President Obama took time out of his busy schedule to address the nation on Sunday evening in the wake of the horrific terror attack in California last week. Predictably, the president called for certain gun control measures, including a gun ban for anyone listed on the elusive “no-fly list.”
The deceased radicalized suspects Syed Rizwan Farook, 28 and Tashfeen Malik, 27 took the lives of 14 innocent people, injuring 21 others. Farook communicated “with at least one person who was being investigated for possible terror connections…” but the couple somehow escaped scrutiny by the FBI.
During his address to the nation, President Obama declared:
“There are several steps that Congress should take right away. To begin with, Congress should act to make sure no one on a no-fly list is able to buy a gun. What could possibly be the argument for allowing a terrorist suspect to buy a semiautomatic weapon? This is a matter of national security.”
The no-fly list is described at TownHall as “a mangled, bureaucratic mess…” When President George W. Bush left office, there were 47,000 people on the no-fly list. The list has grown drastically under President Obama to “over 700,000 names.”
The website TechDirt explains how people are put on the list, derisively referring to the process which includes “Behavioral Detection Officers” who look for “vague indicators” as “a billion-dollar program with the accuracy of a coin flip.”
The ACLU has criticized the “secretive” and “unconstitutional” process surrounding the no-fly list, where individuals “are barred from commercial air travel with no meaningful chance to clear their names, resulting in a vast and growing group of individuals whom the government deems too dangerous to fly but too harmless to arrest.”
Farook and Malik’s names were not on the no-fly list.