Administration wants to link gun control to fighting terrorism

  • 15 June 2016
  • NormanL
Administration wants to link gun control to fighting terrorism

The drum beat for gun control in the wake of the Orlando shootings is getting louder, faster:

Shouting erupted Monday evening on the House floor after a moment of silence for the victims of the Orlando massacre as Democrats demanded that the House consider gun control legislation.

After the brief moment of silence that Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, called for, Democrats began shouting from one side of the chamber, interrupting Ryan. Ryan's office only tweeted out a clip of the moment of silence, but not the shouting that followed.

The House just observed a moment of silence in memory of those killed in the terrorist attack in #Orlando.

— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) June 13, 2016

"Where's the bill?" Democrats shouted, referring to gun control legislation.

It's not unusual for the House of Representatives to get a little rowdy now and then. But very quickly, we're getting a sense of where the new gun control strategy is going:

Just days after the massacre in an Orlando nightclub left 49 people dead and 53 wounded, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Tuesday said that gun control is now a critical element of protecting the U.S. homeland and keeping Americans safe. 

"We have to face the fact that meaningful gun control has to be a part of homeland security," Johnson said in an interview on "CBS This Morning." "We need to do something to minimize the opportunity for terrorists to get a gun in this country." 

On the issue of people on the no-fly list and various other lists being able to purchase a weapon in the U.S., Johnson said, "I believe that that's something that has to be addressed."

Putting aside the fact that the Orlando shooter was on no watch lists, and that even the ACLU says government watch lists are a trainwreck, what are we to make of this development?

The Administration wants to frame the gun control debate as the new front on the war against terrorism. So look for a flood-like increase in rhetoric to link anti-terrorism to gun control.

But our general reaction is: you can tell it's an election year, and the left is looking for whatever edge it can get heading into November.