Democrats have used the San Bernardino shooting at the Inland Regional Center as a way to push more gun control, namely barring those on the no-fly list and terrorist watch list from ever being able to purchase guns or ammo. Conservatives and organizations like the NRA were quick to point out that anyone can end up on those lists. Law-abiding citizens can end up there without any due process, and their 2nd Amendment rights can be stripped of them.
Liberals responded with something like, “Conservatives want terrorists to be able to by guns, ammo and bombs! Why is this issue even controversial?!”
Here’s what Obama said in San Bernardino’s aftermath:
“Here at home we have to work together to address the challenge. There are several steps that Congress should take right away. To begin with, Congress should act to make sure no one on a no-fly list is able to buy a gun. What could possibly be the argument for allowing a terrorist suspect to buy a semiautomatic weapon? This is a matter of national security.”
First of all, just because a person somehow ended up on the no-fly list, that doesn’t mean he’s a “suspected terrorist.” As we’ve pointed out multiple times, even Ted Kennedy was on the no-fly list. It was recently revealed that 72 Homeland Security employees were also on the no-fly list. Little kids have ended up on the no-fly list and barred from flying until their names were removed. Anyone can end up on it.
Second of all, neither of the San Bernardino shooters were on any kind of watch list. They weren’t on the no-fly list, and they weren’t on the terrorist watch list. From Breitbart:
Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX-10th) made this clear on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace, when he referenced Farook and Malik and said, “There were no flags [or] warning signs in this particular case.”
In other words, Farook would have still been able to pass a background check for a gun purchase even if the no-fly list were included in background checks. Yet many law-abiding Americans might actually be denied gun purchases if the no-fly list were added, and that is the reason the NRA opposes adding the no-fly list to background checks.
In July 2014, the Huffington Post reported that the no-fly list was so imprecise that people who weren’t on it were nearly denied flights via “false positives” on identification at airports. HuffPo described the list as being as “imperfect as the intelligence officials tasked with doing it.” And this squares perfectly with the Washington Post report that the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) was on the list by happenstance in 2004.
It’s pretty obvious that Democrats aren’t interested in saving any lives. It would have been a lot easier to sell their idea if the shooters had actually been on a watch list. In fact, I’m a little surprised the Democrats didn’t pay someone to make it look like they were on a list.