Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson got it wrong when he insisted to MSNBC that “gun control has to be part of homeland security.”
The Second Amendment Foundation ripped Johnson’s remarks in a scathing news release that reminded the secretary that the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms is the nation’s original “homeland security” provision.
“The threat we face today from terrorism is exactly why the Founding Fathers wrote the Second Amendment,” said Alan Gottlieb, SAF founder and executive vice president. “Every American has the right to self-defense, and for Johnson to contend that infringing on that right is the way to keep the country safe is simply preposterous.”
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Gottlieb, in a carefully-worded response to Barack Obama’s head of national security, said Johnson has it “completely backwards.”
“Nobody wants terrorists or even common street criminals to have guns. But laws that penalize honest Americans, and that ban certain types of firearms, will not prevent bad people from committing mayhem…Barack Obama and Jeh Johnson would have us believe that eviscerating the Second Amendment will somehow discourage terrorists from attacking us. That’s not just dishonest, it is delusional.”
The SAF counter-punch to Johnson’s comments came as Congress is preparing to vote on new gun control measures that may, or may not, have had any deterrent effect had they been in place when a self-styled terrorist killer opened fire in Orlando.
Several administration critics see this new push for gun restrictions as an effort to divert public attention away from Obama’s failures as commander-in-chief, and to keep the nation safe. There are other criticisms against focusing on firearms, when terrorists could just as easily fill a car full of gasoline or explosives and use it as a weapon of mass destruction.
For example, the Boston bombers didn’t use guns, but a converted pressure cooker.
“The conversation should not be about firearms, but fanatics,” Gottlieb said in his remarks Thursday. “But Johnson’s boss, Barack Obama, can’t even bring himself to acknowledge who and what the enemy is, without having a temper tantrum on live television.”
Meanwhile, the American Civil Liberties Union has apparently sided with the National Rifle Association and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms against proposed legislation barring people whose names are on a no-fly or terror watch list from buying guns. All three groups have expressed deep concerns that the current proposal ignores due process. The ACLU said the measure is “unconstitutionally vague.”
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