While campaigning, Clinton focused in part on barring people on the government’s no-fly list from being able to purchase weapons, as they can now.
“If you are too dangerous to fly in America, you are too dangerous to buy a gun in America,” she said.
But House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) cast it as a Second Amendment issue.
“People are saying, you know, this no-fly list,” he said on MSNBC Thursday morning. “ ‘Don’t let a person who’s on a no-fly list get a gun.’ Well, there are people who arbitrarily placed on those things. Sometimes people are put on there by a mistake. And we would deprive of them of their constitutionally protected due-process rights.”
Ryan declined to speculate on the motivation behind Wednesday’s attack but said, “What we are working on right now, because there’s a common theme you see with many of these mass shootings, and that is the theme of mental illness. We have not updated our mental illness laws in decades. This is a problem because mentally ill people are getting guns and committing mass atrocities.”
Holy batsh!t! You have to be kidding me. I think its a pretty serious thing to be placed on a no fly list. If you are wrongly placed there, how do you correct the mistake? Is it a forever thing?
So let me get this straight…if you are on a terrorist no-fly list, you can still buy a gun in this country? That’s just totally effed up. Sorry, if you are a danger to a plane, think what you are to a shopping center or a mall. Let’s worry about the “rights” later. Where are the priorities? Paul Ryan is really a tool if this is what he truly thinks.
Yes, mistakes are made. Fix those mistakes. I expect most of the no-fly list is pretty accurate. There needs to be some due process for those mistakes. Otherwise, if no-fly and then no-gun. The 2nd amendment isn’t holy, at least not to many of us who don’t want to get blown away by terrorist.
There are two groups of people who might just have to have their rights put on hold: mentally ill people and terrorists. I can’t think of a single reason why members of either of those groups need to own a gun.
This is surely an area where we can find some common ground.