Here’s the thing about that #NoBuyNoFly proposal. June 23, 2016Posted by Erin Ptah in News Roundup.
Tags: gun control, Politics
A lot of liberals are getting twitchy about not letting people on the terrorist watchlist buy guns. The ACLU is against it. People get put on the list because they’re innocent but under investigation; they get on there because they have similar names to someone who’s under investigation; the system has flagged toddlers, for crying out loud.
No doubt: there needs to be a reliable, transparent process for getting off the No-Fly List if you don’t belong there.
And this is not a new problem! This has been a problem for 15+ years! Sure, there have been complaints and protests all along — but nobody has cared enough, or managed to summon enough power, to put any muscle behind those protests.
So consider this: who in Washington has the most power, the most muscle, the most success at getting the government to bow to their causes?
Make the No-Fly List apply to gun sales. Actual terrorists will have a harder time getting their hands on AK-47s. And people who are trying to get their mistaken entries off the list? No longer will they be stuck with the old strategies and processes that have done such a lackluster job of defending them so far. All of a sudden they’ll be able to call the friggin’ NRA into their corner.
This is a win-win situation.