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The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.
--Cornelius Tacitus (c. 116 A.D.)

Thursday, June 06, 2002
Well lookee here. A Zogby poll conducted for the Second Amendment Foundation found that 74% (+/- 3.2%) of those polled agree with the Justice Department's current postion that the second amendment "guarantees you the individual right to keep and bear arms." So in what way is Ashcroft a radical on that one? You want radical? Try the book entitled "Every handgun is aimed at you" put out by a subsection of the Violence Policy Center (the Sarah Brady people.)
A detailed breakdown of the stats can be found here, including the text of the question.
posted by Rachel 6/6/2002
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Oh fer chrissake. I'm so sick of the complete absence of common sense displayed by the numnuts who wax hysterical at any action Ashcroft takes. Is Ashcroft a dolt? Maybe. Is fingerprinting and registering visitors to the US a bad idea? Maybe. Is it illegal? No. Is it racist? No. Is it unethical in a classical sense? No.

People in the US on Visas are not US citizens. They are here because the US has granted them permission to be here. If that permission is made contingent on being fingerprinted and registered then that is the legitimate prerogative of the US government. This is not about internment camps. This is about keeping track of visitors to the US.

I was planning to attend school in Scotland for a few years back in high school. One of the requirements of a student visa in Scotland is to be photographed, fingerprinted, and registered with the local police. This for an American female college student. Was I considered a possible security risk by any stretch of the imagination? No. Were those requirements reasonable? Yes.

Have people in the US on student visas killed large numbers of US citizens within the past year? Yes. Would registering them have stopped that? Probably not. Is that a sufficient or compelling argument against registering them? No. Why? Because the burden placed upon them by being fingerprinted and registered is not unduly onerous. They are not US citizens and therefore they do not have the same legitimate expectation of freedom while in the US that a citizen would have. All the frothing by Zogby won't change that. Update:(That's James Zogby of the Arab American Institute, not the polling company.)

posted by Rachel 6/6/2002
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