The so-called Global War on Terror is having serious ramifications at home. Over the past five years we’ve watched the erosion of civil liberties in the name of “homeland security.” Now the erosion is picking up speed, with recent direct attacks on both the First Amendment and the Second Amendment.
Last month, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R) called for “a different set of rules,” restrictions on speech and press freedom to be applied to “those who would fight outside the rules of law, those who would use weapons of mass destruction, and those who would target civilians.”
The remarks were particularly ironic, considering he was speaking at a First Amendment awards banquet meant to celebrate press freedom in the state of New Hampshire. I can’t figure out why he wasn’t booed off stage.
In related news, an Islamic think tank in Detroit, Mich., has published a paper calling for the Second Amendment to be repealed.
“The war on terror has already taken an enormous toll on the First, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Amendments, and thus far, very few Americans have objected,” writes Junaid Afeef, a research associate at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding. “In light of this precedence, it seems reasonable that scaling back or even repealing the right to bear arms would be an easy task.”
Indeed, it would be easy, if Americans didn’t just decide to shoot your terrorist-supporting ass first. Remember, if guns are outlawed, only terrorists will have guns. As far as I’m concerned, anybody who comes after my guns is a terrorist and will be treated appropriately.