A top-ranking official at the Department of Homeland Security testified that he doesn’t believe it would be proper to use terrorist watch lists as a basis for new gun-control legislation.
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.”
Recently, New York Democrats pushed to curb Second Amendment rights by limiting the use of guns for people not only on the no-fly list, but also on the error-laden terrorist watch list.
Jeff Klein introduced legislation to confiscate guns from individuals on the FBI’s terrorist watch list and the federal government’s no-fly list.
Yet, as the Los Angeles Times and other news outlets point out, there are “serious flaws” with these database lists.
The Los Angeles Times reported that some on the lists aren’t actually terrorists– they are instead actually law-abiding citizens.
“Serious flaws in the list have been identified,” the Los Angeles Times wrote, including “thousands of names that have been added in error, as well as the names of family members of suspected terrorists.”
Even the late Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) was added to the list when a terror suspect used the alias ‘T. Kennedy.’
Don’t forget, 72 of the Department of Homeland Security’s employees are on the terrorist watch list.
The ACLU claims that the list has gone upwards of 1.1 million people.
Rather than defend the Obama/Clinton administration’s failed national security policies, liberals would rather engage in a dog and pony show regarding ‘gun crimes.’
Rusty Weiss writes for Mental Recession (www.menrec.com).