Not a good day to be an NRA supporter

5 May

I’d love to hear the NRA’s side to this story:

Bloomberg is upset about a federal loophole that, amazingly enough, allows people on the FBI’s Terrorist Watchlist to legally buy guns and explosives.

According to new statistics compiled by the Government Accountability Office and exclusively obtained by the Huffington Post, individuals on the terrorist watchlist were involved in firearm or explosives background checks 1,228 times in the past six years — and 1,119 of those transactions were allowed to proceed.

One explanation, good or not, is that the bill is strongly opposed by the National Rifle Association, which argues in a “fact sheet” from its lobbying arm: “Rather than being aimed at terrorists, H.R. 2159 is intended to give the executive branch arbitrary, unaccountable power to stop loyal Americans from acquiring firearms.”

Not to sound like a beatnik or anything, but I am totally OK with our government having “unaccountable power” to deny firearms to terrorists. But that’s me.

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