The events that transpired in Orlando which we woke up to in shock and horror were tragic. My heart aches for the loss of innocent life, as does all of ours.
Actually that statement isn’t true. Some of us see it as a way to advance a political agenda that would ensure nothing more than a repeat of the event.
Politicians were quick to jump on the gun control bandwagon, along with their paid lackeys in the gun control movement, insisting on background checks, gun bans and terror watch lists.
The problem with that is the shooter (who I refuse to name) had been interviewed twice, by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, whose Director was appointed by President Obama. He was cleared every time. He not only passed the background check to buy the firearms, but was licensed to carry firearms. Not just as a civilian either- he was licensed as an armed guard and assigned to a Federal building.
The very politicians who say he shouldn’t have been allowed to buy a gun, allowed him to carry them on Federal property.
He had been fingerprinted, interviewed, investigated, photographed, trained, vetted, and had been given permission to carry firearms on Federal property (and was paid to do so).
Read that over and over until it sinks in.
The NY Daily News, which has given up the pretension of being something more than a leftist version of the National Enquirer, ran a headline blaming the NRA for allowing a terrorist to purchase firearms. While I would normally point, laugh, and wonder whether the editors took a brick to the head at some point in their life, I feel it needs to be addressed.
First- the question should not be “If he was interviewed as a possible terrorist why was he allowed to buy a gun?” It should be “If he was interviewed as a possible terrorist, why did the government allow him to carry one on Federal property?”
Secondly the terror watch list is fatally flawed. Anyone can be added for any reason without oversight or questions. You cannot legally find out if you are on it. If you should somehow discover you are on it, you cannot find out who put you on it to begin with, or why you are on it. Finally there is no method to appeal your inclusion, as the process would reveal sources and methods.
Third is a little thing called “Due Process” It is kinda-sorta important in our country that someone be convicted of a crime before their civil liberties are stripped. The people who founded our country considered it important enough to write it down. The terror watch list avoids due process like hemophiliacs avoid pools filled with razor blades.
Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, those prohibited from purchasing a firearm. Why does the government leave them out on the street free to kill people en masse with bombs (Tsarniev, Murrah Building, Bath School), incendiary devices (Happy Land, UpStairs Lounge) or any other method they choose? Shouldn’t they be locked up?
Of course that last bit is facetious. We, as a country, do not go about stripping rights away from citizens without them having been charged with a crime (or being found mentally incompetent), giving them the opportunity to present a defense, and of course being found guilty through a trial where they are judged by an empaneled jury of their peers… for now.
What these politicians, gun control groups, and mainstream media outlets are seeking to do is strip away not only our Second Amendment rights, but our rights to confront our accuser, our rights to a trial, our rights to counsel and our rights to be free of unlawful search & seizure. They are not only seeking to dismantle the 2nd Amendment, but the majority of the inherent rights we possess as free men and women which are laid out in the Bill of Rights.
Of course the club where these killings took place was one of the much vaunted “Gun Free Zones”… but that is a topic for a different article.
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