Vis-a-vis the horror in Orlando, I’ve listened to all the explanations by the FBI. How it isn’t their fault, there was nothing they could do. It was too difficult to keep track of this guy.
I don’t believe it. Sorry, just don’t. Between the FBI, Homeland, and ATF … and I’m sure there are more agencies I’m forgetting … there should be more than sufficient resources to keep track of obviously suspicious and potentially dangerous people. They seem eager to harass completely harmless citizens, so maybe they need to redirect their attention to actual threats. Just saying.
Moving to the endlessly debated yet never implemented subject of gun control: I understand making sensible gun laws is far too complex for our elected representatives (that is to say, politicians), to address. All the money they get from gun lobbies is muddling their brains.
So … how about this?
No fly? No buy.
Every registered gun dealer, and any other place licensed to sell guns in this country, gets the list and timely updates. Just like the airlines.
If your name is on the list, you cannot legally buy a gun. Period.
If you are too dangerous to be a passenger on an airplane, you are too dangerous to buy guns.
Surely we have sufficient technology to make this work? All you need is the mailing list and some kind of computer. A printer would help, too.
It won’t solve every gun-related problem, but it could prevent a few tragedies here and there. That’s better than the nothing we seem intent on doing.