After lots of thought and reflection I have bravely decided to support common sense laws.
There is no wondering why most Americans believe Congress is doing a bad job and its approval rating has bottomed to a dreadful 13 percent.
The Senate on Monday predictably rejected four partisan gun measures offered in the wake of the Orlando massacre, including proposals to keep guns out of the hands of people on terror watch lists. Lawmakers blocked these bills despite polling that shows 55 percent of Americans support stricter gun laws, 85 percent favor preventing people who are on the U.S. government’s terrorist watch list or no-fly list from owning guns and 92 percent favor expanding background checks on gun buyers.
With such a clear mandate, Congress should be able to come together and hammer out a proposal that respects and honors the will of the majority of Americans.
Instead, what we get time and again is more political posturing and inaction; Republicans blaming Democrats; Democrats blaming Republicans; rinse and repeat. All the while, an average of 91 Americans are being killed every day with guns, gun companies are raking in billions of dollars a year and terrorists continue to plot on how to destroy our way of life.
It’s past time for Congress to stop this insane song and dance. It’s time for Republicans and Democrats to set aside their political agendas, maneuvering and rhetoric for the good of our country.
The American people demand it, and they deserve it. They deserve common-sense gun laws that protect Americans from violent criminals and terrorists, and also preserve due process and the right to bear arms.
The politicians on Capitol Hill might have us believe those concepts are mutually exclusive. But most Americans are smart enough to recognize it’s not an either-or scenario. You absolutely can protect gun rights and take practical steps to make it tougher for guns to fall in the hands of terrorists or violent offenders. But that would require Republicans and Democrats to do something that has become taboo in Washington these days: compromise.
There’s not one member of Congress who believes that someone who presents a possible terrorist threat should be able to walk into a gun store or go online and legally purchase a firearm. That’s what is so frustrating and mind-numbing to so many Americans: that politicians can agree in principle but can’t reach a consensus because of partisanship.
I think everyone who isn’t a terrorist believes that terrorists shouldn’t be able to buy guns. I would go even farther and say that terrorists should not be allowed to even possess a firearm. That’s just common sense. That is no different than saying that felons should not possess guns.
The devil is (as usual) in the details.
In order to become a convicted felon you must be convicted of a felony. There are a number of due process protections provided to anyone accused of committing a felony. You can demand to see your own criminal history and you can challenge any errors or misinformation contained therein.
In order to get put on the terrorist watch list some government employee just has to put your name on it. They don’t have to tell you when they do it. They don’t have to tell you why they did it. They don’t even have to tell you if you are on the list. If you were to ask if your name is on the list you would probably get put on the list just for asking.
We should be very careful about enacting laws that would allow faceless bureaucrats to strip us of our constitutional rights without due process. That’s just common sense.
But while we’re passing new laws there are a few common sense laws I want to propose.
We should eliminate birthright citizenship for the children of illegal immigrants.
We should screen immigrants the way we do college and job applicants. We should be very picky as to who we accept.
Immigrants who advocate things like “Make America Mexico” or who say “Fuck America” should be immediately deported.
Immigrants who break the law should be deported.
Immigrants who are unwilling to assimilate should be barred from entry/deported.
I’m gonna stop here because I just realized that if I try listing all the common sense laws we should pass I’ll never finish this post.