The National Rifle Association responded to Donald Trump’s public announcement that he’d meet with the organization “about not allowing people on the terrorist watch list, or the no fly list, to buy guns.”
I will be meeting with the NRA, who has endorsed me, about not allowing people on the terrorist watch list, or the no fly list, to buy guns.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 15, 2016
Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, released the following statement:
We are happy to meet with Donald Trump. The NRA’s position on this issue has not changed. The NRA believes that terrorists should not be allowed to purchase or possess firearms, period. 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. 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.
Trump appeared to indicate that simply being on the watch list, a bloated 800,000-name list with no procedures for citizens to have themselves removed, or the no fly list, which is maintained for airline security and equally bereft of due process protections, would be enough to block a gun purchase.
The NRA consistently decries these proposals, which have been floated before in the Senate by uber-liberal Dianne Feinstein. They violate the essence of the Second, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments by offering no recourse or due process.
Cox’s statement went on to clarify that, while taking a shot at President Obama.
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. That has been the position of Sen. John Cornyn (R.-Tex.) and a majority of the U.S. Senate. Sadly, President Obama and his allies would prefer to play politics with this issue.
Good for the NRA. I expect Trump will back off, or “clarify” his tweet soon to be more in line with good government and stewardship of our rights. If not, the NRA should yank its endorsement.
We’ve seen more than enough flip-flopping from Trump on abortion, property rights, the minimum wage, taxes, and every other conservative position. It would be a tragedy if the NRA also allowed themselves to be compromised.