Thursday, August 30, 2007

The Yellowstream Media And All The News That's Fit To Spin

By Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President
National Rifle Association

“Thousands Wrongly Listed on Terror Watch List”—Newsday

“U.S. to Block Gun Buyers Tied To Terror”—New York Times

"Those two headlines tell the story of deep media duplicity.

When it comes to well-placed fears over widespread errors, civil liberties abuses and injustices involving tens of thousands of innocent Americans whose names have been indelibly added to huge federal “terror watchlists,” the mainstream media is on the job, on point. Their concern is well-founded.

Yet that concern evaporates when the Washington-based media enthusiastically reports those very same lists will be used to bar suspected “terrorists” from buying guns under legislation introduced by U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ). In their coverage of S. 1237, there is never a hint about deeply flawed, inaccurate lists, about the impossibility of ever getting off those lists or about the abuses by federal bureaucrats who manage the lists.

But in truth, Lautenberg’s bill is not centered on “no fly lists,” or “terror watch lists.” It’s far worse than that. Lautenberg’s S. 1237 isn’t about just “barring gun sales to terrorists.” It is about giving a future attorney general of the United States—think, a Hillary Clinton administration—power to declare anyone to be a “prohibited person” on a par with a convicted felon or fugitive from justice, all done in total secrecy.

The criteria for this edict—making continued gun ownership a federal felony—will be based upon some faceless bureaucrat deciding a person is “appropriately suspected” of some link to terror.

Easily, the worst part of this secret “star chamber” proposal to take away an individual’s Second Amendment rights through a top secret declaration is the language that makes it impossible for anyone to mount a defense.

“… any information which the Attorney General relied on for this determination may be withheld from the applicant if the Attorney General determines that disclosure of the information would likely compromise national security.”

You won’t see that actual language from the legislation quoted in the gun-ban national media. They don’t want the American people to know what this legislation really does.

And what it does is violate the Constitution of the United States—not just the Second Amendment.

The Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution says, in part, “No person shall … be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law … .”

Yet this is exactly what Lautenberg and his gun ban axis would do.

Again, let me repeat what this legislation actually does.

Lautenberg’s S. 1237 gives the U.S. attorney general total discretionary power to make firearm possession or ammunition possession a felony for any individual American by a simple, secret stroke of the pen, with no due process whatsoever."

But seriously now, what DID you expect from a Lautenberg? The people who vote for him do not, among other things, believe in the right to keep and bear arms. If everyone did, then neither he or anyone else would dare to propose such legislation.

To beat the Lautenberg's we must first and foremost educate as many of the people as we can. And yes, I know that's the reason the liberals like their constituency to be chockerblock with under-educated serfs, but not ALL of their enablers are minorities who can be bought for a better seat on the gravy train.

There's hope and a lot of it, hell, even Texas finally passed a Castle Doctrine, but the fight is going to be tedious and lengthy. Even a mighty Redwood dies from the top down, and since we've not the manpower to simply uproot these hoodlums we must learn from nature and erode.

It's worked for THEM, time and time again.

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