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  •  I'm recommending this yet (6+ / 0-)

    I thought of this too.  

    However, I also thought of all of the innocent college students (and Quakers, and pacifists) who were watched and interviewed by the FBI during the Vietnam War era.

    I do think we have to be careful here.

    Just because the government keeps a record of real property transfers, it doesn't mean that the government wants to confiscate your home.

    by NCJan on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 07:02:31 AM PDT

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    •  True- investigated is very different (3+ / 0-)

      from convicted. And should be.
      He was also arrested for domestic violence in 2009, but so far I'm not sure how that was resolved.

    •  I'm Quaker ... (5+ / 0-)

      and have been investigated and interviewed by the FBI.

      There's a big difference between watching and interviewing people based on their political beliefs and ensuring that weapons intended to kill human beings don't get into the hands of people likely to kill human beings.  

      The argument against registering guns is that the ownership of guns is a right guaranteed by the Constitution, so registering them would violate that right.

      But we're guaranteed the right to own property (including intellectual) by the Constitution, so what right does the government have to do register them?  Deeds for land?  Registering cars? Copyright and trademark offices?  If you don't object to registering these thins, I have no idea why you would oppose background checks for firearms.

      Heck, copyright was included in the original Constitution, and arms were only included as an amendment after it passed.

      Frankly, I just don't see why firearms -- many of them solely intended to harm humans and not for hunting or sports -- have a special niche carved out for them.  We limit access and require registration for dangerous chemicals, rocket propelled grenades, fertilizer, explosives, decongestants all because of their potential to be used to harm people.  Firearms are just not that special.

      •  BTW (0+ / 0-)

        The "you" is not you, but the generic you.

      •  I'm a Quaker too (1+ / 0-)
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        huntsu

        And I totally agree with you about guns and the second amendment.  Check out my sig line.

        I'm just saying that I don't know how well any FBI list will distinguish between those who hold "suspect" political beliefs and violent criminals.

        Thanks for helping me to clarify, Friend.

        Just because the government keeps a record of real property transfers, it doesn't mean that the government wants to confiscate your home.

        by NCJan on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 07:41:10 AM PDT

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