I was having a discussion with a friend today who, although very liberal on most issues, is somewhat middle of the street as it pertains to gun control. He is not against concealed carry, but does favor far more background checks – especially on sales from a private individual to private individual.
He is somewhat 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 just a doomsday prepper. I do not believe we are due for a revolution, most certainly 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 have at the very 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 lead to a nationwide gun registry. I’m greatly against having among these.
My friend countered, very proudly I might add, that individuals must register our cars. Why don’t you our guns? This is simple. Nowhere in the constitution does it guarantee the right to help 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 help keep and bear arms. You will find different interpretations about what they meant, but I think at the very least part of the reasoning was so that individuals could protect ourselves from a tyrannical government or people who wish to do us harm.
Do I think our government is tyrannical? Well, not quite yet. We are still probably the most free nation on earth. I really do not like to path our country is on, STI Guns for sale but I do not feel it is 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 protect ourselves from criminals and/or government listed in a database will be sharing information that’s way too personal.
The road to hell is paved with good intentions. Government is great at making us feel that being safer (their definition) is really worth stopping several rights. Forcing people everywhere to register their private, constitutionally protected guns is just a bad idea.
I will foresee that guns would even get linked with addresses where their owners no further live. What if you moved into a home where the last occupants had numerous guns registered and the police came trying to find those folks? We all know that police, many of them being great people, do make mistakes when their adrenaline levels are too high. Would you want your home 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 already 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 purchase a new gun. But you think that having a national registry would keep guns out from the hands of people who could not pass a background check? Not just a chance. I think you would see plenty 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 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 can be on the addresses contained in the gun registry.
While we do not currently have a government that kicks in doors and gives gas showers or firing squads to people they don’t like, we do not know what our government can look like in 50 or 100 years. I would like my children and grandchildren to have the ability to defend themselves from both a tyrannical government or perhaps a homicidal maniac (I suppose they could be one and the same though).
Starting a national gun registry is the first faltering 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? People of particular political parties? People of certain economic classes? People 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 ability to the government just like dictators of past and present we have all heard of.
So how exactly does this happen? We’ve to view it from two avenues. First the gradual lack of gun rights for everybody through new “minor” restrictive gun laws. Second, the whole lack of gun rights for specific categories 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 have guns. As the other end burns, more and more of the overall population are receiving the remaining of the gun rights taken away as well. Once the flames meet in the centre we are left without guns for anyone, and we have a government with nothing to fear. That’s the nightmare of the slippery slope.