2020 Democratic presidential primary candidate from Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) suggested a “no fly, no buy” gun control policy during a Monday televised town hall; an idea that critics have decried as violating due process.
While answering questions during a televised CNN town hall, Warren — the senior senator from Massachusetts — stated that “seven children and teenagers” die in the U.S. per day due to gun violence and compared gun violence deaths to those of “some mysterious virus.”
The senator said that the U.S. would be “pulling out all the stops” to deal with the hypothetical virus before claiming that “we don’t do anything” to address gun violence, “not even the most sensible kinds of things” before endorsing “background checks” and a “no fly, no buy” gun control policy that would prevent individuals on the No-Fly List from purchasing firearms.
“But, instead, with gun violence, right now, we don’t do anything, not even the most sensible kinds of things. Background checks at the federal level. No fly, no buy. Like, if you’re on the terrorist watch list, maybe you shouldn’t be able to buy a gun.”
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“With gun violence, right now we’re not doing anything. Not even the most sensible kinds of things, background checks … This is a national problem,” Elizabeth Warren says when asked about gun control. #WarrenTownHall pic.twitter.com/9H6cDtsFCW
— CNN (@CNN) March 19, 2019
Critics of the No-Fly List — first implemented under former President George W. Bush and continued under former President Barack Obama and President Donald Trump — have decried it as violating due process, as people placed on the list usually have no say in the matter.
The American Civil Liberties Union is one of these critics and has slammed the No-Fly List’s “standards for inclusion” as “unconstitutionally vague,” going on to say that “innocent people are blacklisted without a fair process to correct government error.”
Congressional Democrats tried to pass legislation in 2015 establishing a “no fly, no buy” following the shooting in San Bernardino, California that left 14 dead, and brought up the legislation again in 2016 after the fatal Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida.
Warren’s comments come as the 2020 Democratic presidential primary heats up. The Massachusetts senator will be facing off against other big names, including fellow Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.).