Wednesday, May 20, 2009

An enemy of The People: Carolyn McCarthy

Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, the Democrat who represents New York's 4th District, wants our guns. She always has, and it doesn't much matter to her how she gets them.

McCarthy is well-known for her obsessive, grief-fueled pursuit of gun-grabbing measures. A week ago, and for the third time since 2005, she introduced The No Fly, No Buy Act (H.R. 2401), which would combine the TSA’s no-fly list with the National Instant Criminal Background Check System that determines a citizen's eligibility to buy a firearm. Her rationale?
"If someone is denied the chance to board an airplane because of suspected ties to terrorists, then they should also be denied the opportunity to purchase a gun. This is a common sense gun bill that will prevent guns from falling into the wrong hands."
I'll take those in order: no, they shouldn't; and no, it won't. Liberty won't stand for it, and neither will we.

There are about a million names on the TSA's no-fly list, that federal fecal roster that's growing by an estimated 20,000 records a month. The database is notoriously unreliable, laughably so, cataloguing the names of legislators, governors, journalists and even infants.

It's manifest whimsy, both political and bureaucratic. The majority of Americans don't even trust the list to "prevent" real terrorists from boarding commercial aircraft, and there are far too many law-abiding citizens on that list to justify merging it with the NICS.

This criminally foolish legislation, this latest McCarthyism, bears no resemblance whatsoever to "common sense." McCarthy is wielding a ideological bludgeon and she knows it -- she simply doesn't care, as long as she can take another small step toward completely disarming the American public.

As existing gun laws go unenforced, McCarthy and her anti-liberty cronies will keep proposing new laws that seek to trample the Second Amendment. Even if No Fly, No Buy again dies in committee, as it should, our constitutional right to keep and bear arms will remain under attack -- that much is clear.

The People's charge, then, is equally clear: vigilance.