Why are “lists” so bad?

People ask me why I object so abhorrently about the no-fly list, and why I am dead set against a list of people restricted from owning firearms.  Today I found the shining example of why it’s so horrible from the UK.

An immigration officer put his own wife on a terrorist watch list – ­so she could not get home from a trip to Pakistan.”

The officer worked with a unit that puts terror and criminal suspects on the watch list of people “not conducive to the public good”. He simply had to log on to a computer database to add his wife as a ­potential suspect.”

This women was deprived of her right and liberty to return home without due process of law.  Someone was allowed to discriminate against her and prevent her from free travel.  As for a list of people restricted from owning firearms, it already exists as the NICS system.  The NICS system is severely flawed and prevents those who can lawfully obtain firearms from getting them.  All it takes is being charged and you’re forever black balled.  Lists are just a way to discriminate without due process while looking like those running it are protecting us.

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About Barron

Barron is the owner, editor, and principal author at The Minuteman, a competitive shooter, and staff member for Boomershoot. Even in his free time he’s merging his love and knowledge of computers and technology with his love of firearms. He has a BS in electrical engineering from Washington State University. Immediately after college he went into work on embedded software and hardware for use in critical infrastructure. This included cryptographic communications equipment as well as command and control devices that were using that communications equipment. Since then he’s worked on just about everything ranging from toys, phones, other critical infrastructure, and even desktop applications. Doing everything from hardware system design, to software architecture, to actually writing software that makes your athletic band do its thing.

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