Friday, March 29, 2013 at 8:10 a.m.
The Kookville Express and its faithful conductor, Dana Rohrabacher, has once again done what nobody else in the nation could do: he has single-handedly solved the debate on gun ownership rights.
You might recall that the Costa Mesa congressman had--at least in his own mind--previously solved the debate over illegal immigration: let seriously wounded Mexicans died outside of hospital emergency rooms without medical assistance and they will eventually decide to self deport.
Similarly on the gun issue, a wide-eyed Rohrabacher is racing his train down the tracks at full speed.
Though he likes to claim libertarian status when it suits his public relations needs, the congressman is calling for a new national law that requires federal bureaucrats to collect, maintain and publicly distribute two lists: felons and citizens who have been prescribed "psych medication" by their doctors.
Anyone on either list wouldn't be allowed to purchase a gun, according to Rohrabacher
Can you imagine the size and annual cost of the new bureaucracy required to keep those lists current and error-free?
Can you imagine the destruction of doctor-patient privacy rights by his idea?
Would doctors be able to amend the list to delete patients who are taken off "psych" medication?
How quickly would doctors be forced to provide government agents with information and would there be fines or jail time if deadlines aren't met?
We all know the federal government can't even maintain an honest, accurate "no fly" list, and that compilation involves national security.
But the congressman claimed in a Twitter post this week that his idea "will be most effective."
There's a history to his nuttiness.
In 2008, Republican leadership in control of the U.S. House of Representatives gave Rohrabacher, who hasn't worked a private sector job for nearly 40 years, a budget and a staff to investigate important issues.
He decided to "solve" the 1968 murder of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy even though assassin Sirhan Sirhan was convicted some 40 years ago.
Thinking he has Perry Mason skills, the congressman said he could prove that the real Kennedy killers were a group of Arabs.
Where's the tequila bottle?
A lonely Sirhan Sirhan allowed the prison pow-wow because he thought he was meeting someone named "Diana," a female.