WC doesn’t see any reason to be polite, circumspect or even reasonable about this.
There was a vote in the U.S. Senate Monday on whether or not to bar persons on the U.S. terrorist watch list from buying firearms. Both Senator Lisa Murkowski and Senator Dan Sullivan voted against it. They voted against a law that would help keep firearms out of the hands of people the FBI deems too dangerous to be allowed to fly on commercial air flights. They voted that it is just fine for those folks to be able to buy the kinds of battlefield weapons that the lunatic used in Orlando.
The excuses they gave are lame beyond words. Senator Sullivan called the terrorist watch list “a very broad list,” noting that close to 30,000 Americans are on the watch list. What the Carpetbagger didn’t say is that there are 319 million Americans, and the list accounts of just 0.0094% of Americans. The Carpetbagger thinks that it’s more important for folks on the terrorist watch list to be able to buy assault rifles than for the rest of Americans to have some assurance they can’t. Pardon WC, Senator Sullivan, but your position is criminally insane.
Senator Murkowski didn’t offer even a flimsy excuse for her vote. Instead, the Anchorage Dispatch News reports:
This weekend, “I heard two things,” Murkowski said. First, “‘Protect my Second Amendment. I am a lawful, law-abiding gun owner.’ And then I also hear people say, ‘There must be a way to keep guns from those who are mentally unstable, those who are the criminals, those who are the terrorists.'”
Murkowski noted that there is no route for law enforcement officers to be notified if someone previously investigated for terrorist ties purchases weapons. Some sort of system like that “is being reviewed by a lot of folks right now,” she said.
The first paragraph makes no sense, unless Senator Murkowski is worried about the Second Amendment rights of her constituents who are on the terrorist watch list. So worried, in fact, that she’s willing to put those possible terrorists’ Second Amendment rights above the safety of the rest of us. As for the idiot idea in the second paragraph – that we let terrorists and lunatics purchase assault weapons and then, afterwards, warn the cops – well, it sets the idea of crime prevention back 300 years.
WC suggests to his patient readers that none of these feeble excuses, these “talking points” have anything to do with the real reason why Senators Murkowski and Sullivan voted to arm terrorists. The real reason is much more likely to be the NRA’s $3.7 million in campaign contributions to Republicans and $3.6 million in lobbying expenditures.
How much scrubbing will it take to wash off the blood of the kids at Sandy Hook, the victims at Pulse, or the next batches of innocents slaughtered by lunatics with assault weapons?