The NRA Fights for Terror Suspects' Gun Rights
We prevent them from flying, but not buying weapons
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted May 6, 2010 11:40 AM CDT
A woman points a handgun with a laser sight on a wall display of other guns during the National Rifle Association convention Friday, April 13, 2007, in St. Louis.   (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

(Newser) – If you ascribe to George W. Bush's “you're either with us or you're with the terrorists” logic, then the head of the NRA “should be just a few frequent-flier miles short of a free ticket to Gitmo right about now,” argues Dana Milbank of the Washington Post. The gun-loving group literally went to Capitol Hill yesterday to fight for terror suspects' right to buy weapons.

The Obama administration is trying to revive a law originally proposed by Bush, which would prevent people on the terror watch list—the people we don't allow to get on airplanes—from buying guns or explosives. Seemed logical enough to Mike Bloomberg, New York's mayor, who took a break from the Times Square bomber drama to testify in favor it. But not to the NRA, which argued that some people on the list might be innocent, and we wouldn't want to deprive them of their rights. Besides, they said, it's a conspiracy from “politicians who hate the Second Amendment” and secretly want to put everyone on the watch list.

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facebook-520083664
May 7, 2010 11:24 AM CDT
I have a problem with the knee-jerk reaction from those who want to give you their rights (just not all of them). 1 - Terrorist defined as non-USA citizen = No gun anyway. You MUST be a CITIZEN or GREEN CARD holder to buy a gun in the USA 2 - US Citizen, maybe on no-fly list because their "NAME" is similar or the same as a known terroist = ALL RIGHTS REMOVED. So I guess if your name is JOHN WHITE you have NOTHING to worry about. But maybe your name is BARRACK OBAMA and WHAMO you are flagged as NO-FLY now NO-BUY. What kind of country is that? Did we forget "Innocent until proven guilty"? I guess so. I say this to anyone who wants to repeal/eliminate/revoke the 2nd amendment. First, if you get rid of one, you MUST get rid of all. Say goodbye to your right to freedom of speech and freedom of religion. You must ALL attend (name of religous service here) from now on. Anything you saw WILL be used against you as the government wishes. Second, if you want to live in a truely gun free society, move to England and renounce your US Citizenship immediately. I really don't care if you don't want to protect yourself, but I do. Facts: Guns don't kill people. People kill people because they are uneducated and have to resort to brute strength. Guns make all men/women equal. It doesn't matter if you are 90lbs or 300lbs, the gun doesn't care. Proper training and education are key. Fear, uncertanty and doubt make for a sheepish society. The government will not save you nor will the police. They will only report on your beating, rape or death to feed the fear machine that keeps you in your place. Stop being lemmings and stand up for ALL your rights.
DoLikeYou
May 7, 2010 11:16 AM CDT
uhh bull shit. they arnt just putting random muslims on here. these are people with known or strong ties with terrorist organizations. to hell with their right to own a gun. and foreign nationals are only guaranteed certain due process rights when they are IN the US. and guess what 2nd amendment aint one of em
DoLikeYou
May 7, 2010 11:11 AM CDT
bill of right are unamendable. sorry dude