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Kurt_and_Hunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-10 10:40 AM
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The insanity of people on No-Fly list being allowed to buy guns isn't obviously insane
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Edited on Thu May-06-10 11:33 AM by Kurt_and_Hunter
This post is about how we think about and analyze civil liberties, not advocacy for any particular position on the specific topic issue.

The no-fly gun buy issue boils down to the debatable question of whether one considers gun ownership to be an American right.

If it is a right then there is nothing insane about a person on the No-Fly list being able to buy a gun if such a purchase is otherwise legal. The government cannot strip someone of a right by putting their name on a list.

We do not have a right to drive. It appears that we do not have a right to fly.

We have a right to self-publish comic books. And we seem to have a right to buy a gun. (Even Obama says gun ownership is an individual right.)

Putting someone on the No-Fly list (a unilateral administrative action) would not be sufficient to bar them from publishing their comic book, practicing their religion, being tried by a jury of their peers...

So it isn't sufficient to strip someone of their right to gun ownership, if that is a right. And if is is not a right but a privilege, as traveling on an airplane seems to be, then the question is quite different.

Note that barring gun-buying by people on the no-fly list (sane) and Joe Lieberman's call to strip those accused of terrorist association of rights of citizenship (insane) are actually exactly the same... if gun-buying is a right of citizenship.

I am not arguing that it is a right, or that it isn't a right. I am merely noting that the question is definitive.

(Disclosure: I have never even fired a gun.)
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