I was having a discussion with a friend today who, although very liberal on most issues, is somewhat middle of the road when it comes to gun control. He’s not against concealed carry, but does favor far more background checks – especially on sales from a private individual to private individual.
He’s a bit surprised that I am against this. “Why?”, he asked.
First, i’d like to preface my reasoning with a little information about me. I am no anarchist. I am not really a doomsday prepper. I do not believe we are due for a revolution, certainly not within my lifetime. I love having SOME government (don’t tell my anti-statist friends though). All of these beliefs being so, I must admit that I really do fear for the generations which come after my death (I do hope to possess at least another 40 years, which will get me into my 80s).
So back again 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 one of 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 help keep and own cars. Most of us caved on the licensing of cars and drivers in regards to a hundred years ago.
Our founding fathers specifically put verbiage in the constitution allowing us to help keep and bear arms. You can find different interpretations about what they meant, but I think at least part of the reasoning was so that we could protect ourselves from a tyrannical government or people who wish to accomplish us harm.
Do I think our government is tyrannical? Well, not quite yet. We’re still probably the most free nation on earth. I really do not like to path our country is on, but I do not 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 defend ourselves from criminals and/or government listed in a database could be sharing information that is way too personal.
The street to hell is paved with good intentions. Government is proficient at making us feel that being safer (their definition) is really worth giving up a few rights. STI 2011 Pistols Forcing people everywhere to join up their private, constitutionally protected guns is really a bad idea.
I could foresee that guns would even get associated with addresses where their owners no further live. What if you moved in to a home where the prior occupants had several guns registered and law enforcement came searching for those folks? Most of us understand that police, most of them being great people, do make mistakes when their adrenaline levels are too high. Would you need your home getting shot up because the prior 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 go on to take any weapons that did not reside in the hands of government personnel. It has recently happened. See the video below.
I believe it is none of the government’s business if I own a gun (or guns). Yes, I want to do the same background check as other people when I obtain a new gun. But do you think that having a national registry would keep guns out of the hands of men and women who could not pass a background check? Not just a chance. I think you would see plenty of gun owners reporting their guns stolen in order to sell their guns to whomever they desire – just as they are able to now.
When times get bad, whose doors are agents of the us government (police or military ) going to be knocking down when they go on their gun collection binges? I’ll tell you – the door’s which are on the addresses included in the gun registry.
While we do not now have a government that kicks in doors and gives gas showers or firing squads to people they don’t like, we do not know very well what our government will appear like in 50 or 100 years. I’d like my children and grandchildren to manage to defend themselves from both a tyrannical government or perhaps a homicidal maniac (I suppose they could be one and the same though).
Starting a national gun registry is the first step to taking guns from people the us government does not want possessing guns. Currently this type of person felons and those with mental problems. Who might these future gunless people be? People of particular political parties? People of certain economic classes? People of certain religions? It has all happened throughout world history. We pretend to function as the enlightened Americans but we have factions that are looking to take all our freedoms and give all the ability to the us government exactly like dictators of past and present we have all heard of.
How can this happen? We have to consider it from two avenues. First the gradual lack of gun rights for all of us through new “minor” restrictive gun laws. Second, the entire lack of gun rights for specific categories of people the us 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 possess guns. As another end burns, more and more of the overall population are becoming the rest of the gun rights recinded as well. When the flames meet in the centre we are left without guns for those who, and we have a government with nothing to fear. That’s the nightmare of the slippery slope.