Texas Republican Will Hurd Votes to Let Suspects on Terror List Buy Guns
Texas Republican Congressman Will Hurd voted against bringing up a bill that would have allowed the Attorney General to deny firearm and explosive licenses to any person determined to be engaged in terrorist activities.
The vote on the bill, H.R. 22, comes just days after San Bernandino's mass shooting that killed 14 - one of two mass shootings that day and the 355th shooting so far in 2015.
The Washington Post reported that, "Between 2004 and 2014, suspected terrorists attempted to purchase guns from American dealers at least 2,233 times." Hurd's opposition to letting suspected terrorists buy guns runs directly counter to what most people consider reasonable:
A 2012 survey conducted by conservative pollster Frank Luntz, for pro-gun-control group Everytown USA, found that 76 percent of American gun owners, including 71 percent of NRA members, supported prohibiting people on the terror watchlist from buying guns.
In his brief time in Congress, Hurd hasn't shown much care for what people who live in his district think - having already broken campaign promises he made to seniors, students, and veterans. That's one of many reasons that Democrat Pete Gallego will be up in a rematch against Hurd in 2016.
For more on the (apparently controversial) no-guns-for-terrorists proposal, check out this report from CNN, as well as the Washington Posts's graphic below.