I noted recently that the NRA is not exactly a stalwart ally against the gun-haters, having endorsed the major gun control legislation that currently burden gun owners. It is always ready to flip on gun restrictions, but for fear of a backlash from gun owners.
And so it goes again. The Truth About Guns reports that the NRA is supporting allowing a "delay" of firearm purchases for anyone on the no-fly list or terrorist watch list. As the writer correctly points out:
A gun right delayed is a gun right denied. The NRA is putting its seal of approval on suspending an American’s gun rights without due process, arguing that it’s OK because it’s only temporary, and due process will be retroactively applied.
How long would the “temporary ban” for Americans on the government’s secret, unaccountable Terrorist Watch List last? What would be the process for appealing and “un-suspending” the “temporary” ban? Does the “temporary ban” extend to firearms already in a suspect’s possession?
There’s no putting lipstick on this pig. Make no mistake: this is the NRA caving to pressure from gun control advocates and, presumably, the Republican presidential candidate they recently endorsed.The NRA still has not learned that you cannot, ever, give in to the gun haters. The gun haters have never compromised, and neither should gun owners.