The emerging scandals surrounding the abuse of power by a growing number of government agencies should send chills down the spines of every gun owner in America. After all, if there is any group likely in the sights of those who wish to restrict the rights of Americans, it would be gun owners. And gun ownership is soaring. Gregory Gwyn-Williams at CNS News noted the surge in gun background checks :
There have been 73,441,399 background checks for gun purchases since President Obama took office, according to data released by the FBI. The [sic] background checks that have been completed under Barack Obama’s presidency account for 43 percent of the 170,639,292 completed since 1998.
With millions of Americans buying up guns and ammunition, many of them first-time gun owners, a renewed push by Obama and the Democrats for onerous Federal “gun registration” is more likely than ever. Once that happens, it won’t be long until they use government agencies like the BATFE to collect all sorts of information on law-abiding citizens. But do we really know that they aren’t doing it already?
Even though only a handful of states actually have gun registration, every time any of us wants to purchase a firearm, whether a long gun or handgun, our name is run through a NICS check. This immediately flags us as “gun owners” and while the background check does not include the specific firearm we have purchased, the NICS check does note whether we have purchased a “long gun” or a handgun. And since handguns are right up there with “assault weapons” in the view of the current administration, that information is likely enough to invite further scrutiny. But what kind of scrutiny might we expect?
In today’s technologically sophisticated world, it would be relatively easy for some big budget government agency to run an algorithm based program to cross-check our names with other data bases, using “key word” searches (just as the IRS has already admitted to doing). It doesn’t take much imagination to envision some mindless government worker bee scrolling though thousands of names of gun owners that his “cool” new program has linked with other “trigger words” like “Tea Party” or “Patriot,” now, does it?
Just a few years ago, the claim that there was wholesale spying on Americans by multiple governmental agencies was dismissed as “black helicopter” paranoia. Not anymore. On the contrary, the recent revelations bring to mind the old saying:
“Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not after you.”