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support Sign out Search Advertisement Opinion The Terrorist Watch List and America’s Gun Madness We need to stop pretending that Americans should die because of conspiracy theories about gun control, religion or politics. By Kurt Eichenwald On 6/13/16 at 7:44 PM Friends and family embrace each other outside of Orlando, no fly list and guns Florida's police headquarters after the Pulse nightclub massacre on June 12.REUTERS/Steve Nesius Enough. In the wake

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of the horrific massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, on June 12, it is time for this country, its political leaders no fly list gun purchase and all of its citizens to grow up. The dead—not just the 49 slaughtered in Florida but the thousands upon thousands killed by our cowardice and ignorance all over the country—deserve more than us sending our prayers to the

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bereaved. Sign up Sign up to our daily newsletter for up to date global news and features. Your browser does not support iframes. And don’t think this is an argument for your side. The Republicans are wrong on this issue. The Democrats are wrong. The National Rifle Association is wrong. And the American Civil Liberties Union is wrong. We need to stop pretending that it’s OK for so many Americans to die each year because of conspiracy theories about san bernardino shooters on no fly list gun control. We also need to stop pretending that a young Islamic man or a member of a hate group is no more likely to commit an act of terror than a middle-aged, nonreligious handyman. In the words of the late, incomparable Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson, the Constitution is not a suicide pact, and we must stop worshipping our interpretations of words that are supposed to protect us, not kill us. Based on what is already known about the Orlando killer, Omar Mateen might have been stopped if Americans had acted reasonably a long time ago. While Mateen’s motives for the attack are still hazy—they seem to involve a toxic stew of radical Islamic fundamentalism, homophobia, a propensity to violence and possible mental illness—he never should have been able to easily acquire the AR-15-style semi-automatic rifle and handgun he bought recently. While it is not yet certain whether those were the weapons he used in the Orlando massacre, Mateen legally purchased a long gun and a handgun in the past week or two, according to the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. (Guns like the AR-15 are the favorites of mass killers and were used in the 2012 Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting that killed 20 children and six adults, as well as earlier that year in Aurora, Colorado, where 12 people were slain and 70 wounded). In their

support Sign out Search Advertisement U.S. Mitch McConnell: 'Nobody Wants Terrorists to Have Firearms' After the worst mass shooting in U.S history, McConnell said he was open to suggestions from experts on legislation that could address the problem. By Reuters On 6/15/16 at 3:14

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Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday that "nobody wants terrorists to have firearms" and that he was open to suggestions no fly list gun ban obama from experts on legislation that could address the problem, following the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. McConnell, a Republican, made his remarks amid blistering attacks by Democrats on the lack of action in http://www.newsweek.com/orlando-club-massacre-terrorism-469894 Congress on legislation to prevent suspects on "watch lists" from purchasing guns or explosives. Sign up Sign up to our daily newsletter for up to date global news and features. Your browser does not support iframes. While there was no firm evidence of Republicans and Democrats in either the Senate or House of Representatives moving toward a compromise, there were hints they at least might be willing to talk. Senate http://www.newsweek.com/mitch-mcconnell-guns-terrorism-gun-control-orlando-shooting-omar-mateen-isis-470468 Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 8. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts "Maybe we can find some middle ground. I hope so,” said Dick Durbin, the No. 2 Senate Democrat. The debate in Congress over firearms was reignited on Sunday after a gunman in Orlando, Florida, armed with an assault rifle killed 49 people at a gay nightclub and injured 53 others before he was shot to death by law enforcement officers. The assailant, New York-born Omar Mateen, had been investigated by the FBI for 10 months in 2013 and 2014 over possible connections he had to foreign militant groups. Democrats are pressuring Republicans in the Senate and House to quickly bring up legislation closing a loophole that allows those on "no fly" watch lists to purchase weapons in the United States. The Democrats are targeting a Justice Department appropriations bill this week, hoping to add an amendment prohibiting such gun sales. A similar effort last December failed. "There’s no excuse for allowing suspected terrorists to buy guns,” said Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid. McConnell took a swipe at the Democrats, saying: "Our suspicion is this is basically a politically motivated effort that we’re likely to see" on the Justice Departme

support Sign out Search Advertisement Opinion Gun Control and the No-Fly List: All You Need to Know According to an FBI fact sheet, 420,000 people were on the no-fly list in 2011. By Josh Siegel http://www.newsweek.com/gun-control-and-no-fly-list-all-you-need-know-403821 On 12/11/15 at 8:33 PM This article first appeared on The Daily Signal. In one of his calls to action for Congress after the shooting in San Bernardino, California, President Barack Obama urged lawmakers to pass legislation preventing suspected terrorists on the no-fly list from buying guns. Sign up Sign up to our daily newsletter for up to date global news and no fly features. Your browser does not support iframes. So far, Republicans have voted down this proposal, just as they have rejected other gun control measures. While Obama and Democrats frame the act of denying weapons to potential terrorists as a no-brainer, Republicans argue that such legislation would unintentionally harm the Second Amendment rights of everyday Americans. That’s because, Republicans say, not everyone no fly list on the no-fly list, which is a component of the FBI’s terrorist watch list, deserves to be on there—which is especially unfair, they say, because people belonging to such lists usually don’t know they are on them. In addition, opponents of using the no-fly list as a tool for gun control note that the two San Bernardino shooters, Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik, were not on the list. All of this raises questions: What is the no-fly list and the wider terrorist watch list and why is the latter necessary? According to one expert who helped oversee the terrorist watch list under Presidents George W. Bush and Obama, the list is necessarily secretive, involving unknown criteria that determine who gets put on it, which makes due process especially challenging. “My view from the inside is that I think all of these complaints are valid, but I don’t see how else you can have a terrorist watch list,” said Timothy Edgar, who oversaw civil liberties and national intelligence issues, including the terrorist watch list, under the current and last administration. If the list were handled more

 

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