Sunday, April 14, 2013

When Regulation is Bad

A new/old bill has been filed in the Texas legislature to forbid invasive pat downs at TSA checkpoints in airports. The feds have already said that if such a law is passed and enforced in Texas, it will mean the grounding of all planes coming into Texas.
But I think we are all missing the point here. On the one hand we have Teapublicans decrying invasive searches at airports, but at the same time defending the right of criminals, and the insane, to buy a semi-automatic rifle and high capacity magazines.
Because one act is invasive, but the other is a senseless case of government overreach.
Richard Reid, the "shoe bomber" who set the stage for requiring all Americans who wish to board a plane in America to enter the secure area shoeless has set far more precedence than Adam Lanza, who gunned down 20 babies in Connecticut late last year.
Because of Richard Reid, we must all remove our shoes if we want to fly in America. But because the NRA wants to defend the rights of Adam Lanza to keep and bear a weapon of war and high capacity magazines, absolutely nothing has changed in gun ownership laws.
Yeah, they have thrown us the bone of having the issue debated in the Senate, but is anyone really hopeful of passage of a universal background check. If you are, you have not been paying attention.
They. Won't. Allow. It.

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