The Dems have a crafty bill linking gun control with the war on terror. And it is being introduced by Sen. Frank Lautenberg of NJ, who (we imagine) fears no backlash since he will be 117 years old when he comes up for re-election.
Now, what Lautenberg is proposing makes sense to me, but we will see what the NRA makes of it.
Frequently Unasked Questions: if someone on the Fed's terrorist watch list were denied a seat on an airplane, what would the Times say?
And a commenter at Tigerhawk makes an astute point - the Times is hand-wringing about the easy access to guns enjoyed by terror suspects (and the rest of us). Although it is separate from the Lautenberg proposal to change our record-keeping, if the Times apparent notion of denying arms sales to terror suspects came into effect, wouldn't Al Qaeda operatives find this to be an easy way to see if they were on the watch list? Go to a gun store, try to buy a gun, see if you are turned down.