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  •  The most common argument (0+ / 0-)

    against there being a national registry is that it would be a violation of a person's right to privacy. The feeling is that the government doesn't have the right to know if I own firearms or, if I do, what those firearms are. As long as they aren't breaking the law I would tend towards not giving the government a means by which they could confiscate anything. Heck we already see violations of that when the government takes privately owned land and then refuses to compensate the land owners.

    Abuses of that power happen and, as much I personally hate guns, I don't want to give them more power over what they know about me or mine. I know several gun owners and all of them are responsible about it and most own them for hunting or home defense. None are the type to go off and hurt someone with them, so I generally think that they should be left alone.

    I understand where people are coming from with wanting expanded background checks, and to be fair I don't really see the issue with that. What I have heard from talking heads on the right is that in order to have background checks on a private sale there would have to be public knowledge of certain things, like mental health issues, or a defacto registry based on who sold what to whom.

    Again I want to stress that the background checks I have no real issue with, its the government knowing who owns what that I have a problem.

    “Fairy tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” ― G.K. Chesterton

    by bayushisan on Thu May 02, 2013 at 01:40:46 PM PDT

    •  Good grief. (0+ / 0-)

      The "government" knows what kind of car you have.  The gov't knows every last health issue you've ever had.  The gov't knows what books you check out of the library, what magazines you subscribe to, what you google.  I can imagine that you'll have two FBI guys at your door if you start doing on line searches on how to build a dirty bomb or how to make ricin or how to best attack a nuclear plant.  The gov't knows if you got a DUI when you were in college.  The gov't knows where you fly and even who you talk to and what you say if your name is Abdul and they're inclined to listen in on your phone calls.  Every single day tens of millions of Americans post all sorts of incredibly personal information about themselves in Facebook, for all the world to see.  A clever 14 year old can back into your FB account and find out all kinds of creepy information about you.  But suddenly it's an invasion of privacy for the gov't to know that I have a bunch of guns and a mountain of ammo?  I call BS.

      •  And I don't think that the government (0+ / 0-)

        should know any of that either.  It is none of their business to know what kind of car I drive or any of the other infractions of our privacy that we've allowed over the years. Now the medical information is something that may be inevitable with programs like Medicare and Medicaid but I believe as long as you aren't hurting anyone the government should leave you alone and not pry into your personal business.

        Background checks, while mandated by the government, are a private matter between the seller and the buyer and if your name pops up as not eligible to purchase a gun then you shouldn't be able to buy one; but that information should stay private.

        I do think that the government has a role to play in helping people but I also believe that a person has a right to privacy that we've allowed to be infringed upon over the years.

        “Fairy tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” ― G.K. Chesterton

        by bayushisan on Thu May 02, 2013 at 02:31:04 PM PDT

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