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2057, 03 Dec 15

Opposing Arbitrary Restriction of Constitutional Rights

I’m glad that Senator Johnson has this stance.

WASHINGTON — As law enforcement authorities continued to investigate potential terror links to the San Bernardino shooting Thursday, Sen. Ron Johnson, the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, brushed aside President Obama’s call for legislation to keep people on no-fly lists from buying guns.

“On any kind of proposal the first question I ask is, ‘OK, would this proposed solution have stopped  — which of the past tragedies would this proposed solution have stopped?’” the Oshkosh Republican said in an interview. “And I think the answer in so many cases is, very few of them or none of them.”

Authorities have not given any indication that the shooters, Syed R. Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, were on any no-fly lists, and the guns they used to slay 14 people at a social services center were purchased legally.

“Then the next question is, well, if you’re going to enact this solution, which would deprive people of constitutional rights, is that a very good thing to do?” Johnson said.

Remember that the no-fly list is a list of people that the government puts people on when they think they might be up to no good. That kind of arbitrary designation – without any due process – is not appropriate for deciding to restrict a person’t constitutional rights whether we’re talking the 1st Amendment, 2nd, Amendment, 4th Amendment, or any other rights protected by our constitution.


2057, 03 December 2015


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