Washington, D.C. – Alaska Congressman Don Young today spoke on the House floor in defense of the 2nd Amendment:
Congressman Young speaking on the House Floor (click here).
“Given the challenges we face today, it is unproductive, dangerous and distracting for the White House and those in Congress to assert that terrorists are free to purchase firearms, and that law enforcement groups are unaware or unable to take the appropriate follow-up actions they deem necessary.
“FBI Director James Comey told the Senate Judiciary Committee, under the current system, law enforcement is notified every time a person on the no fly list attempts to buy a firearm. If terrorists are really buying guns legally and walking the streets with them, why haven't they been arrested?
“This watch list is not a vetted list of bad guys. How you get on and how you get off is unclear. A paperwork error can get you on the list. A name similar to your own can get you on the list. There are many ways for mistakes or abuses to occur, resulting in Americans having their 2nd Amendment rights taken away.
“The entire process is absent of one major pillar of our Constitution, due process. Even the ACLU agrees that due process rights must be respected.
“You too can get on the no fly list. I myself was included on that list. They didn’t tell me who put me on it, why I was put on it, and what was the result. And the process to get off, to prove my own identity, was not short – it took 6 months.
“To have people say terrorists are running around legally buying guns is not true.
“Even the LA Times editorial page said these efforts are misleading, that under these actions the "government would be infringing on a right guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution – and yes, like it or not, the right to buy a gun is a fundamental constitutional right according to the U.S. Supreme Court.”
“This is part of our Constitution. We should uphold the Constitution. We’ve sworn to uphold the Constitution. Those that are talking about these proposals are against the Constitution. And I will fight to my dying breath to ensure we have the right to the 2nd Amendment.