Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) (AP)
(CNSNews.com) – “Anyone who thinks that another gun control law will thwart the will of a radical Islamist who is intent on taking innocent life is delusional,” said Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) in a statement on Thursday. She made her remarks in response to the news that the Senate will hold votes on gun control measures following a 15-hour filibuster from Senate Democrats protesting inaction on the measures.
“As a firearm owner myself, I believe that instead of eroding the 2nd Amendment, we must expand these rights so that Americans are empowered to protect themselves from those who would do us harm,” Rep. Black said.
“This means passing legislation like the National Right to Carry Reciprocity Act, so that law-abiding citizens can take their firearms with them wherever they may travel within the United States,” she argued.
Black also criticized “gun free zones,” arguing that this is “is exactly where this terrorist attack in Orlando occurred.” The Pulse night-club legally was a gun-free zone because alcohol was served on the premises.
“My greatest wish in the wake of this atrocity is that an armed civilian bystander would have been able to apprehend this terrorist before he inflicted further harm,” she explained, “but under Florida state law, such a person would have been committing a crime themselves.”
“The proposals slated to be considered in the Senate will only serve to deny Americans their right to due process and risk disarming citizens who have committed no crime. If such measures come before the House, I will vote against them,” Black concluded. “It is time our lawmakers read their Bill of Rights and took the words ‘shall not be infringed’ to heart.”
One of the proposals that the Senate may consider is the Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act put forward by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), which would allow the attorney general to ban gun sales to suspected terrorists, including those on watch lists, if there is “reasonable belief” the weapons may be used in an attack.
USA Today reports that, “Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has said he and his GOP colleagues are open to legislation that would ban such sales, but only if it includes due process protections for individuals listed to appeal their gun ban.”