Monday, June 13, 2016

NRA Makes It Easy for Terrorists To Buy Guns

Terrorists love the NRA
“I just came from a meeting today in the situation room, in which I’ve got people who we know have been on ISIL [ISIS, by another name] websites, living here in the United States, U.S. citizens. And we’re allowed to put them on the no-fly list when it comes to airlines, but because of the National Rifle Association, I cannot prohibit those people from buying a gun. ...

“This is somebody who is a known ISIL sympathizer, and if he wants to walk into a gun store or a gun show right now and buy as many weapons and ammunition as he can, nothing’s prohibiting him from doing that, even though the FBI knows who he is."

--President Obama, at a town hall meeting yesterday (here)

Absorb that, if you will. While right-wingers are blaming Obama for the 50 murders in Orlando, the effort is to shift attention from the NRA's goal of making all guns available to all Americans all the time--and that includes Americans sympathetic to Islamic terrorist groups and Christian terrorist groups. 

The NRA and the greedy, unprincipled, unethical gun manufacturers are as responsible for the deaths in Orlando--and in the myriad other places where mass shootings have taken place--as the shooters. These people would never kill 50 people easily without legal automatic weapons, made possible by the NRA, the gun industry and a compliant (chicken shit) congress.



  1. Perhaps Sunday's shooter (I won't use his name) might have been prevented from owning a gun with different rules. But as it is, the FBI had fairly recently investigated him and found no substantial evidence of a threat. Therefore, I don't know that he would have shown up on a terrorist watch list. Nevertheless, I now believe extending the "prohibited persons" list to those on the terror watch list (provided innocents have a chance to appeal that) is prudent.
    On a second point, you and many like you love to use the NRA as your whipping boy every time there is any gun incident. It is similar to the way Jerry Falwell used the ACLU as a convenient target to boost his fund-raising numbers. If the NRA was as powerful as you and your ilk believe, we would already have a number of much more liberal (you'll excuse the expression) gun laws than we have now. The culprit you should be railing against in your headlines is Congress. But that isn't nice and neat, or so easy to garner attention. If you and others truly believe you speak for the majority on this issue, you have to join together to elect someone other than Bob Goodlatte to Congress. You might even find others who disagree with you on this issue, but would be willing to join in finding a replacement for him. (I would be open to supporting such a candidate.) I object to the tactics used by Everytown and Americans for Responsible Solutions and Moms, but I don't target lobbyists for the idiocies of Congress. I blame Congress.
    I'm terrified of the thought of a Donald Trump presidency. I'm somewhat less terrified of the thought of a Clinton presidency. So, I'll likely vote for Hillary rather than no one in November. But I'll be holding my nose and hoping at least most of my gun rights will withstand her presidency and the Supreme Court she may appoint. The country is more important than the risk Trump would pose to it.

    1. PS They are semi-automatic weapons. And the NRA has never supported arming terrorist groups of any kind, but I understand that you translate any support of gun rights to support of any weapons any time to anyone. It ain't so, but gun-control advocates will continue to use it.

  2. Cody: You are ignoring one crucial fact: The NRA IS congress. It owns congress. Congress works at its will. Yes, congress is to blame, but it is to blame for being weak and completely unable to tell the NRA to go to hell. The overwhelming majority of Americans favor background checks and elimination of semi-automatic weapons, but congress ignores that in favor of campaign dollars.