In his weekly radio broadcast on Saturday, President Obama once again called for stronger gun control laws in the aftermath of this week's mass shooting in San Bernardino, California. He referred to that attack as an "act of terror," though also stressed that the precise motive for the attacks was still under investigation, and Obama added that it was "insane" for there to be a loophole that allows possible terrorists on the country's No-Fly list to be able to purchase guns in America. Said the president:
We know that the killers in San Bernardino used military-style assault weapons -- weapons of war -- to kill as many people as they could. It's another tragic reminder that here in America it's way too easy for dangerous people to get their hands on a gun.
For example, right now, people on the No-Fly list can walk into a store and buy a gun. That is insane. If you're too dangerous to board a plane, you're too dangerous, by definition, to buy a gun. And so I'm calling on Congress to close this loophole, now. We may not be able to prevent every tragedy, but -- at a bare minimum -- we shouldn't be making it so easy for potential terrorists or criminals to get their hands on a gun that they could use against Americans.
On Thursday, Senate Republicans voted down a pair of Democratic measures aimed at stricter gun control, including one by Senator Dianne Feinstein that would have restricted anyone on the federal terrorism watch list -- also known as a the No-Fly list -- from being able to purchase firearms in the U.S.
Also on Saturday, in their first front page op-ed since 1920, the New York Times editorial board declared that it was "a moral outrage and a national disgrace that civilians can legally purchase weapons designed specifically to kill people with brutal speed and efficiency":
The Times further insisted that "no right is unlimited and immune from reasonable regulation":
Certain kinds of weapons, like the slightly modified combat rifles used in California, and certain kinds of ammunition, must be outlawed for civilian ownership. It is possible to define those guns in a clear and effective way and, yes, it would require Americans who own those kinds of weapons to give them up for the good of their fellow citizens.
The last time the Times went front-page op-ed on a subject, nearly 100 years ago, was to lambaste newly-nominated presidential candidate Warren G. Harding. Of course, back then those who disagreed with the Times didn't have military-gradeassault rifles or Twitter like RedState editor-in-chief Erick Erickson:
Erickson -- who recently announced that he would be bringing a concealed handgun to defend himself against ISIS when he goes to see the new Star Wars movie -- also asked his followers on Saturday to conduct their own New York Times target-practice sessions and tweet the results, because nothing discourages a newspaper's editors like buying their newspaper.
Photos of the victims of the San Bernardino shooting:
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Obama calls no-fly list gun ownership loophole 'insane'
Dounia Omar sets up a poster showing the photos of 14 people killed in Wednesday's shooting rampage before the start of the memorial service at the Islamic Community Center of Redlands, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, in Loma Linda, Calif. The FBI said it is investigating the rampage as a terrorist attack. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
A picture of Juan Espinoza, a victim in the San Bernardino, Calif., shootings, is shown at an interfaith memorial service at the Islamic Community Center of Redlands, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, in Loma Linda, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Pictures of Wednesday's shooting victims are displayed at a makeshift memorial site Monday, Dec. 7, 2015 in San Bernardino, Calif. Thousands of employees of San Bernardino County are preparing to return to work Monday, five days after a county restaurant inspector and his wife opened fire on a gathering of his co-workers, killing 14 people and wounding 21. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
San Bernardino County employees hold up photos of the San Bernardino shooting victims during a candlelight vigil on Monday, Dec. 7, 2015, in San Bernardino, Calif. The husband and wife who opened fire on a social services center last week had been radicalized "for quite some time" and had taken target practice at area gun ranges, in one instance just days before the attack that left 14 people dead, the FBI said Monday. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
This undated photo provided by George Velasco shows Yvette Velasco. She was one of the victims of a shooting at a social service facility in San Bernardino, Calif., Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015. (Courtesy of George Velasco via AP)
RIALTO, CA. -- THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2015 -- Ryan Reyes, 32, holds a photograph of he and Daniel Kaufman, right, his boyfriend of three years who was confirmed as one of the victims of Wednesday's mass shooting at the Inland Regional Center that left 14 people dead. Reyes had waited all night for word of his fate but found via phone call at about 10:30 A.M. on Thursday. (Photo by Rick Loomis/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
This 2014 photo provided by Greg Fox shows Larry Daniel Kaufman, left, with his boyfriend Ryan Reyes at Comic Con in Los Angeles . Kaufman was killed in the shootings at a social services center in San Bernardino, Calif., Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015. (Greg Fox/ via AP)
RIALTO, CA. -- THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2015 -- Ryan Reyes, 32, left, is consoled by his mother Patricia Reyes after finding out his boyfriend of three years, Daniel Kaufman, 42, was one of those killed during Wednesday's mass shooting at the Inland Regional Center that left 14 people dead. Reyes had waited all night for word of his fate but found via phone call at about 10:30 A.M. on Thursday. (Photo by Rick Loomis/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
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