“The House will move next week on an anti-terrorism package that will have a provision to stop terrorists from buying guns, a source who participated in a House GOP conference call on Thursday morning tells NBC News.” Hang on. Did they say terrorists? If someone is a terrorist can’t you arrest them on, say, charges of terrorism?
The unspecified Republican-backed bill will take away the gun rights of suspected terrorists. Americans on the government’s secret, unaccountable Terrorist Watch List. That’s a horse of a different color.
Speaking of color, the Republicans are yellow. Rather than stand up against the “No Fly” list — an unconstitutional measure in and of itself — they’re caving to public pressure and extending the List maker’s powers.
And make no mistake: it’s a short hop from preventing government-defined “suspected terrorists” from buying a new gun to preventing them from owning any guns. By confiscating them. Via federal law enforcement officials.
Believe it or not, it could get worse . . .
The specifics of the legislation are unclear, however, the terrorism package will likely include measures to help prevent radicalization and recruitment of potential terrorists and a provision to prevent suspected terrorists from buying guns.
What are the odds that these anti-radicalization and recruitment provisions will infringe on Americans’ First Amendment protected right to free speech? While I’m asking questions, is the Republican party hell bent on tearing itself to pieces?
Constitution-loving Americans have been holding their noses and voting Republican for some time. As their preferred party is selling their liberties down the river — again (Patriot Act) — how many [former] Republicans will simply stay home during the next election cycle? I guess we’re going to find out.