"There seems to be a strong sentiment in Congress that the only constitutional right suspected terrorists have is the right to bear arms.
“I think you’re going too far here,” said Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina at a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday. He was speaking in opposition to a bill that would keep people on the F.B.I. terrorist watch list from buying guns and explosives.
Yes, if you are on the terrorist watch list, the authorities can keep you from getting on a plane but not from purchasing an AK-47. This makes sense to Congress because, as Graham accurately pointed out, “when the founders sat down and wrote the Constitution, they didn’t consider flying.”
They also didn't consider being attacked by Islamic extremists, so I guess the Federal government should leave the states to deal with that too.
"Graham wanted to make it clear that just because he doesn’t want to stop gun purchases by possible terrorists, that doesn’t mean he’s not tough on terror.
“I am all into national security. … I want to stop reading these guys their Miranda rights,” he said."
"I am all into national security," all right, as long as it doesn't threaten any of my campaign contributions.
“Let me emphasize that none of us wants a terrorist to be able to purchase a gun,” said Senator Susan Collins of Maine, who nevertheless went on to argue against allowing the government to use the terrorist watch list to keep anyone from being able to purchase, um, a gun."
Let me emphasize that Susan Collins and Lindsey Graham are two of the Republicans that are supposedly reasonable and that Democrats are supposed to be able to deal with.
This political party has fallen off a cliff. I fear that we are like Moses, and this country is going to have to wander in a barren political wilderness for 40 years, until all of these people die off, before we can have a decent environment in which to live.