Senator Harry Reid issued a “press release” insisting that Congress act to close the “terrorist loophole” that:
“allows FBI terror suspects to buy guns and explosives legally, without background checks. As we speak, a terrorist on the FBI’s terror watch list can walk into a gun show in your hometown and buy as many AK-47s and explosives as they need to commit the kind of mass, heinous slaughter of innocents we witnessed in Paris and which we know terrorists want to perpetrate here in America.”
I’ve got better things to do with my time than unpacking the multiple layers of deception he’s engaging in here, but the short version would be something along these lines: fully automatic weapons and explosives, the likes of which that were used in the Paris attack, are highly regulated, and not available at gun shows or gun stores. Period. There is no “terrorist loophole” that allows the legal purchase of these things by terror suspects. Claims to the contrary, particularly given a Congress that he knows won’t pass this sort of ridiculous and unnecessary legislation, are little more than moral posturing through deception. Now, the question as to why Reid chose to engage in this deception, right now, is a more interesting one. If I had to guess, I’d say he’ll see a cash inflow soon from the sort of people who believe in propagating the deception he’s peddling here.