I was having a discussion with a pal today who, although very liberal of all issues, is somewhat middle of the road as it pertains to gun control. He is not against concealed carry, but does favor far more background checks – especially on sales from an exclusive 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 information about me. I am not an anarchist. I am not really a doomsday prepper. I don’t believe we’re due for a revolution, 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 actually do fear for the generations that can come after my death (I do hope to own at the least another 40 years, which may get me into my 80s).
So back once 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 am greatly against having among these.
My friend countered, very proudly I may add, that we must register our cars. You will want to our guns? This is simple. Nowhere in the constitution does it guarantee the right to help keep and own cars. All of us caved on the licensing of cars and drivers about a hundred years ago.
Our founding fathers specifically put verbiage in the constitution allowing us to help keep and bear arms. You will find different interpretations about what they meant, staccato but I believe at the least part of their reasoning was so that we could protect ourselves from the tyrannical government or people who wish to accomplish us harm.
Do I believe which our government is tyrannical? Well, not exactly yet. We’re still probably the most free nation on earth. I actually do not like to path our country is on, but I don’t feel it’s to late to right the ship.
Having a national gun registry would lead to forced gun buy-backs or even 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 could be sharing information that is much too personal.
The street to hell is paved with good intentions. Government is good at making us think that being safer (their definition) is well worth giving up several rights. Forcing people everywhere to register their private, constitutionally protected guns is really a bad idea.
I will foresee that guns would even get linked with addresses where their owners no more live. Imagine if you moved in to a home where the prior occupants had a number of guns registered and the authorities came searching for those folks? All of us realize that police, most of them being great people, do make mistakes when their adrenaline levels are too high. Would you need your property 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 proceed to take any weapons that did not reside in the hands of government personnel. It has recently happened. Begin to see the video below.
I still find it none of the government’s business if I own a weapon (or guns). Yes, I want to do exactly the same background check as other people when I buy a new gun. But do 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 believe you would see lots of gun owners reporting their guns stolen to be able to sell their guns to whomever they desire – just like they can now.
When times get bad, whose doors are agents of the government (police or military ) likely to be knocking down when they’re going on their gun collection binges? I’ll let you know – the door’s which are on the addresses within 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 do not like, we don’t know very well what our government will look like in 50 or 100 years. I would like my children and grandchildren to manage to defend themselves from both a tyrannical government or perhaps a homicidal maniac (I suppose they may be one and exactly the same though).
Starting a national gun registry is the first faltering step to taking guns from people the government does not need possessing guns. Currently these people are felons and those 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 function as the enlightened Americans but we’ve factions that want to take all our freedoms and give all the energy to the government exactly like dictators of past and present we’ve all heard of.
How can this happen? We have to look at it from two avenues. First the gradual loss in gun rights for everyone through new “minor” restrictive gun laws. Second, the complete loss in gun rights for specific groups of people the government has targeted. Imagine a candle burning at both ends. As you end burns, more and more of the governments enemies are specifically forbidden to own guns. As one other end burns, more and more of the general population are getting the rest of their gun rights recinded 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 is the nightmare of the slippery slope.