I know, if you are like me and read a headline like this one for this article, you have to do a double take, but it seems this is exactly what Assistant Homeland Security Secretary for International Affairs Alan Bersin testified to recently. He said that he did not believe it would be appropriate to use the no-fly list to infringe on the Second Amendment rights of American citizens.
Here’s how the exchange went down:
REP. BLAKE FARENTHOLD: “Alright, I guess my concern with this is there has been a lot of talk recently about using these watch lists for purposes other than they were intended. For instance, in determining whether or not Americans are able to exercise their rights under the second amendment. Do you think it is appropriate that these lists be used outside of what they were designed for?”
ASSISTANT HOMELAND SECURITY SECRETARY FOR INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS ALAN BERSIN: “I have not heard that and I don’t believe that it would be — and I believe it would be apples and oranges.”
REP. FARENTHOLD: “All right. Thank you very much.”
While I’m glad to hear Mr. Bersin make this statement and it’s absolutely correct, I do wonder why he does not also apply the same thinking to countless thousands on the no-fly list, which infringes on the rights of citizens to move about freely. While I grant that some may be on the list because of convictions of crimes, though I can’t be sure since I have no idea who is on the list nor why they are there, there are many who are on the list who have been convicted of absolutely no crimes at all and the no-fly list violates the Fifth Amendment’s protections for due process of law.
Just keep in mind that it was the current administration that has made sure that criminals have obtained guns through guns shops and provided them to Mexican cartels in an operation known as Fast and Furious, all under the watchful eyes of the Justice Department and unconstitutional federal agency known as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
Additionally, it has been this very unconstitutional Department of Homeland Security who failed to catch 72 employees who were on their own terror watchlist! If that wasn’t enough, consider some of the very people who have shown up on this terror watchlist:
- retired Coast Guard commander
- this prepper
- this eight year old
- this four year old
- this 18-month-old baby
- a presidential candidate
New York Senator Jeff Klein (D) even went so far as to introduce a bill that would confiscate guns from people on the terror watchlist. I suppose that is par for the course for New York tyrants, but it’s still unlawful!
No, the no-fly list is actually unconstitutional and any infringement upon the Second Amendment is just as unconstitutional. Those advocating for such either are ignorant of the Constitution or defiantly opposed to it. Either is inexcusable in our society. Those rights of ours were purchased in blood!
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