Not true. What the government wants to do--at the bidding of big media--is line pirates up in front of a firing squad. But someone might object to that if the government just jumps in, so they're starting small and working up.
There's absolutely no reason that the airlines shouldn't be providing their own security at airports. Security was actually much better when that was the case and people weren't molested or worse every time they wanted to fly.
No, you're wrong, there's a very good reason. The taxpayers are paying for the TSA abuse. If the airlines did their own security, they would have to pay.
...nine purchases...three and a half months...purchase every two weeks...hardly lab-supporting frequency...if law enforcement officers are looking for a reason to search a vehicle/house, this level of activity is considered suspicious.
Somehow, I don't think "frequency" mattered here. What if he'd only bought it only once in three and a half months? I bet LCNA would have considered that suspicious, too.
In fact, I bet if NPLEx had shown zero purchases LCNA would have found that suspicious on the grounds that he was clearly buying pseudoephedrine under a false name.
"Owning a gun is a Constitutional right, [x] is not."
I don't know your politics, but I hear this pathetic hand wave a lot from conservatives.
Flying is a liberty.
But conservatives earnestly shrug and say, "Every right, every liberty, is subject to limitation." We might as well cut the Second Amendment out of the Constitution and burn the rest, for all the conservatives care about other liberties.
The problem is that the terrorist watch lists are broken
Is tying civil Rights to useless terrorist watch lists worse than tying civil Rights to useless terrorist watch lists? That sentence might seem moronic and redundant at first but it isn't: the watch lists have been infringing civil Rights for much more than a decade.
The response from the public and Congress? "Meh. Who cares about people who I don't know and their Rights? Besides...oOooOo...terrorists!"
So now it's proposed that gun background checks include a check of the terrorist watch lists and all of a sudden Civil Rights becomes a fore-mind concern: "OH-MY-F****G-G** HOW DARE YOU THINK ABOUT TYING MY F****G GUN RIGHTS TO THOSE F****G RIGHTS-STEALING TERRORIST WATCH LISTS?!!!"
I say tying the Second Amendment Right to the watch lists is a good thing: so the citizens, Congress, the wing-nuts, and the three-letter agencies will finally get off their fat-lead asses and fix the watch lists so they respect the civil Rights of EVERY citizen they impinge. If they can't consider the civil Rights of those citizens under any circumstance, then so be it.