I was having a discussion with a pal today who, although very liberal on most issues, is somewhat middle of the road as it pertains to gun control. He’s not against concealed carry, but does favor much 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, definitely not within my lifetime. I prefer having SOME government (don’t tell my anti-statist friends though). Most of these beliefs being so, I must admit that I actually do fear for the generations that can come after my death (I do hope to possess at the least another 40 years, which may 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 greatly against having one of these.
My friend countered, very proudly I might add, that individuals must register our cars. You will want to our guns? That is simple. Nowhere in the constitution does it guarantee the best to help keep and own cars. Most of us caved on the licensing of cars and drivers in regards to 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 as to what they meant, staccato but I think at the least part of these reasoning was so that individuals could protect ourselves from the tyrannical government or those who wish to accomplish us harm.
Do I think our government is tyrannical? Well, not exactly yet. We’re still the absolute most free nation on earth. I actually 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 as well as 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 would be sharing information that is way too personal.
The trail to hell is paved with good intentions. Government is great at making us believe that being safer (their definition) is really worth giving up a couple of rights. Forcing people everywhere to join up their private, constitutionally protected guns is a bad idea.
I can foresee that guns would even get associated with addresses where their owners no longer live. Imagine if you moved right into a home where the last occupants had several guns registered and law enforcement came looking for those folks? Most of us know that police, a lot of them being great people, do make mistakes when their adrenaline levels are too high. Would you need 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 will make a move to take any weapons that didn’t reside in the hands of government personnel. It has recently happened. Start to see the video below.
I believe it is none of the government’s business if I own a weapon (or guns). Yes, I need to do the same background check as someone else when I obtain a new gun. But you think that having a national registry would keep guns from the hands of men and women who could not pass a background check? Not a chance. I think you’d see plenty of gun owners reporting their guns stolen to be able to sell their guns to whomever they desire – in the same way 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 each goes on the gun collection binges? I’ll tell you – the door’s which can be 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 don’t like, we do not understand 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 perhaps a homicidal maniac (I suppose they may be one and 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 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 be the enlightened Americans but we have factions that are looking to take all our freedoms and give all the power 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 loss of gun rights for everyone through new “minor” restrictive gun laws. Second, the complete loss of gun rights for specific sets 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 these gun rights taken away as well. When the flames meet in the middle we’re left without any guns for anyone, and we have a government with nothing to fear. That’s the nightmare of the slippery slope.