Democrats moving toward a national gun registry?
We find it amusing how fond some folks are/were of saying how it was that Obama "didn't come for your guns". As if he wouldn't have given the chance.
Obama was defanged by the TEA Party on this issue. (And a few others.) If Obama could have seized guns he would have. Few things would likely have pleased Eric Holder, Obama's AG, more in fact.
Sadly, disarming the citizenry seems to be a top priority for the Democratic Party. The fundamental right to defend oneself appears to be deeply offensive to party leadership and this has been the case for a long time. (It wasn't always. But as the Democratic Party has become more urban centered anything beyond the most absolute grudging tolerance of gun rights seems to have disappeared.)
No citing of statistical risk seems to sway the gun controllers. So what if the chance of being killed in a mass shooting is infinitesimally small? So what? Guns are scary (especially when one knows nothing about them), shootings get lots of press, and most of all guns empower the type of people many Democrats would prefer not be empowered. 1 "deplorable" with a gun is one deplorable with a gun too many. Who are they to have such weapons?
This is not to dismiss in any way the periodic shooting tragedies we are presented with as a country. But we must keep these acts in perspective. There are more guns in this country than there are people and shootings, particularly mass shootings, are rare in the extreme. In fact murders from guns have gone DOWN since the assault rifle ban was repealed in the 1990s.
History has shown us that the risk posed by governments with a monopoly on guns is very significant however. And a government monopoly on guns is what many people, particularly in the Democratic Party, want.
Democratic House Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries defended his party’s push for a universal background check bill Wednesday, claiming that any enforcement of the legislation — including federal firearm registration — will be left to the Department of Justice to decide.
Efforts to expand federal firearm background checks to all private sales could eventually lead to federal firearms registration, a potential that worries some Second Amendment advocates and sympathetic Republicans.