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A New York Times editorial advocates for a new law allowing a secret court to take away citizens’ right to own a gun at the discretion of the federal government.
Citing the Orlando terror attack that left 50 dead including the shooter and 53 wounded at a gay nightclub, the piece advocates for a “no-buy” list similar to “no-fly” lists. Under the law, suspected terrorists would not be able to buy a gun. In an attempt to ensure the integrity of the lists and preserve due process, the author proposes people only be added to this no-buy list after a secret court rules they are ineligible, similar to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court hearings where the federal government obtains permission to wiretap. Under this proposal, an American who has never been convicted of a crime could be denied their right to buy a gun simply because a secret court decided it should be that way.
The piece is written by Adam Winkler, a U.C.L.A. School of Law professor. Winkler argues the secret court is a good idea because the same kind of court is already used for government surveillance, and historically, the U.S. has committed worse rights violations such as Japanese internment camps.
NYTimes Editorial: Congress Should Secretly Suspend Second Amendment Rights
originally posted by: Sillyosaurus
Is this so the person in question can shop around and not pay the fees through an unlicensed dealer?
How would that have stopped this tragic event?
originally posted by: tinymind
a reply to: xuenchen
Not knowing a lot about the "ins and outs" of this whole legal system I have to ask.
How could the government enforce a law which is directly unconstitutional?
How would the congress go about " suspending" an amendment to the Constitution?
originally posted by: gladtobehere
a reply to: xuenchen
Are we still in America?
Enough with "citizen watch lists". "No fly list". "No buy list". And right on cue, "citizen kill lists".
Obama ‘kill list’ paper leaked, includes criteria for assassinating US citizens.
Why is the government so scared of due process?
Are we supposed to believe that someone on this list is "such a threat", that the only restriction is that they "cant fly" or, as is being suggested, cant buy a gun?
If they were really such a danger, shouldnt they be arrested, tried, convicted, deported and or incarcerated?
Obviously, something isnt right here.
Seems like yet another way to strip Americans of our rights. Always start with the least popular group.
Government's primary function is to protect our rights. Instead, they seem to be the ones constantly chipping away at our rights.