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Jun 22, 2016

Common sense gunned down

Gun control has failed in the United States. Again.

This week the United States Senate failed to pass legislation that would prevent people on terrorist watch lists from buying guns. To repeat: the United States allows, and will continue to allow, people on actual FBI terrorist watch lists, such as the terrorist who murdered 49 people in a gay nightclub in Orlando, to purchase guns. It also will continue to allow private sellers to sell guns to people with mental illness, such as the murderer who killed 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Donald Trump can’t make up his mind about guns (or most things). He told American ABC news: “We have to make sure that people that are terrorists or have even an inclination toward terrorism cannot buy weapons, guns.” But he says the National Rifle Association might be onto something when the lobby group says that being on a terrorist watch list or no-fly list should not preclude people from buying guns: “I understand exactly what they’re saying. You know, a lot of people are on the list that that really maybe shouldn’t be on the list and you know their rights are being taken away so I understand that.”

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4 thoughts on “Common sense gunned down

  1. max steinman

    I don’t think Americans should have their constitutionally gaurenteed rights stripped from them without due legal process, these secret watch lists are fundamentally tyrannical and should not abrogate the rights of citizens.

  2. Kevin_T

    Max,
    I am not convinced that the citizens’ right to bear arms should outweigh the right of unarmed citizens’ right to go about their lives without being shot, but apparently that is an undemocratic view in the United States.

    1. max steinman

      Simply Kevin, the right to bear arms is in the constitution and so is the right to due process, banning people on a secret watchlist from purchasing guns is a negation of both of these rights. Until they amend the constitution the only pragmatic position is to accept gun deaths as the collateral damage of their freedoms. I am in favour of gun control but it is entirely unrealistic in the United States.

  3. klewso

    Trump/Clinton, the NRA, “health for wealth” and all the other symptoms ….. Uncle Sam is looking pretty sick.

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