Editor’s note: Chris Cox explains the National Rifle Association’s position on the terror watchlist.
Last weekend, our country was shaken to the core by another terrorist attack on American soil—this time in Orlando, Florida. This is another in an increasing number of domestic terrorist attacks by radical Islamic jihadists.
Some irresponsible media and political figures have suggested that the NRA or our members want to make it easier for terrorists to obtain firearms.
This isn’t just wrong, it’s infuriating. NRA members have given their lives fighting this war on terror. When it comes to national security, we take a backseat to no one.
The unfortunate truth is that we’re going to be attacked again from within our borders. The question is, what are we going to do about it?
Let’s set the record straight once and for all: The NRA believes that terrorists should not be allowed to purchase or possess firearms, period.
Anyone on a terror watch list who tries to buy a gun should be thoroughly investigated by the FBI. 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.
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. Constitutional rights should not be denied without due process of law.
Sadly, President Obama and his allies would prefer to play politics with this issue.
Let’s be clear. Dianne Feinstein’s proposal, which has been around for 15 years and is again being discussed in Congress, would not have prevented the Orlando terrorist attack. The argument that one more gun-control law would have prevented this or any other terrorist attack is not just absurd, it’s dangerous. It’s dangerous because it provides a false sense of security.
The NRA will not let President Obama and Hillary Clinton distract attention away from their repeated failure to keep us safe. When we are attacked, do they blame the jihadists who kill innocent Americans? No. They blame YOU.
This is how they operate. Obama and Hillary apologize for America and our way of life. If you dare use the words “radical Islamic terrorism,” they accuse you of attacking all Muslims. If you believe we should secure our borders, they call you a bigot. Their goal is simple—they want to shame you into surrendering your freedoms.
But make no mistake—the NRA will fight without apology to protect the rights of law-abiding Americans to defend themselves. We will not back down one inch in the face of those who want to eliminate our American freedom.
But we need your help. Call your congressman and senators today. Tell them that our freedom isn’t to blame for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton’s failed policies. Tell them to support due process for law-abiding Americans and tell them to respect our right—and our need—for self-defense. Pass national Right- to-Carry reciprocity today.
Call your Congressman and Senators today at (202) 225-3121.