Terrorist Gun Ban? Thornberry: Terror Watchlist Could Be ‘More Carefully Defined’

Rep. Mac Thornberry, (R-Texas), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said on Thursday that he might go along with a gun ban for people on the terrorist watchlist — if that list “is more carefully defined.”

“So, for example, in the past few days I have personally have heard of police sheriffs, a variety of people, who are on the terrorist watchlist,” Thornberry told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” gun-control advocates.

“So what happens is, we dump a bunch of names onto this list for a variety of reasons, and then we want to infringe a Second Amendment right just because of some administrative error. And so, maybe it could be tightened up. Maybe you could have a different sort of list that would make sense. I’m certainly open to pursuing that.

“But this kind of widespread, okay, we just make a new law on guns, and then all of this goes away — I  think that’s delusional.”

Speaking while the rampage in San Bernardino was still “active,” President Obama on Wednesday told CBS  News, “There are some steps we could take, not to eliminate everyone one of these mass shootings, but to improve the odds that they don’t happen as frequently.”