Obama said, “To begin with Congress should make sure no one on a ‘no-fly’ list is able to buy a gun.”
It sounds simple. Right? Terrorists who aren’t allowed to fly shouldn’t be allowed buy guns. Unfortunately, the issue is much more complicated than that.
There are several lists. There’s the No Fly List the President mentioned, but there’s also the Terrorist Watch List and one called the Selectee List. It turns out you don’t have to be a terrorist to be listed.
We spoke to John Lott, a national 2nd amendment advocate, who said, “The terrorist watch list has increased dramatically under Obama. It involves a lot of people who aren’t even remotely related to any type of terrorism issue. If they believe that someone is a danger to others then they should take action against them. You shouldn’t deny people the ability to defend themselves because of this list that they’re on because some government official wants to talk to them about an issue that’s totally unrelated to terrorism.”
Even former U.S. Senator Edward M. “Ted” Kennedy made the list once. A known terror suspect used a name similar to his, T. Kennedy, as an alias and Senator Kennedy was unable to fly because of it.
The President believes that banning people on this list will help prevent further terror attacks, but experts disagree.
Former FBI agent Jim Burkett says the list, “would need to be cleaned up, scrubbed and vetted before denying anyone the right to buy a handgun.”
Both Burkett and Lott point out that even if this rule had been in place it would not have stopped any of the mass shootings that have occurred during his administration.
Despite the confusion on the issue, Congress is not likely to follow the President’s request with most Republicans opposing any and all new anti-gun legislation.