FBI authority to keep terror suspects from buying guns and explosives," he said.

"Convicted felons, domestic abusers and the mentally ill are forbidden from buying guns and explosives, but nothing in our laws keeps fanatics on the terror watch list from purchasing guns and explosives," Lautenberg said in his prepared testimony. "That is hard to believe -- yet, unfortunately, it is true."

Sounds sort of reasonable under you really think about it.

As of last year there were about one million names on the list. Nobody really knows why people are put on it and it's damn hard to get off it. There's also plenty of cases where the list is just wrong.

Seems Bloomberg (and Keith Olbermann, more about that in a moment) are on board with the idea the government should be able to take away people's rights simply by putting them on a list. I don't think they'd like that idea if say, George W. Bush were president and it was a right they liked. Hey maybe people on the list shouldn't be able to exercise their First Amendment rights and post to Youtube. Why no Youtube? It's a jihadi recruitment tool. Surely that's a danger too.

Now, I'm not a legal expert but I'm pretty sure the 14th Amendment mentions something about "due process" before taking away a person's rights. Again, not a legal expert but I'm thinking the mere act of the government putting your name on a list is not in fact "due process".

Notice that Bloomberg calls people on the list "suspects". Again, I wasn't aware that rights could be taken away from people simply because the government "suspects" you've done something wrong without any notice or opportunity for redress.

About Olbermann, he was on about this with Crazy Larry O'Donnell earlier saying it's unimaginable that someone could be opposed to this action. They played a soundbite from Lindsey Graham who has concerns similar to what I just laid out. Then the two of them proceeded to mock Graham for his opposition to the Bloomberg plan as well as his suggestion that terror suspects not be Marandized.

The left now stands for full rights for terror suspects, most of whom are not US citizens or on US soil and for the proposition that illegal aliens can't be required to produced documentation lest the chill of Nazism descend upon us.

They are however pretty excited about stripping Americans of their 2nd Amendment rights by administrative fiat.

As I said, the idea is sound in theory and I'd support it if applied to foreign nationals (can they even buy guns in this country? I honestly don't know). I do not however support some sort of Star Chamber system where bureaucrats can deprive people of their rights without any due process.

Liberals like to pretend a lot of things are in the Constitution that really aren't while they conveniently forget the 2nd Amendment actually is in the Constitution. Frustrating as it is for them, it's true, they can even Google it!

Just for fun some Republican should offer up a bill saying a woman on the terror watch list is prohibited from having an abortion and watch the left's reaction.

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