In light of the vast increase in mass gun shootings in the US, President Obama called for tightening gun control for those on "no-fly" terror lists.
House Republicans disagreed, saying terrorists aren't the problem - mental illness is.
Via USA Today:
“People with mental illness are getting guns and committing these mass shootings,” Ryan said on CBS This Morning. Ryan made the same point earlier this week in reaction to the post-Thanksgiving shooting at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic.
The Wisconsin Republican said part of the discussion surrounding mental health legislation is who should and shouldn’t have access to guns, but he signaled that barring gun purchases by people on no-fly terror lists — as President Obama urged Wednesday — is not an option.
Ryan said government officials put people on such lists without any due legal process and so denying those listed the right to bear arms would violate their rights. “People have due process rights in this country,” he said. He said that if someone is suspected of plotting an attack, law enforcement officials should arrest them.
People we don't allow to fly on a place are allowed to walk into a gun store and buy a firearm.
And yet - Congressional Republicans REFUSE to pass even common sense background checks for gun buyers.
Explain that to me. Please.