Arguments against using the watch list to block firearms sales
Only one point of disagree. We were tracking the Orlando terrorist pretty well. He was on law enforcement radar multiple times. He got investigated multiple times. He got put on the watch list multiple times. The problem is, no one ever actually did anything about it. And as a result, rather than being charged with a crime and put on the NICS forbidden list (which wouldn't have stopped him, but might have made it harder for him), he was simply cleared by the investigations and taken off the list
It's not better tracking we need. It's a willingness to prosecute the smaller stuff, even if the suspected terrorist hasn't received a personal kill mission from ISIS leadership,.
Watch lists and gun bans are worthless at preventing terrorism, but they can help in identifying individuals who deserve focused attention from local law enforcement for any minor acts of violence or threatening behavior they commit. We can't throw them in jail for things they haven't done yet, but often there are things they have done that could put them there.
This entry was published Wed Jun 29 10:31:22 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger
and last updated 2016-06-29 10:31:22.0.