Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Guns, Terrorism, and Immigration: Reaction to the News of December 8th, 2015

Written on December 8th, 2015
Edited on December 12th, 2015

To those who say that a law from the 1950s rightfully bans Muslims from entering the country because Muslims’ loyalty to their religion trumps their loyalty to America: Christians’ loyalty to their religion does the same thing. In 2014, Oregon Republican congressional candidate James Buchal told an audience “we have no king but Jesus.” Also, only one of the two San Bernardino shooters was born outside of the United States, and there have been reports that there were three white male shooters, instead of the two people we’re being told committed the mass shooting.
To those who say we should stop people on the no-fly list and/or the terror watch list from getting guns: seventy-two Department o Homeland Security employees were on the terror watch list as of August 2015, and the no-fly list has included a two-year-old, an eight-year-old with a name similar to a suspected terrorist, now deceased Senator Ted Kennedy, former judge Andrew Napolitano, and current U.S. Representative Don Young. Also, the Fifth Amendment says nobody may be deprived of property (including guns, and the right to get them) without due process of law. Also, the San Bernardino shooters did not fly from their home to the site of the shooting, nor were they on the no-fly list.
To those who say the Second Amendment only gives us the right to own muskets, and that it was written before machine guns, and only gives the right to bear arms to well-regulated militias: the Second Amendment does not give rights, it preserves already existing rights; every male between 18 and 45 were legally defined as “the militia” under the U.S. Code, also the National Guard (today’s official “regulated” “militia”) didn’t exist until the early 1900s; and the first machine guns existed at least 70 years before the Second Amendment was written, so the framers knew about such advanced weapons.
To those who criticize Donald Trump for his statements commending FDR’s proclamations bringing about the detention of 110,000 Japanese Americans during World War II: I’m glad you’ve finally decided to admit that FDR wasn’t all he’s cracked up to be. Maybe now, you’d like to criticize him for cheating the American public out of 28% of the value of the gold that his government stole from them, as well as for confiscating and destroying food produced on private property simply because it would have been unfair if the producers had decided to sell it. And maybe those FDR supporters with German and Italian ancestry should admit that if FDR had been consistent about interning people who supposedly had ancestral or genetic loyalty to the Axis Powers, your grandparents would have been born in internment camps.

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