One of the newer leftist meme’s in defense of their extremist anti-freedom agenda, specifically background checks and registration, is the effort to silence opposition by claiming everyone’s guns are already registered. The NRA did it to us, they say! The Mommies Demanding Action seem to like this one. To provide a convenient, consistent response to this fallacy I find it once again necessary to define all the terms first. At least in this case doing so will pretty much settle the argument at the same time. So, here we go…
What is government registration of firearms? You’d expect this is clear to everyone but, apparently, it is not.
Registration by government would be established by law. For instance, it’s the only way in which the left’s “expanded background checks” could work. They would first have to know where every legally owned firearm is before they could know if it’s being bought and sold and being “properly” checked. So the government passes a law, or Obama simply rules by decree as he has indicated he plans to do on many things. That law would require, under penalties that would range from fines to felonies and jail time, that every US Citizen pay a fee to said government and list each firearm that they own by type and serial number. As well as where each firearm is physically kept and, possibly, when each is moved anywhere for any reason.
So is that clear? Registration gives the government the make, model, serial number and location of each firearm you own. Under penalty of law. You do not get a choice in this, just like any other law. Most firearms owners, conservatives, libertarians and freedom supporters in general get this. So we have contained therein why “expanded background checks” won’t work, what would have to be done to make them work and, by implication, why we oppose it all.
The left’s new response is the NRA has already registered our guns. According to these people, and there are surprisingly many of them because they either don’t know anything about the subject or they never stopped to think beyond the official Bloomberg Talking Points, membership was all it took. Once you joined the NRA that organization then had, and shared, all your information. Yeah…gives me a headache, too, but there it is.
The reality of “NRA Registration for Leftists/anti-gunners: The NRA has 4.5 million members, give or take. It has had many millions more over the past 50 years. There are currently around 90 million legal, adult firearms owners in the US. At best the NRA has some direct link to the friends and family beyond their paying members numbering maybe 45 million. None of the 4.5 million has to join the NRA. Better than half the gun owning population has nobody close to them in the NRA. The information provided to the NRA, by choice, is…your address.
Anti-gunners, this is the line you need to read most: The NRA has the name and maybe a correct current address for 4 or 5 million people who chose to give that to them. That’s it.
Nobody has to join the NRA and nobody gives the NRA any info on the firearms they own, where they are kept or when they are bought or sold. There is no force of law and there is no consequence for giving wrong info or no info at all. IF the NRA were to share anything it would be addresses. Addresses where, maybe, gun owners live. Or did live. That’s your “NRA Registration”. Willing membership in a private group by a relatively few people is what you are trying to compare to forced government registration of everybody! The comparison is spurious. Apples and oranges. More like apples and subatomic matter, the comparison is so absurd.
But the left wonders why they are mocked, when they present such ludicrous comparisons as fact. It’s because you deserve to be mocked and you undermine your own agenda by either not thinking things through, not understanding your subject material or thinking anyone else will be baffled by your bullshit. By all means…please continue. Marginalizing yourselves makes our job that much easier.
That reminds me, I think it’s time to submit once more to the mighty all-knowing NRA and re-up my “registration”. That should make the Mommies cry, at least.
Scott Conklin 1/19/14 14:40
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