Tuesday, March 26, 2013

First California, then Missouri ...

The slippery slopes get ... more slippery:

Earlier this month Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder held a press conference to expose the backdoor gun registration operation in Missouri. Kinder accused the Missouri Department of Revenue of working with the Department of Homeland Security to install new hardware and software to obtain data on Missouri citizens and transfer this information to DHS and unnamed third parties. The last state senator to use his subpoena power was then state senator now Governor Jay Nixon.
The Department of Revenue denied the claims.
Yesterday, Missouri state Senator Kurt Shaefer subpoenaed the the Missouri Department of Revenue to produce all documents between the Department of Revenue and any federal agency, including but not limited to, the Department of Homeland Security or FEMA, regarding driver’s license and ID information of Missouri citizens.
Senator Shaefer said this about the suspected privacy abuses, “This is one of the most appalling abuses of privacy rights I have encountered in state government. I can not and will not allow unelected bureaucrats to erode the rights of Missourians.”


Delaware Watch said...

And this necessarily leads to gun confiscation, how?

(Oh, never mind the woosh sound. It's the black helicopter overhead.)

tom said...

Those in favor of gun registration should carry the burden of proof, not the other way around.

What legitimate purpose would mandatory registration serve that justifies such a flagrant intrusion on our right to privacy?

guns are rarely left behind & recovered by police at crime scenes except in the following exceptional circumstances: they have been used in a shooting and are either untraceable, or were intentionally left by the criminal (or planted by a crooked cop) to implicate a 3rd party; or the person possessing the gun is dead or in custody. so the argument that registration will help trace guns used in crimes back to the criminals doesn't hold much water.

and unlike drivers, persons carrying and using guns are not forced to display a license plate that can be read from orbit, so any argument that registration will help police use information obtained from witnesses to trace guns back to criminals is equally specious.

So, exactly what "compelling state interest" do you fans of registration want to use as a pretext to justify violating the rights of gun owners?

Mike W. said...

All registration really means is that the gov. can say "at one point in time person X owned gun Y"

Other than aiding with confiscation, exactly what legitimate purpose does registration serve?

Unknown said...

As you have carefully noted, there are many things which can be done to reduce mass shootings and other gun deaths. But, I suggest we not overspend time and money on an assault rifle ban. And it will cost a huge amount of both, and has been tried with very little success. On the other, gun deaths from suicide vastly outnumber gun deaths from mass shootings.

According to data and research from essay tool many people have the erroneous belief that if someone wants to commit suicide he/she will find a way. Nothing could be further from the truth. Persons contemplating suicide are usually victims of brain diseases like bipolar disorder or severe depression. In moments of maximum weakness they seek the most certain way to end their unbearable pain. Guns provide the most certain means of committing suicide. Most other methods are haphazardly effective and often leave the person worse off in their brain and the other parts of their body and not dead. Truly, a worst of all possible outcomes. I believe the number one focus of gun control should be to break the link between guns and suicide. I offer no magic solution, only a suggestion about priorities for gun regulation.