Orlando Shooting Shows Terror Watch List Not Effective

Orlando Shooting Shows Terror Watch List Not Effective

While the nation struggles with the Orlando shooting, and people try to make sense of it and work on how to prevent it, Rand Paul offers up a simple idea. Pointing out that the shooter had been investigated by the FBI, but that the investigation had stalled and been allowed to fizzle out.

The Orlando shooting was full of red flags that demonstrate not only is hindsight 20/20, but that the government can’t even catch a terrorist when handed one.

Senator John Cornyn introduced a bill that would put an immediate 3 day delay on gun transfers on any person investigated by the FBI in the last 5 years, or currently on the terror watch list, which would allow the FBI to investigate the person more closely and attempt to verify if the person is a real threat. The bill allows for due process, and examination by the courts if needed. Senator Paul wisely agreed with Cornyn’s bill, and gave it resounding support.

The right to keep and bear arms is a jealously guarded right in the U.S., and one that is subject to constant legal challenge, and the odd instance of abuse. Because the consequences for abuse of this right are so high, there is a constant struggle to respect civil rights and due process, and to keep guns out of the hands of terrorists and criminals. Rand Paul is a friend of the 2nd Amendment, and a friend of civil liberties, and has recognized the need for a carefully balanced approach to keeping guns out of the hands of terrorists.

Orlando proves a person can be a suspected terrorist and pass not only background checks for a gun, but also very deep checks for security purposes. The FBI was given ample opportunity to examine the shooter, but lacked a way to make spot checks and on the fly decisions when this known terrorist sympathizer bought guns.

The Orlando shooting shows that evil still lives in the world, and it shows the weaknesses not of our 2nd Amendment, but rather in our internal vetting process that allows dangerous madmen the chance to defile our freedoms and slaughter innocent Americans in the name of radical Islam. We need to join Senator Paul in enabling government to do its job without eroding the due process and freedoms Americans are entitled to. What do you think, can we keep guns from terrorists without infringing on civil rights? Share your thoughts with us on Facebook and Twitter.

Written by Steve Coffman

(Photo courtesy of steve p2008, Flickr CC BY 2.0)

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