A bit of Anthropology today. There’s been a lot of debate about terror lists and gun control in the wake of the Orlando shootings. Many assert that if you are on that list, you should be forbidden from purchasing a firearm, which seems pretty logical. On the other side of the coin, there are a small percentage of people that end up on the list by mistake and gun lobbyists are arguing that to deprive individuals on the terror list from buying weapons would inevitably deny a small amount of law abiding citizens the right to bear arms. Trey Gowdy, a Republican representative from South Carolina, took aim at this fact in a recent debate in the House. He challenged another to name any other amendments (or constitutional law) where individuals were unduly denied a right and had to appeal for that incorrectly assigned prejudice to be overturned.
Mr. Gowdy, I know you mean currently, but if you please:
Blacks were denied the freedom to be free, then vote, then integrate, then earn equal pay, a chance at a decent education and a fair shake by law enforcement because all black people were on an ‘incapable-of-educated-thought list’.
Women were denied the freedom to vote, hold most jobs, own property and keep their wages because all women were on a ‘having-a-vagina-is-incompatible-with-sustained-rational-behavior list’.
Homosexuals were denied the freedom to marry and adopt children because all homosexuals were on a ‘morally-reprehensible list’.
Transgenders are denied the freedom to use bathrooms for the sex with which they identify because all transgenders are on a ‘pedophiles list’.
Unless you think those laws were appropriate at the time.
I think America has a pretty decorated history of mistakenly adding people to exclusionary lists that don’t really jive with a constitution built around freedom from oppression. So before you sound off too loudly about a tiny fraction of people on a terrorist list in that self-righteous southern drawl, remember the other times this country unduly ‘chilled’ individuals to protect the interests of citizens and country.
Fighting against undue exclusion of individuals is always a great cause and I’m a huge advocate for it. But if you’re willing to chance a gun finding its way into a terrorist’s hand to protect all of the good people that should have the right to bear arms, then you should be willing to chance a pedophile finding their way into a restroom to protect all of the good people that should have the right to gender-identify.
Hypocrisy is a shitty trait.