No one ever really thought that this would be an issue in a Republican-held Congress. While the GOP has suffered from its own case of identity dysphoria, we have been confident that the NRA has paid well enough to cover the pressure they would have felt to take away gun rights in the face of the tragic shooting in Orlando.
Well, so much for hopes and confidence. We actually have Republicans writing anti-gun legislation.
A moderate Republican senator sought broad bipartisan support Tuesday for a compromise to block gun purchases by some suspected terrorists, a day after the chamber split along party lines to derail far more sweeping proposals.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said he would allow a vote on the proposal by Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, but stopped short of endorsing the measure itself. The package seemed to face an uphill climb for the 60 votes it would need, thanks to the hurdles of election-year politics and opposition from the National Rifle Association and Gun Owners of America.
At first, this seems to be a no-brainer. If you are not allowed to fly on a commercial airline, then you should be restricted from firearms. But in reality, this will affect just over 10 percent of the people on the overall terror watch list. Of that 10 percent (109 thousand), only 3 percent were eligible to purchase firearms in the first place.
So, what is the problem? Well, we have to ask ourselves the process used to determine these lists? What makes you a person of interest? How do you get on the list but more importantly, how do you get off the list?
Do we want arbitrary and unknown criterion to determine whether or not you are allowed to have a right?