In the wake of the Orlando terror attack, there have been renewed calls to restrict those on the”terror watch list” or “no fly list” from obtaining firearms. This prospect is currently supported by both of the Presidential candidates, but Representative Trey Gowdy isn’t having it.
During one of his now famous Q&A sessions, Mr. Gowdy obliterated the “no fly list” argument as presented by a DHS official. Check it out:
“What process is afforded a United States citizen before that person’s Constitutional right is infringed. That (the President) is fine with doing it with the Second Amendment. My question is, how about the First? How about we not let them set up a website, or a Google account? How about we not let them join a church until they petition Government to get off the list? How about not get a lawyer? How about the 6th amendment? How about you can’t get a lawyer until you petition the government to get off the list? Or my favorite, how about the 8th amendment? We’re going to subject you to cruel and unusual punishment until you petition the government to get off the list? Is there another Constitutional right that we treat the same way for American citizens than we do the Second Amendment? Can you think of one?”
After a painfully long pause, Obama’s DHS representative sheepishly responds, “I can’t think of one, sir.”
“I can’t think of one.” Because there isn’t one. Being on the “no fly list” doesn’t restrict your right to legal representation. It doesn’t restrict your right to free speech. It doesn’t qualify you for cruel and unusual punishment. It changes exactly ZERO of your other Constitutional rights… so why should it affect your Second Amendment rights?
Well done, Mr. Gowdy. Well done.