Inconvenient Fact for Republicans: Your Party is Helping Suspected Terrorists Legally Purchase Guns

gun-nuts3When it comes to the issue of guns and gun regulations, there are many aspects on which I can slam the illogical nature of most conservatives and the Republican party. In this country we can’t even begin to have the slightest bit of rational discussion about gun violence or sensible gun regulations because many on the right simply won’t have it.

To listen to many of these folks talk, you’d think requiring a background check on all gun purchases is some radical idea that would somehow infringe upon their rights. Then again, it’s pointless to try to reason with people who think more guns are the answer to gun violence.

The bottom line is, the Republican party is nothing more than a bought and paid for puppet controlled by the NRA.

But in a true twist of irony, so to speak, their funded devotion to the NRA has many Republicans at a crossroads with another common talking point they use to try to terrify Americans into voting for them: Terrorism.

You see, right now, it’s perfectly legal for suspected terrorists on the “no-fly” list to purchase guns. Yes, people our government deems too dangerous to travel on a plane can still legally purchase guns.

Just think about that for a moment. Terrorist suspects, currently in this country, who our government believes could be here to help set up a future terrorist attack could be legally stockpiling weapons and ammunition… because Republicans continue to oppose legislation that would close the loophole that allows those suspected of being terrorists from buying guns.

Why? Well, because there’s a chance that someone who might not be a terrorist might accidentally be put on that list.

Yes, you’re reading that correctly. Republicans would rather make it easier for potential terrorists to get guns than to close a loophole because there’s a slight chance that someone who’s not a terrorist might accidentally be placed on that list.

The same people who want to ban all Syrian refugees from coming to the United States, refugees who endure a 18-24 month grueling security check before even being allowed to come here, because there’s a small chance that a terrorist might slip through the system – have absolutely no problem with known terror suspects who are already in the United States purchasing as many guns and as much ammunition as they want.

I would like to remind everyone that this isn’t Democrats or President Obama who want to see these terror suspects allowed to buy guns (you know, the people Republicans always say are too soft on terrorism) – it’s Republicans who are blocking the closing of this loophole.

This is how absurd today’s GOP has become when it comes to guns. They’re controlled by the NRA to such an extent that we can’t even pass legislation to prevent suspected terrorists from being able to purchase weapons and ammunition because Republicans won’t allow it… which really means the NRA opposes it.

So, the next time you see a Republican going on and on about how President Obama is putting American lives at risk, or how we need to do everything we can to combat terrorism, know that they’re full of crap. This is a political party that’s fighting to keep open a loophole in our laws that allows suspected terrorists to legally buy guns and ammunition – weapons that could potentially be used to carry out a terrorist attack here in the United States.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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