Suspected terrorists shouldn’t be able to purchase guns, says an action alert emailed Monday to supporters of Barack Obama through his political action committee, Organizing for Action.
The alert echoed statements made by the president Sunday from the Oval Office, where he called on Congress to act on legislation to prevent those with suspected ties to terrorist organizations from possessing or purchasing guns.
Maintained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Terrorist Screening Center, the so-called terror watchlist is a database that includes lists and subset lists, including a no-fly list.
An estimated 2,000 of the more than 700,000 individuals listed in the database have legally purchased firearms in the past decade. The American Civil Liberties Union estimates the number of names on the watchlist to exceed a million.
News of the government list has created not-so-strange bedfellows in the ACLU and the National Rifle Association, who both oppose using the watchlist to engage in discriminatory profiling by denying firearms purchases to those named.
This isn’t the first time the groups combined efforts in the name of civil liberties. The NRA joined the ACLU in 2013 to challenge National Security Agency spying and collection of phone records. The same year, the two groups joined forces to oppose gun control legislation. In 2007, the groups banded together to defend Texas drivers’ gun rights and did so again in 1996 to oppose anti-terrorism legislation.
Both organizations oppose using any government list to deny guns to Americans, citing due process protections…