I was having a discussion with a friend today who, although very liberal of all issues, is somewhat middle of the trail when it comes to gun control. He’s not against concealed carry, but does favor much more background checks – especially on sales from an exclusive individual to private individual.
He’s a little surprised that I am against this. “Why?”, he asked.
First, i’d like to preface my reasoning with a little information regarding me. I am not an anarchist. I am not really a doomsday prepper. I don’t believe we’re due for a revolution, most certainly not within my lifetime. I love having SOME government (don’t tell my anti-statist friends though). Many of these beliefs being so, I must admit that I really do fear for the generations that come after my death (I do hope to have at the least another 40 years, which would get me into my 80s).
So back to my friend. Why do I disagree with him? Well, it’s simple. Background checks on every sale, specifically private individual to private individual, would cause a nationwide gun registry. I am quite definitely against having among these.
My friend countered, very proudly I may add, that we must register our cars. You will want to our guns? That is simple. Nowhere in the constitution does it guarantee the right to keep and own cars. All of us caved on the licensing of cars and drivers about a century ago.
Our founding fathers specifically put verbiage in the constitution allowing us to keep and bear arms. STI 2011 Pistols For Sale Online You can find different interpretations about what they meant, but I think at the least part of the reasoning was so that we could protect ourselves from the tyrannical government or those who wish to do us harm.
Do I think that our government is tyrannical? Well, not quite yet. We are still the most free nation on earth. I r eally do nothing like to path our country is on, but I don’t feel it’s to late to right the ship.
Having a national gun registry would cause forced gun buy-backs or even confiscation during some future crisis (either natural or man-made). Having our abilities to guard ourselves from criminals and/or government listed in a database will be sharing information that is much too personal.
The trail to hell is paved with good intentions. Government is good at making us think that being safer (their definition) is really worth quitting several rights. Forcing people everywhere to register their private, constitutionally protected guns is just a bad idea.
I can foresee that guns would even get tied to addresses where their owners no longer live. Imagine if you moved in to a home where the last occupants had several guns registered and the police came looking for those folks? All of us realize that police, many of them being great people, do make mistakes when their adrenaline levels are too high. Would you would like your property getting shot up because the last residents had guns listed in the registry?
Throughout a so-called “state of emergency” you can bet some local, state or national governments would make a proceed to take any weapons that did not reside in the hands of government personnel. It has already happened. Start to see the video below.
I still find it none of the government’s business if I own a gun (or guns). Yes, I have to do exactly the same background check as other people when I purchase a new gun. But you think that having a national registry would keep guns out from the hands of people who could not pass a background check? Not a chance. I think you’d see a lot of gun owners reporting their guns stolen in order to sell their guns to whomever they desire – just like they can now.
When times get bad, whose doors are agents of the federal government (police or military ) planning to be knocking down when each goes on the gun collection binges? I’ll tell you – the door’s which are on the addresses within the gun registry.
While we don’t now have a government that kicks in doors and gives gas showers or firing squads to people they cannot like, we don’t know very well what our government will look like in 50 or 100 years. I need my children and grandchildren to have the ability to defend themselves from both a tyrannical government or a homicidal maniac (I suppose they are often one and exactly the same though).
Starting a national gun registry could be the first faltering step to taking guns from people the federal government does not need possessing guns. Currently this type of person felons and those with mental problems. Who might these future gunless people be? Individuals of particular political parties? Individuals of certain economic classes? Individuals of certain religions? It’s all happened throughout world history. We pretend to function as the enlightened Americans but we have factions looking to take all our freedoms and give all the energy to the federal government the same as dictators of past and present we have all heard of.
So how exactly does this happen? We’ve to view it from two avenues. First the gradual loss of gun rights for everyone through new “minor” restrictive gun laws. Second, the entire loss of gun rights for specific groups of people the federal government has targeted. Imagine a candle burning at both ends. As one end burns, more and more of the governments enemies are specifically forbidden to have guns. As one other end burns, more and more of the general population are receiving the remaining of the gun rights recinded as well. When the flames meet in the middle we’re left with no guns for anyone, and we have a government with nothing to fear. That’s the nightmare of the slippery slope.Read More