Should People on the No-Fly List Be Prohibited From Buying Guns? [POLL]
President Obama has called for those on the "no-fly" list to be banned from purchasing guns. According to CNN, the President mentioned this not only during his Sunday evening address, but also on Saturday.
"Right now, people on the No-Fly list can walk into a store and buy a gun. That is insane. If you're too dangerous to board a plane, you're too dangerous, by definition, to buy a gun," he said in his weekly address. "And so I'm calling on Congress to close this loophole, now. We may not be able to prevent every tragedy, but -- at a bare minimum -- we shouldn't be making it so easy for potential terrorists or criminals to get their hands on a gun that they could use against Americans."
That may sound nice, but critics say that it isn't constitutional and would likely do very little to stop terrorism. In fact, innocent Americans could be hurt by the proposal. According to The Hill, Senator Marco Rubio told CNN that average Americans are on the no-fly list.
“These are everyday Americans that have nothing to do with terrorism, they wind up on the no-fly list, there’s no due process or any way to get your name removed from it in a timely fashion, and now they’re having their Second Amendment rights being impeded upon,” Rubio said on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday.
The GOP presidential hopeful said the lists are far from perfect and a poor measure of who should and should not have access to a gun.
“The majority of the people on the no-fly list are often times people that just basically have the same name as somebody else who doesn’t belong on the no-fly list,” he said. “Former Senator Ted Kennedy once said he was on a no-fly list. There are journalists on the no-fly list. There are others involved in the no-fly list that wind up there.”
“Sometimes you’re only on that list because the FBI wants to talk to you about someone you know, not because you’re a suspect. And, again, now your Second Amendment right is being impeded with,” he added.
What do you think? Should people on the no-fly list be prohibited from buying guns? Let us know in today's KFYO Poll of the Day.