P5b: Prohibit People on Terror Watch List from Buying Guns

This post is part of a long series of planned blog posts about proposed gun control measures to reduce the risk of mass shootings.

Link to Serious Example of this Proposal: http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/283822-senate-schedules-votes-on-gun-control

1) What problem does it solve?

Mass shooters target unarmed citizens.

2) How well does it solve the problem?

Affirmative Answer: TBD

Negative Answer:

It’s not clear how much lifesaving impact the new legislation would have, even in the unlikely chance that either one passes because, relatively speaking, so few gun deaths come from terrorist attacks1 and background checks are so easy to evade at gun shows and on the internet. (Terrorists increasingly are turning to guns, though, and have used them in three mass shootings over the last 12 months: Orlando, the Charleston church shooting and San Bernardino.)

Source: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-problems-with-using-the-terrorist-watch-list-to-ban-gun-sales/

3) What new problems does it add?

Affirmative Answer: TBD

Negative Answer: TBD

4) What are the economic and social costs?

Affirmative Answer: TBD

Negative Answer:

(a) Terror watch lists are secretive. You don’t know why you are on the list, and don’t know how to get off. No due process.

Counterpoint: “Nonetheless, the probability that a law-abiding U.S. gun buyer would be mistakenly prevented from buying a gun is low. There is roughly a 1-in-89,000 chance3 a background check conducted since 2013 would be flagged in the terror watch list.” Source: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-problems-with-using-the-terrorist-watch-list-to-ban-gun-sales/

5) Given the above, is it worth the costs?

Affirmative Answer: Yes

Negative Answer: No

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