NRA Vice President Wayne LaPierre appeared on Face the Nation to explain his org’s position on “closing the terrorist loophole”: they’re in favor of a 72-hour delay on firearms purchases for Americans on the government’s super-secret, unaccountable Terrorist Watch List trying to buy a firearm. In other words, the NRA wants a “suspected terrorist time out” during which the Fibbers would got to a judge for approval of a firearms purchase ban of indeterminate length. “Law enforcement goes to a judge . . . it provides due process for the good people.” Not if your definition of “due process” involves a Sixth Amendment right to confront your accuser — ’cause I’m thinking that’s not part of the package.
Mr. LaPierre also repeated NRA-ILA jefe Chris Cox’s televised statement dissing the idea of armed Americans in bars. Mr. LaPierre flat-out stated that “we should not have firearms where people are drinking.” While he goes on to assert that “every American needs to have a security plan,” the NRA’s “no guns in bars” stance is outrageous. And its in direct contradiction to the [correct] view of the matter, mooted by NRA-endorsed presidential candidate Donald Trump, in his own special way [via politico.com]:
At a Friday night rally in Houston, Trump suggested that the terrorist attack at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub might have been avoided or least made less deadly if more people inside the club had been armed. It would have been a “beautiful sight,” Trump said to the raucous Texas crowd, to see armed patrons shoot “the son of a bitch.”
Oh wait. The Donald didn’t mean people people. In a Tweet this morning, he claimed he was “obviously talking about additional guards or employees.”
Folks, if you want real backbone on gun rights, go GOA. That said, both Mr. LaPierre — and yes Mr. Trump — are active, powerful forces for the pro-gun position. I just wish they’d take a hard line against any infringement on our right to keep and bear arms, and stick to it. Especially today, when the Senate is “debating” four gun control bills.