President Barack Obama proposed banning people on the no-fly list from buying guns during an address from the Oval Office on Dec. 5, but Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida rejected that idea on Dec. 6 (video below).
"Right now, people on the no-fly list can walk into a store and buy a gun," Obama stated, according to CNN. "That's insane. If you're too dangerous to board a plane, you're too dangerous, by definition, to buy a gun. And so I'm calling on Congress to close this loophole, now."
During an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper on "State Of The Union" on Dec. 6, Rubio was asked about Obama's proposal, which he previously voted against along with every GOP member in the U.S. Senate except for Republican Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois. The Senate vote was held during the week of Dec. 4, and every Democrat except for one -- Sen. Heidi Heitkampf of North Dakota -- voted in favor of it, McClatchy DC reported. The final vote was 54-45 against the gun ban.
"Because the majority of the people on the no-fly list are oftentimes people that basically just have the same name as somebody else who don’t belong on the no-fly list. Former Sen. Ted Kennedy once said he was on a no-fly list. There are journalists on the no-fly list. There are others involved in the no-fly list that wind up there.
"These are everyday Americans that have nothing to do with terrorism, they wind up on the no-fly list. There’s no due process or any way to get your name removed from it in a timely fashion, and now they’re having their Second Amendment rights being impeded upon.
"If these were perfect lists, that’d be one thing, but there are over 700,000 Americans on some watch list or another that would all be captured under this amendment the Democrats offered, and that’s the problem. There aren’t 700,000 terrorists operating in America openly on watch lists.
"They include vast numbers of Americans who have names similar to someone we're looking for. Sometimes you’re only on that list because the FBI wants to talk to you about someone you know, not because you’re a suspect. And, again, now your Second Amendment right is being impeded with."
Tapper countered by saying that the majority of people on the no-fly list were not on there "by accident," but Rubio insisted a "significant number" of Americans were wrongly on the no-fly list.
Rubio failed to mention that the no-fly list that he repeatedly criticized was created by President George W. Bush's administration, which came to light after the FBI and Transport Security Administration falsely denied that the list existed for two and a half years, Wikipedia notes.