Rush to Judgment?

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The Obama Administration, in the person of Eric Holder, Attorney General, doesn’t want Americans to rush to judgment on the terrorist acts of Major Hasan of Fort Hood, yet is launching an unprecedented onslaught upon Americans’ Second Amendment rights, using the very same attack as justification.

  • Holder wants new federal authority to prohibit any person on the Federal Watch List (reported to be 400,000 names) from buying guns and supports confiscating guns from those on the list who possess them.

Attorney General Holder testified before Congress November 18, 2009: “The position of the Administration is that there should be a basis for law enforcement to share information about gun purchases.”

There are proposals in Congress to list and pay a federal tax of $25 per year per firearm, on current gun ownership, on our annual 1040 tax forms. Holder (and Obama) wants to expand this to have guns further controlled, and confiscation if a person gets added to the arbitrary listing on a Federal Watch List.

Remember this is the List that Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano says should include returning service personnel from the Middle East, veterans, tea party goers, pro-life activists, Town Hall attendees and like right wing ‘extremists.’ Later, we got word that anyone who was flagged as being ‘fishy’ by the White House website should be added. In other words, anyone who resists the Administration’s domestic and foreign policies is, or should be, on the List.

The Law Enforcement Alliance of America thinks Holder’s proposal is a very bad idea. Representing over 65,000 law enforcement professionals, crime victims and concerned citizens, LEAA’s Executive Director Jim Fotis replied, “Those behind the badge don’t believe more restrictions on honest gun owners is a reasonable, practical or constitutional response to acts of terrorism. As a retired officer, I know that America’s men and women in blue want to fight terrorism, to stop terrorists; not waste time keeping records on innocent gun owners!”

When we do have a terrorist, this same administration doesn’t have a consistent approach to enforcing, investigating or prosecuting terrorist acts, as shown by the mixed signals currently extant with Major Hasan, the NYC 5, and attackers of the USS Cole. Monitoring, preventing the purchase of, and confiscating the guns of over 400,000 law abiding Americans by virtue only of their names’ placement on a ‘Watch List’, after they have passed otherwise stringent background checks is a violation of not only the Second, but Fourth Amendment against unreasonable search and seizure.

As horrific as the attack at Fort Hood was by jihadi terrorist Major Hasan, MD, Psychiatrist, SoA, SWT, we do not know that he was on the Federal Watch List. Had he been, action should have been taken to strip him of his US Army commission. Nothing under law prevents or could foresee this monster from owning, possessing or using firearms in the heinous manner he did. Our system of laws is not based upon mind control or prevention of possible intent. It is based upon swift and sure punishment should a citizen break the social contract between citizens and lawful behavior.

For those who play the ‘but look what he did, had he been prevented from buying guns, this wouldn’t have happened’ card, I can only respond this is an aberrant act of terror. Honestly, ask yourself how many times in the history of our country (or the world, for that matter) have we had medical psychiatrists run amok, wounding and killing dozens of his/her patients, regardless of type of weapon?

Criminals and terrorists by definition and action are outside the mainstream of lawful and moral activity. Rushing to seize firearms because we ‘should not’ call a terrorist a terrorist is a violation of American Constitutional rights and liberty.