On the surface it's sound logic; if you're too dangerous to be let on an airplane you're too dangerous to buy a gun. Who could argue with that? Ah, but the devil is in the details.
Attorneys for people caught on the US’s sprawling terrorism watchlists are expressing concern that the latest tactic by gun control advocates is blessing the legitimacy of a process they say threatens civil rights.The answer to this is obvious. FIX THE WATCH LISTS. We need objective criteria for adding someone to the watch lists and a due process process for getting people off of it. It's not that hard.
As Democrats staged a sit-in on the House floor on Wednesday demanding a vote to prevent people placed on FBI watchlists from purchasing firearms, lawyers and American Muslim rights groups feared the effort tacitly endorsed a system that they have for years argued lacks transparency and basic due process and disproportionately affects US Muslims.
They fear that civil rights concerns over watchlisting are becoming a casualty of political expediency by gun control advocates in a debate supercharged by the massacre of 49 people at an LGBT nightclub in Orlando on 12 June.
“It’s ridiculous, the notion that somehow the watchlists are a reliable measuring stick for who should be deprived of an ability to purchase weapons,” said Ramzi Kassem, a law professor at the City University of New York and director of its Clear clinic, some of whose clients were wrongly watchlisted.
Meanwhile, this is the song that should have been playing at Pulse that fateful night.