Straw Purchase felon Bloomberg: Use fatally flawed list

New York’s felon Mayor is back at it again. That guy just can’t seem to figure out that when something is broken you don’t promote it as something to be admired… I just happen to have a problem with taking away peoples rights without a trial…

New York City officials on Wednesday seized on the attempted terror attack in Times Square to urge Congress to tighten counterterrorism policies.

In testimony before the Senate Homeland Security Committee, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly called on lawmakers to close a loophole that lets individuals on the federal government’s terrorism watch list buy firearms and explosives.


“The problem I have is that [the] watch list, when you look at the numbers, has so many problems with it that I think it’s not appropriate to go down the road that we’re going because a constitutional right is involved,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told Bloomberg during questioning.

The National Rifle Association (NRA) strongly opposes the proposed changes, claiming that the terrorism watch list is full of errors.
Andrew Arulanandam, NRA’s director of public affairs, pointed to the well-publicized 2004 incident in which the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) was temporarily prevented from boarding a flight because his name was mistakenly on the list.

“There are innocent people who are not terrorists whose names are on the list,” Arulanandam said in an interview. “It is wrong to deny law-abiding people a constitutional right if they are innocent.”

But Bloomberg claimed that national-security concerns take precedence over any Second Amendment arguments.

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One Response to “Straw Purchase felon Bloomberg: Use fatally flawed list”

  1. Patrick Sperry Says:

    Directly related from GoA:

    Gun Owners Foundation, Gun Owners of America and Virginia Citizens Defense League filed a brief on April 13, 2010 in support of the MT Firearms Freedom Act. The brief argues that there is no authority for federal gun controls, and that also, even federal law recognizes that MT can have a Firearms Freedom Act. Click here to Read the brief (pdf).

    Lautenberg latest attacks Second Amendment
    by John Velleco
    May 5, 2010

    This week, the U.S. Senate’s Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on two radical anti-gun bills sponsored by Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ).

    One of the bills, S. 1317, would allow the Attorney General to deny the purchase of a firearm to any of the more than 400,000 people on the “terrorist watch list.” Under this bill, the Attorney General (the current AG, Eric Holder, is extremely hostile to gun rights) is permitted to strip away the civil liberties of Americans without due process of law and without the accused even knowing the details of the suspicion.

    This bill takes the responsibility of determining a person’s guilt or innocence out of the hands of the courts and places it in the hands of the Attorney General, who is not required to produce evidence for such a determination, let alone prove it.

    The second bill, S. 2820, would require that if an individual on the government terrorist watch list purchases a firearm, the record of the purchase must be retained for ten years. The same objections apply here as to S. 1317.

    But there is a much more sinister aspect to this bill. It also requires information obtained on ALL firearms background checks be kept for AT LEAST six months.

    Currently, most information obtained through background checks of firearms purchasers must be destroyed within 24 hours. The Lautenberg bill would gut such privacy protections and create de facto gun owner registration.

    Frank Lautenberg has long been an anti-Second Amendment activist, so no one should be fooled by his latest assault on freedom. It’s not just suspected terrorists that Mr. Lautenberg wants only to disarm—if he had his way guns would be banned entirely. His strategy is to constantly nibble away at the Second Amendment until only the police and the criminals have guns.

    The intent of the Founding Fathers and the liberties of the people are apparently as meaningful to Lautenberg as is the oath that he swore to uphold the Constitution.

    GOA and its members will continue to work for the defeat of these two blatantly unconstitutional bills.


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