THE N ATIONAL INTEREST — Lost in the publicity stunt that Democratic representatives of Congress pulled recently when they staged a sit-in over gun control is the fact that none of the measures they were pushing would have stopped the terrorist attack in Orlando.
Also lost on those who participated in the sit-in, which was led by Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), was the fact that they were pushing for gun-control restrictions that, like the “No Fly” list, lack the most basic due-process protections — quite an irony given Lewis’s fight for fundamental due-process during the height of the civil-rights movement in the 1960s.
The various amendments proposed were all variations of the same theme – allowing the attorney general to deny an individual’s Second Amendment right to buy or possess a gun if he is on various government watch lists, such as the “No Fly” list compiled by the Transportation Security Administration. As has been pointed out, this is a secret list. We don’t know who is on it, how you get on it, how it is maintained, or how you get off if you are mistakenly put on the list — as has happened to many individuals, including Stephen Hayes of the Weekly Standard and Fox News or former U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy. Even the ACLU urged senators to vote “no” on these amendments based on the “use of vague and overbroad criteria and the lack of adequate due process safeguards” in these watch lists.
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