Fox News panelist and Pulitzer Prize winner Charles Krauthammer recently criticized President Barack Obama’s call to ban individuals on the no-fly list from obtaining firearms. Krauthammer said terrorists will find ways around any form of gun control, just as domestic criminals have (video below).
Following the Dec. 2 mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, Obama and the Democratic party have put pressure on Republican lawmakers to help pass legislation that would ban the sale of guns to any person put on the no-fly list. The San Bernardino shooters were a radicalized Muslim couple who had reportedly pledged their support to ISIS on social media.
GOP lawmakers have been resistant to the proposal. Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, who is running for president, has defended his position against the legislation, saying that the no-fly list is flawed.
"The majority of the people on the no-fly list are often times people that just basically have the same name as somebody else who doesn't belong on the no-fly list,” Rubio said on CNN's "State of the Union."
“Former Sen. Ted Kennedy once said he was on a no-fly list," he added. "There are journalists on the no-fly list.”
Republican front-runner Donald Trump is the only candidate to be open to the idea.
"Well, I'd certainly take a look at it,” Trump said on CBS's "Face the Nation."
“I would certainly look at that very hard," he added.
Appearing on Fox News’ “Special Report” on Dec. 8, Krauthammer cited California’s tough firearm laws as evidence that gun control will not improve national security.
"If you're a jihadist who wants to kill Americans, you're not going to be held back by the niceties of the gun control laws," Krauthammer said. "Even an ordinary criminal gets around them."
Krauthammer criticized Obama’s proposal, deeming it a “red herring.”
“This is a way for Obama who doesn’t want to talk about the policy against ISIS which is a failure to it talk about something else,” Krauthammer said. “And we are falling into that trap.”