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  •  There are a lot of things to discuss and (1+ / 0-)
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    respond to in this post.  I think as you said it would be better served in a diary than in a direct response so I will provide a summary one which I also think needs to be a discussion.

    The short summary of why I am opposed to registration is that it can be abused.  Registration of guns has been abused in the past, both in this country and in other countries.  This is not to be taken lightly.  Even the lists of registered permit holders have been abused.  Here is a current example from a community not far from where I live.  As a result of this list, people's homes were burglarized and crime victims were exposed to those who would terrorize them.

    The reasons you give for registration are positive aspects of it.  The question to be addressed is, do the positives outweigh the negatives and would a sufficient number of people agree?  Also, is there a way to mitigate the negative side and prevent abuse?

    With regards to taking the argument outside of groups like DKos, I have been thinking of how best to do this over the last couple of days.  I chose this forum as the starting point because I know that it contains both those for and against guns and that makes it very unique and allows for a better gauge of how both sides might view the proposal.

    You are absolutely correct, however, that it would require the support of (at least enough) gun advocates and likely require them to go against organizations like the NRA and their current stance.  I don't see this happening with the extreme political right.   My hope is that the middle is big enough and that there is enough win-win on both the (inner, less extreme) left and right to build a solid consensus.

    •  No problem. (0+ / 0-)

      If you are going to diary it no need to reply to me personally.

      Any law can be abused or mis-used. Certainly execution and safeguards are important and in many cases, things like confidentiality are mishandled.

      But that is also the case in what you propose as procedures to issue permits, which certainly would involve handling highly confidential information about people during background checks; can you imagine anything more confidential that the public disclosure of a person's medical history? Shouldn't be done.

      This is why I think whatever regulations are enacted, uniform national standards and a national database would be better to ensure uniform application.

      What about my Daughter's future?

      by koNko on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 07:10:53 AM PST

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