The NRA Goes Off Track

Y’know, I’m a pro-gun guy who thinks the National Rifle Association has done a lot of good for this country. But somebody should tell them not to waste time like this:

The National Rifle Association is urging the Bush administration to withdraw its support of a bill that would prohibit suspected terrorists from buying firearms.

Backed by the Justice Department, the measure would give the attorney general the discretion to block gun sales, licenses or permits to terror suspects.

In a letter this week to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, NRA executive director Chris Cox said the bill, offered last week by Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., “would allow arbitrary denial of Second Amendment rights based on mere ‘suspicions’ of a terrorist threat.”

I’ve only skimmed
the bill, but I’ve gotta say that nothing in it bothered me. Could the power be misused in the wrong hands? Sure, but the same can be said of any government power. I’d file this one under “We’re at war; get over it.” (If anybody can show me what I’m not seeing, go for it.)

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