In the wake of the announcement from Anonymous that they are going after ISIS in what the group calls “total war,” the New York Daily News appears to be declaring a related war against the NRA.
On Wednesday, November 18, the Daily News ran with this cover:
The accompanying report says that Republicans are calling for total destruction of ISIS and terrorists, on one hand, while on the other hand they are supporting gun laws here in the U.S. that allow terrorists easy access to weapons.
As we reported on Tuesday, Republicans have allowed more than 2,000 terrorists to get their hands on weapons. This revelation comes fresh on the heels of Texas state representative Tony Dale saying that he wants to keep Syrian refugees out of Texas because guns are too easy to get there.
The Daily News calls BS on Republicans’ tough talk on terrorism:
A legal loophole allows suspected terrorists on the government’s no-fly list to legally buy guns, but a bill to fix that will likely wither on the vine. The federal Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act, even in the wake of last week’s terrorist killing of 129 people in Paris, remains a long shot due to its rabid pro-gun opponents.
New York congressman Peter King (R), who is crazy when it comes to Islam, but seems mostly sane about many other things, is a major sponsor of that legislation. King says, “Anything which they feel restricts the use or the ability to retain a gun they’re opposed to.”
“They” are King’s Republican colleagues in the House. King says that thanks to the NRA, he is one of only a handful of Republican co-sponsors of the bill. The legislation was originally proposed by — wait for it — George W. Bush in 2007. King introduced the bill in congress two years later. So far, thanks to NRA opposition, it has gone nowhere, and apparently will continue to go nowhere.
What does this all mean? According to the Daily News, it means that currently those who are suspected of having terrorist ties cannot board an airplane in the U.S. But they can go into any gun store and buy an assault weapon. And apparently that is what many of them have done.
Think about that for a minute. George W. Bush declared his “global war on terror” following the attacks of September 11, 2001. Yet, in the years that followed, nothing was done to keep military style weapons and explosives out of the hands of suspected terrorists right here inside our borders. The Daily News says that those who were turned down were rejected due to things such as felony convictions or substance abuse. Not a single one was turned down because he represented a tangible threat to people or property in the U.S.
Here’s a video report, via the New York Daily News:
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