It has been a week since the horrible massacre in Orlando, and so Fox News has deemed it time to talk about guns, but not in a good way. Their crazy resident 'Judge' Jeanine Pirro stepped up to lead off the shouting match, with a rant on guns.
But before she got to that, she gave the Fox News tacit nod to keeping guns out of the hands of people on the no-fly list, which is certainly a common sense thing, but hardly a solution.
"Any rights you had take a back seat to our national security," Pirro began. "If you're on a no-fly list, a terror watch list, if you're under a terror investigation - you have no Second Amendment right, you cannot buy a gun and you cannot fly on a plane."
Well, that's a little bit of progress, although as I've said, that's a tiny, itty-bitty thing. The only change in our laws that will make any difference would be an outright ban on assault-style weapons, like we had once upon a time until Republicans allowed it to expire. And even THAT didn't go far enough, but it certainly made us safer than we are today.
But in classic Fox News style, she toed the NRA/Fox News line by blaming government for today's epidemic of mass killings, urging viewers to get a gun, because of course they can't trust the government.
The full transcript is below, via Fox News.
It’s real simple. You don't like America. You want to cheer as the World Trade Center comes down. You want to meet with a known suicide bomber?
Ok - then you've given up your rights at the altar of American freedom.
If there is a terror investigation on any level - you lose your right to fly, your right to buy a gun and your right to privacy.
Any rights you had take a back seat to our national security. If you're on a no-fly list, a terror watch list, if you're under a terror investigation - you have no Second Amendment right, you cannot buy a gun and you cannot fly on a plane. Period.
We cannot allow you to do this to us again. And we will not allow you to use our Constitution as a shield while you put our loved ones, our neighbors and our nation in danger or worse.
Look, our government is simply not doing enough with the information it has. Federal agencies don't always share information with local law enforcement unless there's a joint terrorist task force. And even then agency competition and all that goes with it hurts investigations.
Laws must be changed. We saw it when the FBI investigated the Boston bombers, and were too blind to connect the dots where Homeland Security simply allowed Tamerlan Tsarnaev to fly back and forth to Chechnya
That same FBI interviewed Mateen - the Orlando shooter - three times. Mateen told them his anti-American comments were simply a response to what he perceived as anti-Muslim comments. He was turning the tables on us while basically tapping into our politically correct islamophobic guilt. Part of the reason for closing the case was that Mateen was a security guard, so he must be ok.
I've always been a fan of Jim Comey's. But I couldn’t believe this one when I heard it.
I don't want to hear there's nothing the FBI could have done differently, especially when they keep telling us more terror attacks are coming.
So you just sit back and say we couldn't stop it?
Come up with some ideas, Jim. Like matching a no-fly list, a terror watch list, with the purchase of a gun. How tough is that?
We don't want to hear this nonsense that to do so might alert a terrorist and harm an investigation. Hell, the FBI visited Mateen three times. You don't think he knew he was being watched?
And pray tell why does the FBI even remove people from a terror watch list? If there's no probable cause to make a criminal case, then don't arrest the guy!
But don't use our freedoms as a rationalization to free people up who want to kill us and take them off the list.
So, you don't have probable cause to charge them with a crime. That doesn't mean that you can't keep them on a watch list based on reasonable suspicion - a lesser standard of proof. Hell, the NSA’s got all our metadata and know everything about the rest of us. Why can’t you have a list? You're not locking them up, you’re not convicting them of a crime, you’re not jailing them. You are simply stopping them from buying a gun.
And what's with this nonsense that words like Sharia and jihad are scrubbed from the FBI’s lexicon and intelligence reports? You guys are so hogtied you don’t have the ability to even think logically anymore.
Jim, you’re the head of the FBI. It's not impossible. You're J. Edgar Hoover. Make them pass a law. And if a judge wants to let them fly somewhere then make them pay for a U.S. marshal to accompany them, search them, search them and then search them again. Do a colonic if you have to.
And for the rest of us, I’ve told you this before - after San Bernardino. Take a look:
I'm telling you this again. Get a gun. Beause this government ain't in a position to help.