LA Times breaks with media, Obama on gun ban

The Los Angeles Times editorial board broke this week with major newsrooms and President Obama, and announced that it opposes efforts to strip suspects on the federal government's terrorist watch list of their Second Amendment rights.

"One problem is that the people on the no-fly list (as well as the broader terror watch list from which it is drawn) have not been convicted of doing anything wrong," the newspaper's board said.

"They are merely suspected of having terror connections. And the United States doesn't generally punish or penalize people unless and until they have been charged and convicted of a crime. In this case, the government would be infringing on a right guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution — and yes, like it or not, the right to buy a gun is a constitutional right according to the U.S. Supreme Court," the board added.

Much like the Republican senators who voted last week against the measure championed by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the LA Times believes it's unfair and unconstitutional to deprive citizens of their rights without due process. But Democratic lawmakers and the president don't quite see it that way.

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