TTAG reader Pascal writes:
arstechnica.com offers a post on the long painful saga of Malaysian-born college professor Rahinah Ibrahim. In the words of the Judge, the trail itself was a, “Kafkaesque” legal battle. Even AFTER the Judge ordered Ibrahim to be removed from the no fly list, the DHS refused. About one thousand people are in the same situation as Ibrahim, whose saga started with an errant check placed on a form filled out by FBI agent Kevin Kelly. Aside from the successful resolution to this case, the Ibrahim’s saga is hardly atypical. The No-Fly list had grown to . . .
1.1m records with estimate of 21k new per year. Imagine how much it would suck if anyone on the No Fly list was prohibited from purchasing or owning guns. Gun owners would face the same bureaucratic nightmare to get their rights back – even when mistakenly being put into the list.
This is why all gun registries are bad — the government sucks at keeping and maintaining data, and throws due process out the door when you try to correct the mistake. Above all, the Founders believed that too much power in the central government was a bad thing. After seven years, exactly one person gets off the gov’t no-fly list demonstrates the legitimacy of that fear.