Governor Dannel Malloy announced today that he will issue an executive order stripping the gun rights of some state citizens without them having been accused of or charged with a crime.
Malloy, a Democrat, said his state would become the first in the United States to implement a rule linking gun ownership to the no-fly list. President Obama has called for Congress to institute such a measure in the wake of the San Bernardino shooting last week.
“Here in America, it’s way too easy for dangerous people to get their hands on a gun,” the president said in his most recent weekly address. “Right now, people on the no-fly list can walk into a store and buy a gun. That’s insane.”
A measure that would have prevented people on no-fly lists to buy guns failed in the Senate a day after the San Bernardino shooting. Republicans argue that stripping people on the list of their Second Amendment rights is a violation of their due process.
The FBI, CIA, NSA and other intelligence services have not called for citizens on any federal list to be stripped of their constitutional rights.
This push to “Minority Report” citizens who have not done anything illegal has come from Democrat politicians and their allies in the media. They are hoping to seize upon the recent terror attacks in Paris, France and San Bernardino, California to scare citizens into giving up their rights to due process.
There are tens of thousands of people on the “no fly” list, and audits suggest that more 50-percent of them have no ties to terror groups, or are suspected of committing crimes. The only person who has even been on the “no fly” list who has ever killed someone is now-deceased Massachusetts senator Ted Kennedy.
The much larger terror watch list has ballooned under the Obama Administration to nearly million names, and at least 300,000 of the people on that list have no ties whatsoever to terror groups. People are placed on arbitrary reasons, or no reason at all.
Scott Wilson of the Connecticut Citizens Defense League, a guns rights group in the Nutmeg State, has blasted Malloy’s plot.
“Governor Malloy has gone even further into the deep end than ever before. His planning on denying purchases and likely seizing firearms of individuals are on a list that have not been charged or convicted of any wrongdoing is antithetical to every value that this country was founded on. There are millions of people on these lists, many who are not criminals or terrorists, and do not belong on it.”
“Seizing firearms from individuals would be a clear violation of ‘due process’ under the 14th amendment of our constitution, and i have a hard time envisioning a judge appointed by the state of Connecticut who would issue a warrant to search and seize when the federal Government has not even done so in a wide-spread manner. Even the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has recognized that these lists are inaccurate, unconstitutional, and unfairly target Muslims and people of color Since the governor does not have access to these federal “lists”, my hope at this point is the feds will analyze Governor Malloy’s intent and decline access. This is very scary to think that police will be showing up to houses to seize firearms from people who may have done nothing wrong. It spells serious trouble.”
Connecticut has just over 1,100 state police officers, and an estimated 80,000-100,000 gun owners who refused to register their semi-automatic rifles and standard-capacity magazines after Connecticut rammed through unconstitutional gun laws in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.