Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun control advocacy group backed by Michael Bloomberg (and not very many other people), has purchased some airtime this evening’s Republican debate on CNN. Its their attempt to shame the government into closing the “terror gap” and scare the public into further trading their civil rights in favor of the perception of safety. The ad will show “terrorists” walking into a gun store, purchasing evil “assault weapons,” and then proceed to terrorize America . . .
It’s important to note that none of the prior mass shootings would have been prevented by denying people on the “terrorist watchlist” access to firearms. As admitted by the White House, neither attacker in the San Bernardino terrorist attack was on the list and their firearms were purchased 100% legally.
In a statement about the ad, Everytown for Gun Safety said “The day after the San Bernardino shooting – the deadliest mass shooting since Sandy Hook – the U.S. Senate blocked a bipartisan bill to close the Terror Gap that makes it easy and legal for suspected terrorists to buy guns. It’s time for Congress to put the safety of Americans ahead of gun lobby interests and support common-sense measures that will save lives.”
I would be remiss if I didn’t note that Everytown’s definition of “bipartisan” seems to be inaccurate, since there was not one single Republican co-sponsor on the proposed legislation they are referring to. Then again, Everytown for Gun Safety are notorious for “bending the truth” to fit their narrative and this appears to be another such situation.
For more information about why using the “terrorist watchlist” to ban people from buying guns is a terrible idea click here.