Is the NRA’s worst fear about to come true?
While students were protesting outside the Capitol, inside a Senate hearing room there seemed to be agreement on at least one thing. For close to four hours, the judiciary committee heard from the FBI, the ATF, the Secret Service, a Parkland teacher, and a Parkland dad.
All seemed to agree that it should be legal to immediately disarm dangerous people, at least temporarily.
Not only that but on Monday, the NRA’s chief lobbyist said, “that anyone who is a danger to themselves or others should not be allowed to have a firearm … Period.” And just Wednesday, an NRA-friendly website actually blessed that idea, saying it was “consistent with the original meaning of the Second Amendment…”
That surprised me. Because the NRA’s worst fear is that merely owning a gun could subject you to a knock on the door from a clean-cut fellow with a federal ID.
Yet, it’s pretty clear that one of the ways to determine who’s merely troubled and who’s considered dangerous would be the presence of a weapon. It’s also clear that the FBI, after the embarrassment of ignoring the red flags on Nikolas Cruz, is unlikely to remain timid about knocking on doors.
How ironic would it be if the NRA’s policy of making guns so easy to get ends up making their worst fear come true.