The Huffington Post’s Dan Froomkin reports that Senators Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Susan Collins (R-ME) balked during a hearing at supporting new legislation that would prevent suspected terrorists from buying guns. Also, Froomkin noted, a “Government Accountability Office report out today disclosed that from February 2004 through February 2010, individuals on the terrorist watchlist were involved in firearm or explosives background checks 1,228 times. Of those, 1,119, or 91 percent, were allowed to proceed because there were no legally disqualifying factors.” But never mind that, “We’re talking about a constitutional right here,” Graham said. It’s a surprising position to take so soon after the failed Times Square bombing. And a good reason to read William A. Collins OtherWords column, Gotta Get Me a Gun.
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