House Republicans Take Principled Stand On Terrorist’s Second Amendment Rights

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While the rest of us were totally absorbed, yesterday, with the prospect of Mean Girls taking up in the Senate, House Republicans were diligently doing what House Republicans do best on those rare occasions when they do anything at all: i.e., voting down a sensible amendment, proposed by Democrats, that is overwhelmingly in the best interest of the American people.

Allow me to explain . . . the House Appropriations Committee is currently considering a Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations bill.  Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) and Rep. David Price (D-NC) offered an amendment to the bill that would have blocked suspected terrorists on the FBI’s Terrorist Watch list from purchasing firearms and explosives.

Seems like a good idea, eh?  Well, not to the 29 Republicans on the committee who defeated the amendment on a party-line vote 19 - 29.  And this isn’t the first time such legislation has been defeated before it gets out of the gate.  The rationale? (and there always is one) that the FBI might make a mistake and put some innocent, law-abiding prospective gun-toter on the list because . . . Big Brother makes those kinds of “mistakes” to rob American citrizens of their God-given right to pack heat.

In 2011, the NRA issued a directive to legislators who were considering both a House (H.R. 1506, Rep. Peter King R-NY) and a Senate bill (S34 Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-NJ) aimed at cutting off weapons sales to terror suspects.  The NRA’s position was variably, it’s not needed - terrorists already can’t buy weapons; it won’t work, anyway; and, of course, the terrible potential for abuse - such a law would hand the FBI arbitrary power over who can have a gun.

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These are the same folks who defend the rights of domestic abusers and the legally blind to carry a gun.

Reductio ad absurdum: better a thousand innocents die in a terrorist bombing than one American be temporarily inconvenienced in his/her pursuit of weaponry.

Smug American Jihadi, al Qaeda spokesman Adam Gadahn, has already tipped off his colleagues as to how easy it is for lone wolves to avail themselves of the tools of their trade on the American free market.  Everything from throwing stars to .50 caliber sniper rifles that can kill from a mile away and/or take down low-flying aircraft are readily available to any buyer—few to no questions asked.

Here’s how he put it:

America is absolutely awash with easily obtainable firearms. You can go down to a gun show at the local convention center and come away with a fully automatic assault rifle, without a background check, and most likely without having to show an identification card. So what are you waiting for?

Where it stands, right now, these are the people who can’t legally purchase a gun in America:

Convicted felons, fugitives, convicted drug users, those adjudicated to be mentally defective, illegal aliens, those dishonorably discharged from military, those who have renounced their US citizenship, subjects of a protective order, those convicted of misdemeanor domestic abuse, those under indictment for crimes carrying a sentence of one year or more.

So.  Right now, in the US, you cannot board an airplane if you are on the FBI’s Terror Watch List but you can buy guns and explosives to use on the ground, in the subway, on a train, etc. but, then, I guess we don’t have an amendment that guarantees our right to air travel. 

One thing I did learn while researching this post, though, is that I actually have something in common with House Republicans: we’re both more afraid of the NRA than we are of terrorists.

Here’s the list of House Appropriations Committee Republicans who voted down the Lowey-Price Amendment because, evidently, terrorism is no longer an issue for them:

Harold Rogers, Kentucky, Chairman
C.W. Bill Young, Florida
Frank R. Wolf, Virginia
Jack Kingston, Georgia
Rodney P. Frelinghuysen, New Jersey
Tom Latham, Iowa
Robert B. Aderholt, Alabama
Kay Granger, Texas
Michael K. Simpson, Idaho
John Abney Culberson, Texas
Ander Crenshaw, Florida
John R. Carter, Texas
Rodney Alexander, Louisiana
Ken Calvert, California
Jo Bonner, Alabama
Tom Cole, Oklahoma
Mario Diaz-Balart, Florida
Charles W. Dent, Pennsylvania
Tom Graves, Georgia
Kevin Yoder, Kansas
Steve Womack, Arkansas
Alan Nunnelee, Mississippi
Jeff Fortenberry, Nebraska
Tom Rooney, Florida
Chuck Fleischmann, Tennessee
Jaime Herrera Beutler, Washington
David Joyce, Ohio
David Valadao, California
Andy Harris, MD, Maryland

Posted by Bette Noir on 07/18/13 at 11:07 AM • Permalink

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These are the same lunatics who made it illegal to put markers in fertilizer so that bombings could be investigated more easily.

Slippery slope, slippery slope,!!11!1!*


* Which is the stupidest frickin’ argument in the world.

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