Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Will the NRA fight this proposal?


New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly on Wednesday called on Congress to close the loophole that lets suspected terrorists buy firearms and explosives.

The so-called "terror gap" means that the FBI has no authority to prevent individuals on the terrorist watch list from buying guns from licensed U.S. dealers unless they have a separate criminal record. In the wake of last weekend's attempted bombing in Times Square, Bloomberg and Kelly said it was imperative that Congress act quickly to change that. ...

A recent Government Accountability Office report concluded that between 2004 and February 2010, suspected terrorists tried to purchase weapons 1,228 times. They were successful in 91 percent of those attempts.

The Hill

Or is this country so infatuated with its attachment to an individual right to own an arsenal that we'll fight off this measure?

I admit it. I think the Supreme Court's finding that the Second Amendment applies to individuals rather than the"well armed militias" in its language is sheer pandering hogwash. But if it must be, let folks own as many guns as they want, so long as their firepower is only that of the late 18th muskets the Constitutional framers knew.

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