Its a storm of epic Constitutional proportions.
Donald Trump, the firebrand huckster trying to nail the Republican nomination, came out today in favor of weaving the names on the terrorist watchlist into the NICS database.
A list, mind you, which is arbitrary, secret, with no judicial oversight.
A list that would mean people would be denied their Constitutional Right to Keep and Bear Arms, and be denied without Due Process.
Every question on the 4473 form (The Brady Background Check form) addresses and deals with people who, by virtue of having had their day in court, are a *prohibited person*….either adjudicated mentally incompetent, have a felony conviction, were dishonorably discharged from military service (this requires a courts martial, which is your day in court military-style), etc.
We are treading on VERY thin ice in this country if the terror watchlist gets mixed in with the NICS database. It will open the door to *secret lists* of people who will then be denied their First amendment rights….their Fifth Amendment Rights….on and on.
I don’t give a damn what the idiots in the asylum want. I am NOT about to trade Freedom for a false sense of security. If this is allowed to happen, we are then marching firmly down the same path which Nazi Germany walked over 75 years ago.
We, as a People, cannot allow the goobermint to get away with a blatant Constitutional violation the likes of secret lists being used to deny Rights.
It. Cannot. Stand.
To all of the readership, all of the folk who own my holsters, general lurkers, etc….
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, may the upcoming Holiday Season bring to you the happiness and goodwill you wish for.
Warmest Regards, and deepest Thanks to all of you.
Dennis aka: Dragon
From the Tampa Tribune, which isn’t known for being Right-Leaning, with one of their authors/journalists who also isn’t known for being Right-Leaning.
Looks like they are finally waking up to the ass-hattery of the schlong-sucking toadies who have multiple orgasms every time there is a mass-shooting because they love to dance in the blood of those that were murdered in order to further their twisted Utopian view of Rainbow-farting Unicorns prancing through fields of periwinkle.
Just go read it. Its fucking fantastic, and it lays bare the Totalitarian world view of the Democrats who want to subjugate the entirety of the American Citizenry to arbitrary and capricious feel-good bullshit.
Both Europe and the Middle East have been at odds with one another, or with their neighbors, for longer than recorded history. I mean, wars had been fought over swaths of desert and sand, or swaths of cold, wet, miserable mountain regions (the majority of the European mainland is mountainous, and the British/Irish/Scottish isles are cold, wet, and foggy…).
The major conflagrations of our recent history as humans have started either in Europe or the Middle East proper, or were started in other countries under the influence of meddling Europeans and Middle- Easterns in wars of proxy (just look at how the Brits fucked up the Isreali – Arab situation, or how the French totally screwed the pooch in IndoChina.).
So are we now witnessing the first moves in the next World War chessgame, with he opening salvo’s being the Paris massacre, the Turks shooting down a Russian plane, etc., with our illustrious douchenozzle in the White House playing the part of Neville Chamberlain?
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Thanks all for the feedback!
There has been much bloviating by the New York Daily News (a tabloid-type rag popular in New York City) about how the NRA is *helping terrorists get guns*.
These Mental Midgets are truly idiots of the highest order, and I was going to go on the attack until I found a VERY well written thread on The BookFace, and being rather adverse to sitting and typing on the keyboard, I found it better to just copy/paste to save time. Besides, he’s much more polite than I would be…
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Why the Terrorist Watchlist cannot be used in the FBI/NICS database:
“No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”
Let’s examine part of that, the relevant bit. “… nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law …”
Liberty would include constitutionally protected rights. So in order to restrict someone’s 2nd Amendment right to possess arms, you need to take them through the steps of Due Process. You have to get the courts involved FOR THAT INDIVIDUAL. You cannot simply declare an entire class of people to be prohibited persons.
Under the law, those convicted of certain crimes are prohibited persons, as are those convicted of various drug offenses, or found to be drug abusers or addicts by the courts. Also barred from possessing firearms are those who have been dishonorably discharged from the military (a process usually involving a court martial), those who have voluntarily renounced their citizenship, illegal aliens (who, by definition, are criminals), and anyone found /by a court/ to be mentally deficient.
You cannot arbitrarily add names to the NICS list. The terror watch list and no-fly lists are arbitrary lists of names. No judges were involved in creation of those lists. No one has to be convicted of a crime to be placed on that list. Adding everyone on that list to the category of prohibited persons is not only unconstitutional, but anyone suggesting it should be done is demonstrating either a woeful misunderstanding of how the constitution works, or absolute malfeasance toward the entire American legal system and American constitutional rights. Either way, they have no place determining how things should be run in this country.
Should KNOWN terrorists be on the NICS list? Yes, they should. If you can prove to a judge that this person is a terrorist, they should be barred from possessing firearms. But you have to go through the steps. If you have to obtain a ruling ex parte, so be it. Sometimes there’s no way around it (the defendant cannot be found or refuses extradition to the US, etc). In those cases, I’m sure a judge would allow the case to proceed without the defendant being present, as long as a lawyer were appointed to represent his interests. If the evidence shows that the person is a terrorist, then put them on the NICS list and keep them there until they appear to contest the ruling. Then they can examine the evidence against them, craft a defense, etc.
Due Process. It’s not just for breakfast anymore.
Four days. Thats when it starts. September 1st, running through September 30th. The Kilted to Kick Cancer fundraiser.
Yes, Dragon Leatherworks has donated one of our Signature Series Crocodile skin holsters to the prize packages.
But more than that, I’m competing in the fundraiser, donning a kilt every day for the whole month of September. On a side note, riding the motorcycle will be….interesting.
My younger brother is also competing, so I have to at least make a better showing in my rookie outing than he does. Hell, I would like to come in the top five.
Its for a great cause….one out of seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. One out of 32 diagnosed will succomb to it. The fundraiser is for a worthy cause! Just click here to make a donation:
Once you select a donation amount and proceed to checkout, you’ll be presented with the Team List. Simply click Team Dragon, then complete the checkout process. We get the credit for pulling in the donation, you get to help raise money to help fight prostate cancer….its a win-win!
So we have an 18 year old criminal who was:
1) In possession of a 9mm handgun. Broke the law in TN with underage possession.
2) Used said handgun to rob a convenience store. Thats another law broken. Count so far: 2.
3) Held clerk behind the counter at gunpoint. Another law broken. Count is now: 3.
4) Said gun was most likely stolen as it had its serial number filed off. Broken Law #4.
Friend of clerk is in the parking lot, sees what is going on. Friend retrieves handgun from glovebox, enters store, fires ONE SHOT, kills robber.
Here’s the rub…the Good Samaritan is a felon, and he was not allowed to be in possession of a handgun. Knoxville authorities are not pressing charges because, under TN Statute, coming to the aid of a person who’s life is being threatened and removing that threat of deadly force with your own deadly force is legal.
And now the mom of the dead criminal is wanting “justice” because, in her mind, someone should have just called 911 so that her angelic choirboy son could be alive and in jail instead of dead and pushing up daisies.
Ummm….no. You threaten someones life with a gun, you should expect to get shot at. This nascent criminal obviously did a poor job of his victim selection process, didn’t consider all the variables, and paid the price for his mistake.
Now…mommy can most assuredly press charges on her own and take it to court. But any attorney worth his salt will tell her to not waste her money, because it just won’t go anywhere and she’ll most likely lose that crapshoot.
Help a friend!
Nutshell version: a friend (who is a Veteran) has squatters in a home she is trying to sell. The legal bills are mounting. She has a GoFundMe page where donations can be made directly.
Folks that know me know that I’m the type to poke a hornets nest and giggle like a maniac, and yeah, I’m doing it again, this time using the whole Hugo Awards / Sad Puppy kerfuffle to try to do something nice.
Up on FleaBay there are a pair of hand-crafted holsters, one right-handed and one left-handed, embossed with a Sad Puppy holding a rocket in its mouth. No, its not a Hugo rocket….more like a V-2. 😉
The links are here:
All proceeds (after FleaBay takes its cut, naturally) will be placed into Nicki’s GoFundMe. She has stated that any unused funds from the crowdfunding will be donated to a charity that benefits Homeless Veterans.
So go…do something nice, and bid on a holster.