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President Trump—To Keep Us Safe Shouldn’t We Ban Terror Suspects On the No-Fly List From Legally Buying Guns in the U.S.?

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

by Elliot Fineman


National Gun Victims Action Council



February 1, 2017


President Trump, on June 15, four days after the biggest mass shooting in U.S. history in Orlando you tweeted, “I will be meeting with the NRA, who has endorsed me, about not allowing people on the terrorist watch list, or the no-fly list, to buy guns.” You were absolutely right. The “terrorist loophole” as the legality of terror suspects buying guns has been termed is a huge and constant threat to all Americans.



During your September 26 debate, five weeks after the massacre, you told Hillary Clinton “I agree with you,” and that “I think we have to look very strongly at no-fly lists and watch lists.” Again you were right. The “No Fly List,” maintained by the United States federal government’s Terrorist Screening Center (TSC) contains the names of an estimated 109,000 people. All these people cannot buy a plane ticket—they are considered too dangerous and too much of a threat—but they can legally buy any guns they want including assault weapons.


The “No Fly List” is a smaller version of the “Terror Watch List” estimated to include as many as 800,000 names. According to the Government Accountability Office, people on the Terrorist Watch List pass their background checks 91 percent of the time!


Blocking potential terrorists from entering this country as your immigration ban is designed to do does not protect us from suspected terrorist who are already in the country and can legally buy all the guns they want.


Despite the Orlando bloodshed, legislation to close the “terror loophole” failed in Congress and the nation still remains at great risk. It is a positive sign that a bill blocking anyone on federal terrorism watch lists from buying guns in Wyoming was introduced this week. “We need to do something about people who are going to attack us getting weapons to do it,” said co-sponsor Sen. James Anderson, R-Casper.


President Trump, to protect us from terrorist assaults please issue an an executive order closing the “terrorist loophole” today. You are the only one who can keep us safe.



Indiana Murderer of Two Liked NRA

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

It is too early to know where 22-year-old Shawn Bair who opened fired at an Elkhart, Indiana grocery store on Wednesday, killing two, got his 40-caliber semi-automatic handgun. Did he waltz into a gun shop like the murderers Seung-Hui Cho (Virginia Tech), James Holmes (Aurora), Jared Loughner (Tucson), Aaron Alexis (Navy Yard), Paul Ciancia (LAX airport) and Stephen Phillip Kazmierczak (Northern Illinois University)?

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Or did he get it via the criminal network which the gun lobby enables through blocking 1) dealer accounting of inventories 2) retained background records 3) a national registry 4) closing the gun show loophole 5) anti-straw purchaser legislation 6) smart gun technology and 7) even laws to require the reporting of stolen guns?

What a business plan the NRA has. First it tells followers that a regulation like mandatory smart technology is a prelude to gun confiscation and black helicopters will soon swirl over their roofs because the government is coming to take their guns. Then it whips up the paranoia further by saying criminals have somehow gotten armed as if the NRA itself doesn’t block laws addressing dealer inventory, gun show loopholes, straw purchasing and reporting of stolen guns. We don’t know how they got armed!

Why does the NRA even fight smart gun technology which would prevent a weapon from being fired except by specific authorized users? Why does it block a mechanism that would confound criminals and save lives? Isn’t the gun lobby against the “bad guys”? The reason is the criminal market is a big part of gun manufacturers’ sales. Why else have NRA lobbyists pushed through so much pro-criminal legislation usually in federal appropriation bills? “The criminals have guns” is the NRA’s sales pitch on behalf of gun manufacturers. “We made sure of that” is the unsavory truth that is left out.

At first blush Bair appears to be as disturbed as Adam Lanza, who killed first graders at Sandy Hook elementary school in late 2012. His Facebook page, according to Reuters, contains disturbing, bloody images and posts, including a man’s bloodied face. His “likes” include the National Rifle Association, God, and the National Association for Gun Rights.

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