The NRA defends the Second Amendment rights of people on the terrorist watch list. Now I’m no fan of allowing officials to make people’s lives difficult by arbitrarily putting their names on lists. And I’m no fan of the Brady Campaign. And I’m glad the bill the NRA opposes includes a provision allowing people to challenge a “terrorist suspect” designation.
But really and truly, doesn’t it seem just a tad … extreme … to allow people on the watch list to buy firearms? I hope this turns into a big floor fight, with Republicans caught between the NRA and the Little Green Footballs/Mark Steyn/Ann Coulter forget-civil-liberties-we’re-at-war crowd. It will be fascinating to see whether Glenn Reynolds bothers to notice, and if he does which side he takes.