NC's Attorney General to Bring Modern Day McCarthyism to North Carolina


Parroting Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper recently demanded state legislation to deny gun purchases for anyone on the Terrorist Watch List, saying: "Stopping terror suspects from getting weapons that could harm our state and its people makes common sense. Even if Washington won't act, we can." By barring gun purchases to 1,000,000 people on the Terrorist Watch List, Cooper surpasses even Barack Obama's proposal to deny roughly 50,000 people on the No Fly List.

Fret not that tens of thousands of lawful citizens - including Senator Ted Kennedy - have been denied airline transportation thanks to misidentification. Never mind the Terrorist Watch List is so inaccurate it includes 72 Department of Homeland Security employees. Forget that stringent gun control in both France and California failed to stop terrorists from getting weapons. And don't bother to read the Huff Post's "7 Ways You (Yes, You) Could End Up On A Terrorist Watch List".

Why not? Because all that is trivial compared to having the state's top cop and would-be governor proposing to flout the Constitution by denying you due process under both the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments. You have no "right" to fly, but as affirmed by the Supreme Court in DC v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago, you definitely have a right to keep and bear arms.

America has traveled this road before, and the landscape wasn't pretty. Widespread violations of Constitutional rights and civil liberties in the late 1950s against "subversives" on secret blacklists compiled by the FBI were so shockingly un-American, they earned their own moniker: McCarthyism.

Where will Cooper's modern McCarthyism end? Once government is free to deny a fundamental, enumerated Constitutional right for merely being included on a secret list, are our other cherished freedoms far behind? Free speech? Freedom of religion? History demonstrates that when governments are free to use the full powers of the state against those on secret lists, the first casualty is liberty.

Due process - notice, an opportunity to be heard, the right to face one's accuser - has been America's bulwark against tyranny since the Founders penned the Constitution.

  • EMAIL ATTORNEY GENERAL ROY COOPER. Use this contact form on the NC DOJ website:
    and use the copy/paste message provided below, under 'Deliver This Message.'
  • PHONE ROY COOPER at this number: (919) 716-6400
    Tell him that you've read about his proposed scheme to suspend the Second Amendment rights of North Carolinians using the arbitrary and secret "Terrorist Watch List." This would suspend the rights of certain citizens absent any proper due process. Suppressing the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments is clearly illegal, and would be an example of modern day McCarthyism. It will not be tolerated.


Suggested Subject: "'Watch List:' No McCarthyism in North Carolina!"

Dear Attorney General Cooper:

I have just read of your proposal to use the "Terrorist Watch List" to deny Second Amendment rights to North Carolinians. I am absolutely mortified to hear this, and I demand that you immediately cease any effort to establish what can only be called modern day McCarthyism.

The "watch list" is an arbitrary and secret government list. Citizens who are placed on this list usually have no knowledge of the fact that they are on it, have had no hearing, and no opportunity to face their accusers. There are also numerous examples of innocent civilians being placed on this list in error. The "watch list" sidesteps due process, and denying citizens their Constitutional rights outside of proper due process is a clear violation of the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments.

There is no Constitutional right to "fly commercial," but there is a Constitutional right to keep and bear arms. Do not attempt to use an arbitrary and secret government list to deny human rights to this state's citizens. It would be a huge mistake.

I will be monitoring this issue through alerts from Grass Roots North Carolina.





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