Ask yourselves about a National gun registry database and how that might be used and why it is so wanted by progressives.Yeah, you've got us. The reason we want background checks and records on who's tried to buy a gun isn't because we're sick and tired of unstable and violent people buying their own personal arsenals and then going out to murder theater patrons or supermarket-goers or an entire fucking classroom full of elementary school kids just because they feel like it, but because we progressives are making a super-secret list of people and then we're coming to kill you all in your homes. Obviously. And obviously it's worth the 3,000-plus gun murders that have occurred between that last mentioned mast murder and today in order to prevent all the imaginary machete gangs that will crop up if Jeffery P. Childkiller has to reload slightly more often during his next killing spree or Buford T. Nutcase gets put on a special list saying hey, gun show sellers, you probably don't want to sell an assault rifle and several hundred rounds of ammunition to this guy because he just got out of jail for making terrorist threats and duh, you thumping morons.
Read about the Rwandan genocide, the Hutu and Tutsi tribes. Read that all Tutsi tribe members were required to register their address with the Hutu government and that this database was used to locate Tutsi for slaughter at the hands of the Hutu. (Since the government had the names and addresses of nearly all Tutsis living in Rwanda (remember, each Rwandan had an identity card that labeled them Tutsi, Hutu, or Twa) the killers could go door to door, slaughtering the Tutsis.
Not with firearms, mind you, but with machetes.
I use this example to warn that national databases can be used with evil consequences.
We have databases of automobile owners, and databases of business owners, and databases of people who are allowed to dispense prescription drugs, but asking people at gun shows to not sell weapons to violent felons? No, that is the hill our freedumz will die on. Better to just let the unstable folks kill our moms and dads and uncles and cousins and kids so as to avoid the potential for future imaginary violence. Wouldn't want violence to break out.
Read what else the honorable ass from South Carolina says below the fold.
The 2nd Amendment is (or should be) equal to the 1st Amendment and the 4th Amendment and all of the others. Ask yourselves why it is under attack? Ask yourselves about a National gun registry database and how that might be used and why it is so wanted by progressives.I'll tell you what, the next time a deranged citizen kills 20 grade-school kids with a sternly worded dissertation on government excess, we'll debate the 1st Amendment as well, sport. The next time some bozo climbs to the top of a clock tower and starts killing people by throwing search warrants at them, we'll get right on that 4th Amendment thing. In the meantime, we get to be pissed off at the thing that causes a 9/11-level tragedy with every few passing months, and you don't get to act all shocked and surprised that people are bringing it up, because it's in every legislators own passing interest to pretend not to be a sociopathic jackass about these things.
Are you stupid, Mr. Duncan, or are you just insincere? I think everyone recognizes that gun violence isn't going to be fully and completely ending anytime soon, but to look at the status quo, the thousands and thousands of very real murders that currently take place during each small span of time and conclude that nothing is worth doing takes a special kind of person. I don't mean that in a good way.
Again, the caliber of persons we decide are worthy of representing us never fails to impress me. We're in little danger of becoming Rwanda, Mr. Duncan, but we do have thousands of murders going on right now, and you're the guy from the government saying that those murders are a regrettable but necessary thing for the country—that while you're very, very sorry, any government-backed attempts to stop those murders would be, tsk, just too much to ask. Are you very, very sure you're on the right side of the argument here?