It’s no secret that the current administration does not approve of gun ownership by American citizens. So overall it came as no surprise when I found a video on a blog of the white house chief of staff, Rahm Emmanual, speaking to a conference for the Brady campaign about one of his ways of preventing firearm ownership.
You see, we already have certain laws that revoke the rights of gun ownership from specific types of people, most notably felons. People that have been found guilty in a court of law of committing certain crimes, which we then now associate with not allowing them. This serves many interests, as now they can classify all sorts of crimes with a specific tag, and now outlaw somebody from gun ownership, even if they have done nothing of a related manner.
But some people still don’t fall into that trap, how do you take care of that? Rahm thinks he has an answer:
By using the no-fly list as an ad-hoc gun ban, they now have a convenient, unmonitored list that they can control at will. It was reported that as of September 2007 there were 70,000 names on the no-fly list and that it was growing at approximately 20,000 names a month. Now it’s over 1 Million! The public is not allowed access to the list so it is impossible to know if you are on it until you are not allowed to board a flight. Given some highly publicized problems with the list, is this really something that should be expanded to encompass gun control?
Given the way this will be sold to the public though, “keeping guns out of the hands of terrorists”, it would be easy to get a law such as this passed, after all, who in the general public would condemn keeping “terrorists” from owning guns? But think about it, are just terrorists on this list? How do you know? Even a group that I am not one to quote much has a section for helping those with trouble on the no-fly list (hey, they’re right on this one).
In this, Rahm hopes to create a list that at-will, the Presidency, and it’s Attorney General can ban people from any form of firearm ownership, with no regulation, and no notification. There is no real recourse once you are on it, and you can’t even find out ahead of time if you are.