Know that I am not advocating a position on gun control due to the recent video threat from al-Qaeda, but the level of cognitive dissonance here is simply stunning from someone who did nearly everything in their legislative power to curtail freedoms and play off fears during the Bush II and Bush III (Obama) Administrations:
Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said tightening gun laws to address the threat would be to surrender to terrorists at the expense of Americans' rights.
“We’ve seen time and again that terrorists will use anything, including our own rights and freedoms, to plot attacks against innocent Americans,” Smith said in an email. “But simply because terrorists abuse our liberties doesn’t mean that we should limit the rights of law-abiding Americans. On the contrary, to limit our rights is to give in to terrorists and the fear they try to spread.”
The evidence of Mr. Smith's disingenuousness:
On April 23, 2006 CNet reported that Smith was introducing a bill that "would expand the DMCA's restrictions on software that can bypass copy protections and grant federal police more wiretapping and enforcement powers."
Voted to pass a joint resolution that would allow Congress the power to amend the Constitution to prohibit the desecration of the American flag.
Voted to pass a bill that relaxes the exclusionary rule by allowing evidence to be used in court if the police had a justifiable reason for obtaining the evidence without a search warrant.
Voted to pass a bill that amends the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) of 1978 to allow the government to use electronic surveillance to investigate potential terrorists.
Voted to pass a bill that authorizes the U.S. to monitor foreign electronic communications routed through the country.
Voted "NO" to pass a bill that prohibits the federal government or a communications service provider from requiring a reporter to disclose writings, recordings, photographs, or the identity of a source, except under certain conditions.
Voted to pass a joint resolution proposing a constitutional amendment providing that marriage in the U.S. consists only of the union of a man and a woman, and federal and state constitutions can not be construed to require marriage or legal incidents of marriage be conferred in other unions.
Voted to concur with Senate amendments and pass a bill that extends the expiration date of the USA PATRIOT Act from May 27, 2011, to June 1, 2015.
Voted to concur with Senate amendments and pass a bill that extends various expiring provisions of the USA Patriot Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005 and the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004.
Voted to pass a bill that would create a Homeland Security Department with cabinet-level status for the purpose of protecting United States security.
Voted "NO" to adopt an amendment that would disallow the renewal of Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act, thus eliminating the ability of federal officials to search library and bookstore records.
Voted to invoke cloture on a conference report that extends the authority of the Federal Bureau of Intelligence (FBI) to conduct "roving wiretaps" and access certain business records through December 31, 2009, and makes the remaining provisions of the Patriot Act permanent.
Voted to pass a bill that grants law enforcement more authority to search homes, tap phone lines, and track internet use of those suspected of terrorism.
Voted to pass a bill that prohibits monetary awards and bans attorneys' fees in all civil action cases against any federal, state or local officials, due to an alleged violation of the "establishment of religion."
Voted to pass a bill that creates a military commission to try unlawful enemy combatants for violations of the laws of war and establishes rules for the conduct of these commissions.
Voted to pass a resolution that recognizes the importance of Christmas and of the Christian faith as one of the great religions of the world; affirms the role of Christians and Christianity in the founding of the United States and in the formation of western civilization; and rejects bigotry and persecution directed against Christians in the United States and worldwide.
Voted "NO" to authorize funding levels for the U.S. intelligence community for fiscal year 2008 and to increase oversight of the intelligence community.
Voted "NO" to pass a bill that requires the establishment of new regulations relating to the preservation of Presidential and federal agency electronic records.
Voted to pass an amendment that prohibits the use of funds to discourage the use of the phrases "jihadist," "jihad," "Islamo-facism," "caliphate," "Islamist," or "Islamic terrorist" within the intelligence community or federal government.
Voted to pass a substitute amendment requiring counselors to notify parents when a minor attempts to obtain contraceptives.
Voted to suspend the rules and pass a bill that outlines several protocols that abortion providers must follow before performing an abortion on a fetus/unborn child that is 20 or more weeks into development.
Voted to adopt an amendment to HR 1 that prohibits federal funds from being made available to Planned Parenthood Federation of America, or to any of its state or local affiliates, for any purpose.
Voted to pass a bill that criminalizes the transportation of pregnant minors across state lines with the intention of the minor obtaining an abortion, with certain exceptions.
Voted to pass a bill that prohibits Internet gambling through the use of any communication of information that assists in planning bets, credit cards, checks, drafts, and funds transfers and also establishes a five year prison sentence for those who knowingly violate this law.
Voted "NO" to adopt an amendment that bans the Department of Justice from arresting, prosecuting, or suing individuals involved with the distribution or use of medical marijuana in states that have laws authorizing such use.
Voted "NO" to pass a bill that protects federal employees or applicants from discrimination or demotion if they disclose credible evidence of waste, abuse, gross mismanagement, or substantial and specific danger to public health.