I was having a discussion with a friend today who, although very liberal on most issues, is somewhat middle of the road in regards to gun control. He’s not against concealed carry, but does favor much more background checks – especially on sales from a private individual to private individual.
He’s somewhat surprised that I’m against this. “Why?”, he asked.
First, i’d like to preface my reasoning with only a little details about me. I’m not an anarchist. I’m not a doomsday prepper. I do not believe we’re due for a revolution, certainly not within my lifetime. I like 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 which come after my death (I do hope to possess at the least another 40 years, which will 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’m quite definitely against having among these.
My friend countered, very proudly I might add, that people must register our cars. STI 2011 You will want to our guns? This really is simple. Nowhere in the constitution does it guarantee the best to help keep and own cars. All of us caved on the licensing of cars and drivers about a 100 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 the least part of their reasoning was so that people could protect ourselves from a tyrannical government or people who wish to do us harm.
Do I think that our government is tyrannical? Well, nearly yet. We’re still the most free nation on earth. I really do in contrast to 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 protect ourselves from criminals and/or government listed in a database could be sharing information that is far too personal.
The road to hell is paved with good intentions. Government is great at making us genuinely believe that being safer (their definition) is really worth stopping a few rights. Forcing people everywhere to register their private, constitutionally protected guns is really a bad idea.
I can foresee that guns would even get linked with addresses where their owners no further live. Imagine if you moved right into a home where the last occupants had several guns registered and law enforcement came trying to find those folks? All of us know that police, many of them being great people, do make mistakes when their adrenaline levels are too high. Would you want your house getting shot up because the last residents had guns listed in the registry?
Within a so-called “state of emergency” you are able to bet some local, state or national governments would make a proceed to take any weapons that didn’t reside in the hands of government personnel. It has recently happened. Begin to see the video below.
I believe it is none of the government’s business if I own a gun (or guns). Yes, I have to do exactly the same background check as someone else when I buy a new gun. But you think that having a national registry would keep guns out from the hands of men and women who couldn’t pass a background check? Not really a chance. I think you’d see a lot of gun owners reporting their guns stolen to be able to sell their guns to whomever they desire – just like they could now.
When times get bad, whose doors are agents of the us government (police or military ) likely to be knocking down when they’re going on their gun collection binges? I’ll inform you – the door’s which are on the addresses contained in the gun registry.
While we do not actually have a government that kicks in doors and gives gas showers or firing squads to people they cannot like, we do not know very well what our government can look like in 50 or 100 years. I’d like my children and grandchildren to be able to defend themselves from both a tyrannical government or even a homicidal maniac (I suppose they may be one and exactly the same though).
Starting a national gun registry may be the first step to taking guns from people the us government does not want possessing guns. Currently these people are 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 be the enlightened Americans but we have factions looking to take all our freedoms and give all the power to the us government exactly like dictators of past and present we have all heard of.
So how exactly does this happen? We have to view it from two avenues. First the gradual loss of gun rights for all of us through new “minor” restrictive gun laws. Second, the complete loss 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 one other end burns, more and more of the typical population are receiving the remainder of their gun rights taken away as well. When the flames meet in the middle we’re left with no guns for those who, and we have a government with nothing to fear. That is the nightmare of the slippery slope.Other