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The Rights of Terrorists?

© John Sherffius

Don’t get me wrong — I’m all for the second amendment. But some people’s priorities seem a bit screwed up. I also believe in free speech, but that doesn’t include the right to yell “fire” in a crowded theater. So why is it that someone on the terrorist watch list can be stopped from boarding an airplane and we are even talking about taking away their Miranda rights, but the FBI cannot stop them from buying dynamite or automatic weapons like AK-47s?



  1. Greg wrote:

    How many men are created equal?

    There’s a difference between the right to bear arms, and legal rights.

    Even legal rights apply to criminals.

    Monday, May 10, 2010 at 9:15 am | Permalink
  2. Zach wrote:

    The are NOT! terrorists. They are on the terrorist watch list and have not gone through trial yet. We shouldn’t persecute them or take away their rights because an executive or head of homeland security ‘says’ they’re a terrorist. I’m all for convicted terrorists not being able to buy ak-47’s but if you take away ak-47’s from someone at the list, then make ak-47’s illegal for everyone. We shouldn’t allow this type of discrimination.

    Also, to reiterate I’m not a hypocritical conservative who wants to take other rights away, before a conviction they should have full rights.

    Monday, May 10, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Permalink
  3. H. Rider Haggard wrote:

    Like Zach sez.

    In addition, think about it: The 9/11 terrorists used airplanes as weapons of mass destruction, not AK47’s or dynamite. Their kill ratio was 2976/19≈157. The high potential kill ratio makes it kind of important to keep potential terrorists off of airplanes. (And we should be doing more to take wrongly-suspected folks off the no-fly list.)

    With dynamite or an AK47 your kill ratio is gonna be 15-50, tops. It’s less important to worry about.

    Fertilizer and diesel fuel is another matter entirely. McVeigh’s kill ratio was 168/1, and was not infinite only because he was executed.

    Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 11:47 am | Permalink