KORWIN: No Fly List = No Buy List = Gun Confiscation List
Say what? What’s really insane is that the all-democrat audience applauded wildly when the person currently in the White House said it. What did he say?
“Right now, people on the no-fly list can walk into a store and buy a gun. That is insane. If you’re too dangerous to board a plane, you’re too dangerous, by definition, to buy a gun.”
That’s a direct quote from Barack Hussein Obama.
The president took an oath “to preserve, protect and defend” our Constitution. Yet he would deny people their fundamental constitutional human and civil rights based on, what, exactly? A list maintained by his administration with no known parameters for adding people to the list.
The list was started by George W. Bush after the Muslim jihad struck the World Trade Towers in 2001, with about 400 names. Under Obama, the list grew to 10,000 names in 2011, 21,000 in 2012, and 47,000 in 2013, according to Wikipedia. The separate Terrorism Watch List reportedly had more than one million names by 2009—and the lists are mutually exclusive, you can be on one and not the other.
What are people on the no-fly list charged with? Nothing. Convicted of anything? No. How do they get on the list? It’s a secret. I asked FBI agents at the Las Vegas SHOT Show in January 2016 about all this and confirmed those answers.
Who maintains the list? Police. Federal police actually, from the Terrorist Screening Center, an FBI branch you can’t deal with. They prefer to be called agents. A secret police list (we’re not supposed to have secret police anything here in this supposedly free country)—denies your rights, and Obama’s side—the democrats—are cheering.
How Does This No-Fly List Work?
People have not even thought about the mechanics of this proposal. Can people on the no-fly list just walk past the TSA checkpoint, screening devices, bomb swabs and X-rays with a gun, or knife or bomb? Normal people can’t (or so we’re told). Don’t those safeguards work on them—is that why we even need a no-fly list? Maybe checkpoints are just a feel-good scam to keep us in line like the skeptics say, and the no-fly list makes sense?
Obama didn’t say, and reporters didn’t ask. It must be too obvious to question. Either the devices don’t work at all, or those people are really dangerous—they could down an aircraft with a karate chop. Who are these people? (It’s a secret, don’t ask.)
If they’re that dangerous, why are they still walking around free? (Oh, that’s easy, they haven’t been convicted of anything, or even charged.) Can they still take Amtrak to Cincinnati, or a bus, or car, or walk? Yes. So they just can’t fly there—they’re free to go, just not by plane. Why, that doesn’t even make sense! Don’t ask. You might end up on the secret list. Actually, the list of false positives is huge. I met one, a three-year old girl. Everyone knows Ted Kennedy was listed.
Mr. Obama wants to turn an arbitrary no-fly list into an equally arbitrary no-buy list, he announces it publicly with a straight face, and calls you insane if you object. Are there no limits to the man’s hubris?
And by implication, if you can’t buy a gun, you certainly can’t have any of the guns you already own, right? Those must be contraband under the same logic, and should be confiscated, by the same agents who carefully put you on the list in the first place.
This is a flat-out attempt to confiscate guns
based on a government list with no controls,
no due process, abrogation of the rule of law,
and wild cheering support from one side
of the political aisle.
The analogy is to a colored-shirt
movement last century in Europe
that led to World War II.
If ever we had a criminal mentality in charge, there it is on a platter.
Alan Korwin is the author of 14 books, 10 of them on gun law. His book After You Shoot examines ways to lower your risks after a self-defense shooting. He has been invited twice to observe oral argument in gun cases at the U.S. Supreme Court. Reach him at GunLaws.com, where he is the publisher of Bloomfield Press.