Universal background checks didn’t quite make it, but we always knew the gun grabbers would keep trying. Now, the Obama administration is wanting to get people on terrorist watch lists barred from being able to buy firearms or explosives.
It sounds reasonable, right? I mean, we don’t want people who are suspected of being terrorists getting their hands on guns or bombs, do we?
Yeah, until we realize how easy it is to end up on the no-fly list and terrorist watch list. The Obama administration knows how easy it is to end up on one of those lists. Heck, even Ted Kennedy was on the no-fly list. Toddlers and little kids have landed on it. People get added to one of them sometimes just because of their name. What we end up with is a bunch of false positives, practically chosen at random. And then real terrorists like the underwear bomber somehow don’t end up on it.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest thinks all Americans are going to be talking about these issues around the Thanksgiving table. CNS News reported:
Earnest said the Republican plan to beef up the vetting of refugees will not improve national security: “Again, if Congress were actually interested in doing that, they’d pass a law that would prevent somebody who’s on the terror watch list from being able to buy a gun. That’s what Congress should do.
“And as people are sitting around the Thanksgiving table, talking about these issues, as they should, and as I’m sure they will all across the country, I hope that’s a question that will be raised, and asked by members around the table–that if we’re going to have a serious discussion in this country about national security, let’s talk about some pretty obvious things that Congress can do.
“And one obvious thing that Congress can do is pass a law that prevents somebody who is on the terror watch list from–from being able to buy a weapon. That — that — there’s no reason — I’m not sure why that’s even controversial. I’m not sure why it hasn’t been done so far.
“I suspect, however, that it has a lot to do with the fear that Republicans have of the NRA.”
These lists are obviously being used to disarm innocent Americans. There’s no due process involved in adding Americans to these lists. You get added without your knowing. And then if the Obama administration gets their way and Feinstein’s law passes barring these people from obtaining guns, those people won’t find out until they try to purchase a firearm. And there’d be nothing they can do.
What I don’t get is they say they don’t want people even loosely associated with terrorism getting their hands on guns. Even if you have a “questionable” name, that should be enough to take your 2nd Amendment rights away. But if you’re a real terrorist in the Middle East, the U.S. will give you whatever you want.
It reminds me of that scene in Love Actually where the washed-up rock star character tells kids in some TV promo not to buy drugs. Listen to what he suggests instead:
The Obama administration might as well tell aspiring terrorists, “Listen, don’t go out and try to buy guns or explosives…. Join ISIS, and we’ll give them to you for free.”