Conn. Gov.: Some Watchlist Or Other Might Stop Terrorism If I Can Get My Hands On It

posted on December 12, 2015

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy announced Thursday an executive order that would ban those on a government watchlist from purchasing firearms. Exactly which list is unclear—Malloy stated Thursday that those who “can’t fly without clearing government watchlists” should be barred from buying guns, referring to the No-Fly List. But in a CBS interview Friday, when asked to specify which list, he replied, “There’s a terrorism watch list, and I think that’s A-number-1.” 

While he uses some variation of the phrase “make us safer” six times in that six-minute interview, he never attempts to back it up, instead conflating the issue with “universal” background checks and even the Syrian refugee crisis. And when asked if he’d be able to obtain the lists, Malloy stammered, “Uh, we’re having discussions and I believe that, uh, I’m hopeful that it will lead to allowing us to use these lists … uh, we are in discussion …” 

Speaking of things that won’t fly, let’s all hope Malloy’s unconstitutional scheme, which tosses due process out the window, never makes it off the ground.

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