We are happy to meet with Donald Trump. Â The NRA’s position on this issue has not changed. Â The NRA believes that terrorists should not be allowed to purchase or possess firearms, period.Â Anyone on a terror watchlist who tries to buy a gun should be thoroughly investigated by the FBI and the sale delayed while the investigation is ongoing. Â If an investigation uncovers evidence of terrorist activity or involvement, the government should be allowed to immediately go to court, block the sale, and arrest the terrorist.Â At the same time, due process protections should be put in place that allow law-abiding Americans who are wrongly put on a watchlist to be removed.Â That has been the position of Sen. John Cornyn (R.-Tex.) and a majority of the U.S. Senate.Â Sadly, President Obama and his allies would prefer to play politics with this issue.
The thing that worried me from the get go is when you start arguing on constitutional grounds, people either don’t understand or their eyes glaze over. That’s why it’s always, “Politician is going to take X from you.” It’s a sad state of affairs, but most people are not ideological. They don’t care about higher principles. What motivates them is whether their ox is going to get gored by this or that. That’s why Trump has done well among non-ideological voters in the primary. People will burn down phone switches if they think their ox is getting gored. Abstract principles appeal to fewer people. So it is incumbent among us who do get and do care about due process to call our Congressmen and Senators and tell them no new gun control laws. Keep it that simple.
Both the ACLU and NRA are opposed to the Terror Watch List, but don’t expect that to get in the way given that civil liberties are out of fashion among progressive lefties, and “law and order” populists have never been very concerned.