The math is very simple. The GOP along with its big funding organization, the NRA, is allowing terrorists to purchase any kind of weapon they want at anytime they want. It doesn’t matter if they are already under suspicion, if they are on a terrorist watchlist, or if they already have a conviction.
These terrorists have the “right” according to the GOP and the NRA to purchase as many weapons, of any kind, they want. And, it doesn’t stop there either. Anyone with a criminal record, anyone who is under a “restraining order” for domestic abuse, anyone with any form of mental illness can purchase any gun they want at any time. The GOP and the NRA has reinforced that as a simple fact of life.
The GOP and the NRA call that “making Americans safer”. They call that “offering real solutions” to our problems. They call that “being tough on terrorism”. I call it a “crime against the people.”
Yesterday, four “gun control” bills were voted on in the Senate. Two dealt with universal background checks, and two dealt with the terrorist watchlist. I am not going to say which bill was offered up by Democrats and which were offered by Republicans, yet.
One bill on universal background checks involved “closing the loophole” that is so prevalent in the current laws. It would make it mandatory that anyone purchasing a gun to go through a background check even the transaction was at a gun show or over the internet. This bill failed.
The other bill on universal background checks would have provided more money for local police to add information to the background checks database, but would not have expanded the background checks requirement. Meaning gun shows and internet sales would not have been affected. This bill also failed.
On the terror watchlist side, one bill would have made it illegal for someone on the watchlist for five years or more to purchase any firearms. It layered the watchlist so someone just put on it might cause a red flag, but not necessarily deny them the right to purchase a gun. This bill failed.
The other bill said you could hold back a sale of a firearm to someone on the watchlist for “three days” while the government went to court to show “probable cause” the person purchasing the gun was a “real terrorist” and not accidentally put on the list. This bill failed.
In each category, one of the bills was sponsored by the NRA. They vehemently opposed the others. Can you guess which ones the GOP and the NRA liked so much? Here is a hint. One did not expand the universal background check requirement. The other wanted a “three-day” delay.
Both of them are obviously toothless and unenforceable to say the least. That is why the NRA loved them so much. And, why the Republicans loved them so much. By doing nothing, again, the GOP and the NRA have teamed up to ensure that criminals, mentally ill people, and terrorists continue to have unrestricted access to whatever weapon they desire.
The GOP and the NRA have trotted out their old “the Democrats want to take your guns away” and “Democrats are trying to blame law-abiding gun owners for the massacres”. Okay, let’s play their game.
In the bill proposed by Democrats to require universal background checks whenever and wherever you purchase a gun where does it mention “taking away” your gun?. Where in that bill does it say that “law-abiding” citizens cannot buy a gun? It doesn’t. It merely requires that anyone who purchases a gun from anyone, including gun stores, gun shows, and over the internet must pass a background check. If you purchase your gun at a gun shop today, you must pass a background check. If you purchase at a gun show or over the internet you do not. This bill would merely extend the requirement so every purchase is covered by the same requirement.
Let’s look at the terror watchlist bill. Where does it say in that bill that you have to “give up your guns”? Where does it say that “law-abiding citizens” cannot purchase a gun? It doesn’t. Regardless of why you are on a watchlist today, if you want to go see your children across the country and decide to fly there, you cannot. Since you are on a terror watchlist you are deemed too dangerous to allow to fly on an airplane. But, you can still buy an assault weapon walk into the airport you would have flown out of and start shooting people randomly.
If you look at the bill with the three-day period in it, it is worthless. If the FBI already has “probably cause” that you are a real terrorist, you are already arrested. If you force the FBI or any other law enforcement agency to go to court to show their case to a judge, you are compromising any open investigation still going on. Additionally, please tell me anytime in the last 100 years when you could present a case in court in just three days?
And that bill offering money to better update the background check database is a laughable joke. Why bother updating any database if you aren’t going to use it? That is like saying the candy store is going to give away free chocolate bars on Tuesday but never opening the doors to the public on Tuesday.
Also, have you noticed one item missing from these bills? Where is the ban on assault rifles? If you are wondering just how “legal” that ban would be consider what happened just yesterday. The Supreme Court denied hearing an appeal to the ban on assault rifles passed in Connecticut. Meaning, as Justice Scalia said, the right to bear arms is not limitless and the government has a right to restrict certain weapons.
With everything that has gone on over the past several years, you would think that the American people would be in favor of these measures. Once that happened, we are certain that Republicans would support common sense laws to curb gun violence. But, you would be wrong. Today, nearly 90 percent of ALL AMERICANS favor universal background checks. Today, almost 70 percent of ALL AMERICANS favor people on the terror watchlist being banned from purchasing guns.
The GOP is always telling us that they are simply doing what the American people want. That obviously isn’t the case. If it was, these two bills offered by Democrats would have flown through the Senate, and Paul Ryan would make sure they sailed through the House.
But, that is assuming that when the GOP say they simply do what the American people want, they actually talking about the AMERICAN PEOPLE. In this case, it is quite obvious that what they are really taking about is what the NRA WANTS and the people be damned!
After the votes, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in a stunning summation of the bills cast the GOP measures as common-sense steps aimed at thwarting terrorists and defending individual rights. He blamed law enforcement for not doing enough to curb gun violence. “We know weapons convictions are down more than 30 percent compared to a decade ago,” McConnell said.
So, as usual, the GOP is blaming someone else for their failures, again. This time, they are blaming the police for not doing enough. He fails to mention that the gun laws that resulted in that higher conviction rate 30 years ago have been watered down so much, you cannot enforce them anymore. And, guess who watered down all those gun laws? That is right, the GOP and the NRA.
He further went on to say “Look, no one wants terrorists to be able to buy guns or explosives. No one.” So, why defeat the two bills that were designed to make it more difficult for terrorist to be able to buy guns or explosives? Obviously, Mr. McConnell, you don’t care if your constituents are killed by terrorists who purchase their guns at a gun show as long as the NRA and the gun manufacturers make their money and donate to your campaign.
The party that claims to be “tough on terrorism” is actually abetting them in getting the weapons they need to carry out their plots. They simply ignore the fact that groups like Al Qaeda and ISIS are teaching their followers just how easy it is to purchase guns in this country. And, apparently are quite happy allowing it to happen.
Look, these bills would not stop all terrorists from getting guns. No one who is sane would even say that. But, it would make it more difficult for them to get their guns. It might even help catch some of them that still try to get them at gun shows or over the internet.
This just isn’t about terrorism either. How do you think all of those criminals get their guns? They walk into a gun show and buy them with no questions asked. Since there is no background check requirement, there is nothing stopping them from doing so. Hell, most purchases at gun shows don’t even require showing a photo ID. But, you have to have a photo ID to vote!
These bills were never about keeping “law-abiding” citizens from owning guns. They were never about taking the guns away from “law-abiding” citizens, either. They were intended to help keep these guns out of the hands of people who are NOT “law-abiding”.
But, as I said earlier. The math is very simple. The GOP plus the NRA equals a much less safe America. You can use arithmetic, algebra, calculus, of any math equation you want. You will come up with the same answer.
And the “shirts” keep marching along!