Bomber suspects’ guns big slap at NRA’s gun control obstinacy

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | 5/1/2013, 10:08 a.m.

The NRA claims that the watch list is just another ploy by the government to clamp down on gun sales and ownership. The NRA’s answer to terrorism was simply to keep terrorists off the streets.

LaPierre didn’t say how the government could accomplish that feat if its own method of tracking those potential terrorists was judged by the NRA to be “flawed” and presumably useless.

Despite the NRA’s twisted logic, the horrific reality is that Tsarnaev’s gun stash was no aberration. Anti-terror experts have repeatedly noted that nearly all of those individuals who have committed terrorist acts have used guns that were purchased legally in the country.

This flies squarely in the face of the popular notion that terrorists are supplied by foreign sources or that they smuggle weapons into the country from some sinister foreign group.

The NRA, though, was hardly the only group that was unmoved enough to link the carnage in Boston to lax gun laws. The senators who caved to the NRA and helped torpedo the gun control bill and the amendments that might make a difference in keeping guns out of the hands of future terrorists were also unrepentant.

Not one of them has given any public hint that their vote may have been off base, and that Boston could and should be a spur to reconsider tougher gun curbs. Even so, the Boston bomb attack still stands as a big slap at their failure to act and the NRA’s gun control obstinacy.

Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an author and political analyst.