New York City pols look to trample the First and Second Amendments
Two New York lawmakers are working to draft a bill that would propose a social media check before a gun purchase.
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and state Sen. Kevin Palmer’s proposal would allow authorities to review three years of social media history and one year of internet search history of any person seeking to purchase a firearm.
“A three-year review of a social media profile would give an easy profile of a person who is not suitable to hold and possess a fire arm,” Adams explains.
The two are hoping to identify any hate speech on social media profiles, which are often revealed only after someone is arrested in a mass shooting.
The elected officials in question admit their proposal raises serious First Amendment concerns, on top of the Second Amendment issues. But they brush those aside.
We would remind the worthies that George Orwell's "1984" is not a how-to manual.