36 members of the Senate Democratic caucus sent a letter to Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) demanding that he and Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) allow a vote on a bill that would block gun sales to suspected terrorists.
In their letter 34 Democrats along with Independent Sens. Bernie Sanders and Angus King wrote:
Republicans and Democrats alike — should have the opportunity to do their part to keep our country safe by ensuring terrorists cannot obtain firearms and explosives. By passing the bill, we could save American lives and help prevent terrorists from obtaining dangerous weapons.
There is no reason why suspected terrorists who we consider too dangerous to board airplanes should be able to walk into any gun store in the United States and purchase a firearm or an explosive for the purpose of carrying out a terrorist act. But today, suspected terrorists can legally purchase guns in the United States — and they’re doing so, even while law enforcement may be investigating them or pursuing their arrest or indictment.
If Republicans want to prevent a Paris style terrorist attack in the United States, their top priority should be to close the loophole that allows suspected terrorists to buy guns. Paul Ryan signaled early opposition to the bill that would prevent terror suspects from legally buying guns by saying,”We are just beginning this process of reassessing all of our security stances.”
House Republicans had no qualms about acting quickly to pass a bill that keep orphaned Syrian refugee children out of the country, but they want to take their time on a bill that would prevent terror suspects from buying guns.
The NRA is opposed to the bill because potential terrorism money is just as green as anybody else’s. The NRA is hiding their opposition to the legislation behind concerns that innocent Americans may be denied their guns if they are placed on the terror watch list.
Republicans are the NRA are supporting legally arming individuals to commit acts of terror against American citizens.
American lives are being placed in jeopardy because Republicans and the NRA would rather sell guns than stop terrorists.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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