May 08, 2010
Are we losing our freedom? (And other rhetorical questions....)
From Scott Ott comes a good rhetorical question about a New York Times editorial:
Does the New York Times really crave a society in which the federal government can restrict the constitutional rights of citizens who have committed no crimes?To which I would add another rhetorical question: "Is the Pope Catholic?"
For some time, the Times has been pushing for people placed on the no-fly list to forfeit their Second Amendment rights, and this editorial is only the latest manifestation.
In June of last year, the Times argued that citizens' rights under the Second Amendment were not rights at all, but merely "an odd divergence in federal law":
The new statistics, compiled in a report from the Government Accountability Office that is scheduled for public release next week, draw attention to an odd divergence in federal law: people placed on the government's terrorist watch list can be stopped from getting on a plane or getting a visa, but they cannot be stopped from buying a gun.And I asked what now appears to be a rhetorical question:
Has a fundamental constitutional right now become an odd divergence?I guess that's a rhetorical question too.
By the way, according to the ACLU, the Terror Watch List is million names long.
Up 32% since 2007, according to USA Today. And that's despite the fact that the war on terror is being downgraded. As there's no such thing as Islamic terrorist anymore, I wonder about something...
Who qualifies under the new rules?
(I should probably stop asking rhetorical questions.)
posted by Eric on 05.08.10 at 11:58 AM
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