Friday, June 22, 2007

Yet Another Attack on the Second Amendment – S. 1237

This time the attack is supported by Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. It seems as if Senator Frank Lautenberg has introduced a new bill – S. 1237 entitled “To increase public safety by permitting the Attorney General to deny the transfer of firearms or the issuance of firearms and explosives licenses to known or suspected dangerous terrorists.”

Now don’t get me wrong – I think everyone can get behind the idea that we should not sell firearms to convicted terrorists, but exactly who defines who is classified as a “suspected dangerous terrorist”. Is that anyone who disagrees with whatever the current administration is at the time? Since when are “inalienable” rights subject to cancellation without due process of law? Apparently that’s the direction Lautenberg wants to take us.

The sad thing is that the Attorney General is going along with this travesty, but it seems like Gonzales will back anything that increases his power these days. It certainly seems like the President missed the boat in appointing Gonzales because he certainly isn’t standing up for Constitutional principles here.

The NRA has written a letter to the Attorney General and the Senate Judiciary committee urging them not to pass this bill. They note:

“As many of our friends in law enforcement have rightly pointed out, the word ‘suspect’ has no legal meaning, particularly when it comes to denying constitutional liberties. The American people have no idea how many individuals are currently on terrorism ‘watch lists’, nor the circumstances under which a person is added to or removed from these lists. Denying rights without legal justification, based on little more than ‘suspicions’ and ‘secret evidence’, is an affront to our Constitution and Bill of Rights.”

I urge everyone to contact their senators and communicate your opposition to this travesty.

Until next time!

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