I was having a discussion with a pal 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 a lot more background checks – especially on sales from a personal individual to private individual.
He’s a bit surprised that I’m against this. “Why?”, he asked.
First, allow me to preface my reasoning with only a little details about me. I’m not an anarchist. I’m not really a doomsday prepper. I do not believe we’re due for a revolution, most certainly not within my lifetime. I prefer 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 lead to a nationwide gun registry. I’m greatly against having among these.
My friend countered, very proudly I will add, that individuals must register our cars. Why not our guns? This really 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 of a hundred years ago.
Our founding fathers specifically put verbiage in the constitution allowing us to keep and bear arms. STI GUNS You will find different interpretations as to what they meant, but I think at least part of the reasoning was so that individuals could protect ourselves from the tyrannical government or people who wish to complete us harm.
Do I think that our government is tyrannical? Well, not quite yet. We’re still the most free nation on earth. I really do nothing 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 lead to forced gun buy-backs as well as 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 would be sharing information that’s way too personal.
The street to hell is paved with good intentions. Government is good at making us genuinely believe that being safer (their definition) is well worth giving up several rights. Forcing people everywhere to join up their private, constitutionally protected guns is just a bad idea.
I could foresee that guns would even get tied to addresses where their owners no more live. What if you moved into a home where the last occupants had several guns registered and law enforcement came looking for those folks? All of us understand that police, many of them being great people, do make mistakes when their adrenaline levels are too high. Would you want your property getting shot up because the last residents had guns listed in the registry?
During a so-called “state of emergency” you can bet some local, state or national governments would make a move to take any weapons that did not reside in the hands of government personnel. It has happened. Start to 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 exact 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 from the hands of individuals who couldn’t pass a background check? Not a chance. I think you would see a lot of gun owners reporting their guns stolen in order to sell their guns to whomever they desire – in the same way they could now.
When times get bad, whose doors are agents of the government (police or military ) planning to be knocking down when each goes on the gun collection binges? I’ll inform you – the door’s which are on the addresses within 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 do not like, we do not understand what our government can look like in 50 or 100 years. I need my children and grandchildren to manage to defend themselves from both a tyrannical government or even a homicidal maniac (I suppose they may be one and the exact same though).
Starting a national gun registry is the first step to taking guns from people the government does not want possessing guns. Currently this type of person felons and individuals with mental problems. Who might these future gunless people be? Folks of particular political parties? Folks of certain economic classes? Folks of certain religions? It’s all happened throughout world history. We pretend to be the enlightened Americans but we’ve factions that are looking to take all our freedoms and give all the power to the government exactly like dictators of past and present we’ve all heard of.
How does this happen? We have to look at it from two avenues. First the gradual loss of gun rights for anyone through new “minor” restrictive gun laws. Second, the entire loss of gun rights for specific groups of people the 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 the other end burns, more and more of the overall population are receiving the remaining of the gun rights removed as well. Once the flames meet at the center we’re left with no guns for those who, and we’ve a government with nothing to fear. That’s the nightmare of the slippery slope.