I was having a discussion with a buddy today who, although very liberal on most issues, is somewhat middle of the trail when it comes to gun control. He is not against concealed carry, but does favor much more background checks – especially on sales from a private individual to private individual.
He is a little surprised that I am against this. “Why?”, he asked.
First, let me preface my reasoning with only a little details about me. I am not an anarchist. I am not a doomsday prepper. I don’t believe we are due for a revolution, definitely not within my lifetime. I like 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 that can come after my death (I do hope to possess at the 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 is simple. Background checks on every sale, specifically private individual to private individual, would result in a nationwide gun registry. I am quite definitely against having certainly one of these.
My friend countered, very proudly I might add, that we 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. We all 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. You can find different interpretations about what they meant, but I believe at the least part of these reasoning was so that we could protect ourselves from the tyrannical government or those who wish to complete us harm.
Do I believe that our government is tyrannical? Well, not quite yet. We’re still probably the most free nation on earth. I really do nothing like to path our country is on, Staccato Firearms but I don’t feel it is to late to right the ship.
Having a national gun registry would result in 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 will be sharing information that is far 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 stopping a few rights. Forcing people everywhere to join up 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 into a home where the previous occupants had a number of guns registered and law enforcement came looking for those folks? We all understand that police, a lot 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 previous residents had guns listed in the registry?
Within a so-called “state of emergency” you can bet some local, state or national governments would make a move to take any weapons that didn’t reside in the hands of government personnel. It has 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 want to do the exact same background check as other people when I purchase a new gun. But do you think that having a national registry would keep guns out of the hands of people who could not pass a background check? Not a chance. I believe you would see lots 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 us government (police or military ) planning to be knocking down when they’re going on the gun collection binges? I’ll tell you – the door’s which can be on the addresses contained in the gun registry.
While we don’t already have a government that kicks in doors and gives gas showers or firing squads to people they cannot like, we don’t understand what our government will look like in 50 or 100 years. I’d like my children and grandchildren to have the ability to defend themselves from both a tyrannical government or a homicidal maniac (I suppose they may be one and the exact same though).
Starting a national gun registry could be the first faltering step to taking guns from people the us government does not want possessing guns. Currently these people are 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 has all happened throughout world history. We pretend to function as enlightened Americans but we have factions that want to take all our freedoms and give all the ability to the us government just like dictators of past and present we have all heard of.
So how exactly does this happen? We’ve to consider it from two avenues. First the gradual lack of gun rights for anyone through new “minor” restrictive gun laws. Second, the entire lack of gun rights for specific groups of people the us government has targeted. Imagine a candle burning at both ends. Together 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 general population are getting the rest of these gun rights removed as well. When the flames meet in the centre we are left without any guns for everyone, and we have a government with nothing to fear. That’s the nightmare of the slippery slope.