Imagine if politicians could be traded to other political parties like athletes are traded to rival teams. Wouldn’t that be great? I’d love to send Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine packing. She’s been a horrible teammate over the years. Frankly, I’m surprised she didn’t participate in the Democrats’ anti-Second Amendment sit-in (aka fundraiser) on the Hill earlier this week after she introduced “The Bipartisan Terrorist Firearms Prevention Act of 2016.”
Susan Collins’ bill was designed to prevent people on the no-fly list and the lesser-known selectee list from purchasing firearms. However, as often is the case, this particular bill would do nothing to prevent homegrown terrorist attacks like we experienced here in Orlando at the Pulse nightclub just two weeks ago. Although I applaud the senator’s desire to stop mass shootings, her bill is a total waste of time for three reasons:
1) It’s an overreaction to an item, over simplification of the threat and an under-reaction to an ideology, Islamist fascism.
2) This legislation, were it to pass, would likely infringe upon the Second Amendment rights of many innocent American citizens before due process ran its course. In other words, under our Constitution, you’re innocent until proven guilty, not vice versa.
3) Additional laws won’t change fundamental beliefs – or hearts.
Guns don’t get to choose their owners. Therefore, I wish there were a 30-day waiting period in place that prohibited lawmakers from politicizing mass shootings before hearing all of the data and evidence, and that would allow the families affected to mourn their loss in private. It would give everyone involved, as well as those not directly affected, time to process their thoughts and emotions without drawing irrational conclusions. Unfortunately, politicians know that the best time to capitalize on legislation, like it or not, is in the immediate aftermath of a tragedy.
Take, for instance, guns. Did you know that in the two decades prior to the “assault weapons” ban, there were 18 mass shootings annually? There were 19 mass shootings annually during the decade of the assault weapons ban and 21 per year after the ban, according to Northeastern University professor of criminology, James Alan Fox. As you can see, the mass shootings increased after the ban was implemented. This is what happens when we mistakenly focus on items, like a gun, rather than troubled individuals – or in the wake of the San Bernardino mass shooting and the Pulse shooting here in Orlando, when we focus on a gun rather than the real threat, Islamic terrorists, whether homegrown or abroad.
This is why I’m so troubled by Susan Collins’ bill. As constituents, why should we believe that any kind of “bipartisan” gun legislation wouldn’t adversely affect those of us that own one or more of America’s over 300,000,000 guns? Gun owners like myself would never even think of committing such an evil act. Yet, like the deceased “Liberal Liar” Sen. Ted Kennedy, we could find ourselves arbitrarily placed on the no-fly list. Were there a laser-like focus from both sides of the political aisle on how to thwart and destroy Islamic terrorism on American soil, perhaps there’d be some legislation worth considering – but that isn’t the case.
In fairness, in her benevolent kindness, Sen. Collins, graciously admitted there would be a federal appeals process to those who were wrongly placed on the list. Great. Thanks, your majesty.
Meanwhile, the Islamic terrorists amongst us get to plot and plan there evil schemes, while evading capture from federal and local authorities that are hindered by political correctness flowing downstream from the president. More gun laws don’t have the power to stop Islamic fundamentalists simply because they subscribe to a higher authority that is the real threat to infidels like us: Allah, not an AR-15.