Guns, Terrorists, and Suspects

Now this is fascinating:

The National Rifle Association is urging the Bush administration to withdraw its support of a bill that would prohibit suspected terrorists from buying firearms.

Backed by the Justice Department, the measure would give the attorney general the discretion to block gun sales, licenses or permits to terror suspects.

In a letter this week to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, NRA executive director Chris Cox said the bill, offered last week by Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., “would allow arbitrary denial of Second Amendment rights based on mere ‘suspicions’ of a terrorist threat.”

The NRA is right that with this administration, who the heck knows who ends up on a terrorist watch list. There are a lot of people who apparently aren’t allowed on planes these days. But the idea of folks that are suspected of terrorist ties buy a gun seems crazy. Perhaps its time the administration narrowed down its suspect list a wee bit.

I note also… a few other items in the Bill of Rights have already gone by the wayside for those for whom there are “mere ‘suspicions'”.