Today the Senate voted cloture in order to open debate on new gun control legislation. In a concerted effort, gun control advocates have tried to rebrand gun control. Gun registration isn't gun control, it's a common sense approach toward keeping guns out of the hands of those who shouldn't have them. Sounds good, right? After all, gun control, by definition, the control of the amount of guns sold and to whom, isn't popular with Americans. We have a tendency to be jealous of our constitutional rights and our freedom. I don't want to reargue the Second Amendment. That argument has been won. How's that? Every gun control advocate always prefaces their gun control solutions by saying that they don't want take away our guns. Why else would they say this if wasn't to disguise their intentions?
To say gun registration and more intrusive background checks will save lives is an evil lie. Making law-abiding citizens submit to gun registration hasn't and won't stop one shooting from occurring. That's the big lie. It's all about politicians rushing to do something, anything to gain votes. That's their currency and it allows them to keep their power and that's what it's all about. Control is power. Those who are in positions of power are prone to taking measures to keep their power. And those measures often take the form of legislation that focuses not on action that ameliorates a bad situation but measures that exercise control of citizens. Surely they know better than us. Of course, wouldn't it make sense to keep criminals and mentally people from getting guns? Instead, we subject law-abiding citizens to intrusive background checks and give them a permanent place on a registry that is kept on file for who knows how long.
This is another in a long line of actions by the government to maintain its control over its citizens. Whether you argue that these useless laws and government programs are well meaning or they are an organized attempt to deprive citizens of their rights, at the end of the day they do deprive us of our rights, either by long-term erosion or outright oppression.
Another example of this tactic is "hate crime" legislation. I object to this legislation because it criminalizes thought. It makes absolutely no difference why someone commits a crime. A suspect's motive may help prove that the suspect had a reason to commit the crime, it doesn't make it a crime worthy of stiffer punishment because the suspect may have harbored feelings of hate toward the victim. If a person commits a crime against another person the law should be adjudicated and the suspect given the proper punishment. To attach the term "hate crime" to criminal act does nothing to further justice for anyone. It is an attempt by politicians to glorify themselves to voters and solidify their hold on power.
We need to pay attention.