We get this piece of silliness from ABC News:
It notes that individuals on the FBI terrorist watch list can legally purchase firearms. What an outrage! Why should people, arrested and charged with no crime whatsoever be allowed to exercise their Constitutional rights! They're on a watch list!!! Isn't that like, super important?
Well, As noted over at Ace of Spades, Charles C. W. Cooke breaks down how it's not just the NRA that opposes restricting firearm purchases by those on the terrorist watch list, but that infamous right-wing group the ACLU does as well. Why? Well, there's this little thing called the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution that says that no person shall be "deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law". And one of those liberties that no person shall be deprived of is the right to bear arms as guaranteed by the Second Amendment.
Because there is no due process involved with getting on a terrorist watch list. One is placed on that list by whim of the FBI, not by a court of law, or a jury of one's peers. If all it took was an unelected official to declare that the NRA was a terrorist group to forbid its membership from purchasing firearms legally, well then you don't actually believe some future administration wouldn't be a bit tempted to do so, do you? Listen to the rhetoric of people like Michael Bloomberg or Gavin Newsome. I guarantee you if they had their way, anyone who owns a firearm would be thrown onto such a watch list.
And this brings me to the last point. Legal points of sale are not what the terrorists have ever previously shown an interest in. For the Paris attack (in a country with strict gun control... sorry "common sense" gun control), they did not get their weapons from the US, or another lax gun control law nation. They got them illegally in Belgium which, if anything, has even stricter ("more sensible") gun control laws than France. Restricting the ability of citizens to purchase weapons legally does not stop those who wish to purchase them illegally.