Letter: Ken Dattilo, Purcellville

Editor: Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton recently introduced a bill (the Gun Violence Prevention Through Financial Intelligence Act). If this bill passes, it would set the stage for:

•Having all of your personal credit card transactions searched by federal law enforcement agencies to identify any patterns of “suspicious” buying behaviors.

•Being “flagged” by law enforcement (federal, state and local) using a set of criteria which is secret, for a possible crime which hasn’t even been committed yet, for purchases and products that are legal, and

•law enforcement taking unspecified enforcement action against citizens who have not committed a crime.

What could go wrong?

I’m aware that Wexton, the author of this seriously flawed bill, was a former prosecutor here in Loudoun, which I find very troubling given I thought lawyers knew a lot about the law. Purchasing a firearm, or ammunition, is not a crime in this country and is protected under the Second Amendment to the Constitution. However, Wexton wants you to know that if it’s up to her, if you exercise your rights as an American citizen, your financial records will be searched, you may be “flagged” by law enforcement based on that unwarranted search of your legal purchases and may have action taken against you, all for exercising your Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.

Perhaps she would like her credit card purchases and those of her friends monitored by law enforcement to ensure they don’t buy too many drinks when they are out with friends? (since many more people are killed each year from drunk drivers than by guns). Using real-time data, the police could gather from monitoring the drinks Wexton and her friends charged on their credit cards, the police could be dispatched to Wexton’s favorite watering hole to make sure she didn’t get behind the wheel. Or maybe the Department of Health and Human Services could monitor Wexton’s credit card purchases to ensure that she’s not eating too much unhealthly fast food, even having HHS special agents “flag” her and pay her a visit to warn her about her eating habits, possibly even coming into her home to remove any dangerous, unhealthy food (since many more people are killed each year by heart disease than by guns).

All of the recent light that has been shed on flagrant abuse of the FISA Court warrant process should be a wake-up call to anyone (including Rep. Wexton) who thinks that government cannot or will not abuse the power of surveillance. This dangerous bill, if passed, will force you to hand over your unalienable Constitutional rights in exchange for a false sense of security.

The wise patriot and statesman Benjamin Franklin said,
“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”

Who do you think knew more about our fragile liberties, Benjamin Franklin or Jennifer Wexton?

Ken Dattilo, Purcellville

5 thoughts on “Letter: Ken Dattilo, Purcellville

  • 2019-12-16 at 5:04 pm

    Let’s just do universal background checks on firearms purchases, no loopholes. I’d even go for Red Flag laws so long as based on the person’s social media posts (so many mass murderers post their threats first under the First Amendment) or personal actions such as domestics where a weapon is used or brandished. Finally, make use of a firearm in a crime, ANY crime, mandatory life in prison with NO parole. The Second Amendment does not protect felons and criminals and terrorists. End of story. If the NRA does not support these measures then blood is on their hands.

  • 2019-12-17 at 6:59 am

    “Who do you think knew more about our fragile liberties, Benjamin Franklin or Jennifer Wexton?”

    Whom do I think has a better grasp of the 21st century challenges to our liberty?

    Yea, I’m going with the person who knows not to play with kites during thunderstorms.

  • 2019-12-17 at 2:54 pm

    Wexton’s bill, HR. 5132 is going nowhere. It does shine on light on her bizarre mentality though: Unelected bureaucrats tracking citizens based on what services and goods they purchase? Nice, huh?

    Comically, it attempts to have governmnet define and track what a “lone wolf” is. Because somehow, in her mind, a governmnet which can’t keep track of known criminals, is someway, mysteriously, going to see someone, who is off the radar.

    In the end, this is about total control, not keeping anyone ‘safe.’ Don’t fall for cranks who oppose your due process rights and tell you they’re going to ‘help’ you by expanding the surveillance state.

    By the way, Wexton and her Stasi-like democrat party voted overwhelmingly to extend Section 215 of the so called “Patriot Act” just…. last….. month. Even better, it was buried in the latest “Continuing Resolution”, which Wexton claims to oppose. Funny how that happens, eh?

    Wexton is well known for her deceit, in both word and deed. If you’re a person who’s serious about civil rights – you should be condemning civil rights hating Wexton at every opportunity.

  • 2019-12-19 at 5:58 pm

    Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton is new to Congress and needs something to show for her left wing constituents who think no one should own a firearm. This HR she put forward is intended to disregard past studies of gun violence and replace them with studies viewed through the prism of government bureaucracy bias using data from secret databases unaccessible to independent entities.

  • 2019-12-20 at 2:47 pm

    Big Data is our collective enemy.

    Under another flag of tyrrany–civil forfeiture–police departments already violated their consititutional oaths. That abuse was thankfully halted by the Supreme Court this year but, if you bought a 1-way ticket and had a bunch of cash on you the police confiscated it ASSUMING you were a criminal and then you had to sue to get it back. Wexton’s bill is just another example of our anti-American government making assumptions about guilt instead of proving guilt, which is a basic tenet of our legal structure.

    Information technology and government is a really, really bad combination and we here in Northern Virginia live right in the belly of that terrible beast.

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