A Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing last week provided fresh proof of the influence of the National Rifle Association on Congress. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., called it "going too far" to deny people on the FBI's terrorist watch list the right to buy guns or explosives. One speaker labeled the bill, promoted by both the Bush and Obama administrations, as "the Gun Owners Are Probably All Terrorists Act." According to the Government Accountability Office, people on the terrorism watch lists were able to buy guns and explosives from licensed U.S. dealers 1,119 times between 2004 and 2010. Yet, as New York Times columnist Gail Collins noted, "a guy who stands up in the House and defends the torture of terror suspects will nearly faint with horror at the prospect of depriving someone on the watch list of the right to purchase a pistol."