Friday, March 27, 2009

Paranoia is Good...

Back on December 1, 2008, I posted a piece entitled "We Gun Owners Aren't Doing a Very Good Job..." It can be found under "Older Posts."

I commented on how many questions I get every week on how to go about "registering" a gun--or if a gun someone wanted to buy had to be "registered." Or if a gun someone had inherited had to have the "registration" transferred to their name.

In every case I apoplectically explained to the people that while they are obviously not firearms enthusiasts, they should be outraged at the mere thought they would have to register their guns.

Most react with a sheepish "Oh. I guess you're right. I didn't think about that."

Most folks have heard of gun registration, and being non-gun enthusiasts, they don't stop to think about the effects of having their guns listed with a central governmental authority. Once the results of such an occurrence are explained to them, they are far more defiant in their attitudes concerning registration.

In the course of the posting, I described the background check (Called a "NICS" check by gun dealers) run on gun purchases, and stated the information obtained by the FBI during such a check cannot be retained by the Feebies--but must be fleeting and transitory. In short, they can check your criminal history, but they can't keep the information.

For a while after this process was instituted, it was discovered that the FBI was actually retaining the information on gun purchasers in direct contravention of the program as ordered by Congress.

When Congress got wind of this method of thwarting its order, it raised itself in great wrath, and smote the FBI, ordering that organization to cease and desist all record keeping of gun purchasers. They rapidly ended the practice--or at least, the Feebies have managed to hide any further transgressions from Congress.

Of course, there are those amongst us that will always doubt, and I myself am a great believer in paranoia.

Paranoia keeps you safe. Paranoia will make you constantly check your rear, to be sure something isn't creeping up on you.

So Mr. Anonymous, with his healthy dose of paranoia, asked "If they only use it to verify that I have not committed a felony etc. than why do they call out the serial number of the brand new firearm that I am purchasing? What do they need the serial number for?"

Which struck me as an excellent question, one of which I had never thought before.

Why Indeed?

If they are NOT keeping records, why do they need the serial number and type of gun you are buying?

Thus I showed my own lack of observation, since I do buy my fair share of guns.

I really never paid much attention when a dealer called in my pertinents. I've never been delayed even once, so I've never listened very closely to what was being said, other than the facts stating I didn't have three eyes, or a background dallying in arson.

I contacted a couple of dealers who call in NICS checks daily--I was assured no information about the particular gun was relayed to the FBI. No serial number, no gun description is offered in a NICS check--except whether it is a long gun or handgun. Even then, I take offense...why do they have to know even that? But considering the state of the Union, I can live with the way it is done.

It's a lot better here than anywhere else in the world, folks. And that is not to be construed as caving in to the machine.

No, we need to be ever-vigilant, and scream loud and long anytime our gun ownership rights are abrogated in any manner.

Only when we make them realize we are here, we are loud, we are vocal, and we vote, will we assure they approach any firearms ownership limitations with great fear.

We need to squeal like the proverbial pig at the slightest affront. We need to make them hear us and be put on notice that to tread on our rights will bring consequences--dire results that could remove their snouts from the trough.

Be paranoid. Be quick. Be loud.

It works.


The Farmers Wife said...

Indeed quick and loud is the most effective. However I am afraid with all the people who are so anti-gun and stand on the "guns kill innocent victims" platform that it won't be an easy trek. What these same people fail to recognize is that the people who are out there killing people will be just as willing to kill someone with their car or any other weapon of opportunity. They are not the ones who are affected by registering guns. Or even buying them legally for that matter. What I dont understand is how our own government can cave and show their total lack of understanding of this need to continue to bear arms for our everyday citizens. I can only wonder what else will come of this administration who doesn't value our Vets, our Constitutional rights or the vote of the masses.

I really enjoy the insight of your posts.

o-pine said...

Oh I don't think our government (or what used to be our government before it was bought up by offshore bankers)are lacking in understanding the need for us to bear arms. I think that the very understanding of that is what is making them want to get rid of that right. "All political power comes from the barrel of a gun. The communist party must command all the guns, that way, no guns can ever be used to command the party." - Mao Tse Tung. Remember that little quote?

David D said...

I am 30 years old and live in TX. I never touched a gun until I was 19 and started hunting with my now father in law. I am not an "enthusiast" but I do own several guns...fairly nice guns in fact...that I inherited several years ago. I have been trying to figure out what I should do as far as registration. Do my inherited guns need to be registered in my name? my email is david_dickey44@hotmail. I would love some help in this...and I agree with all you have said about registration and serial numbers. Does definitely make you wonder if they really are keeping records of purchases...I am paranoid too!

2Evil4U said...

Hi Gordon. I took your class on January 20 at Baker. Been following the site since. I'm just about that paranoid. I figure that the two pauses at the Police HQ when I dropped off the license paperwork were to run my driver's license and then my fingerprints to see if I needed to be arrested.

Regardless of what they're supposed to do or not do, the Feds are keeping track of those numbers somewhere. Like you said, they're just hiding it better since the first screw-up.

The fact that the system is probably computerized now makes it more likely that the information will never disappear. Never mind the rules for FFL's on how long they have to maintain records.

I had intended to get my FFL but I'm not sure I want to set myself up for random unannounced searches of my house by the ATF.

Here are a few direct quotes from form M5310.3 from the package I received: "You will be required to prepare and keep detailed records of all firearms transactions." "You will be subject to inspection of your records and premises by ATF officers." "When requested by ATF, licensees are required to furnish information regarding firearms traces."

There might be the answer to your question. The loophole they're using is forcing the FFL holders who handle the transactions to keep their documentation for them.

Keep up the fight,

Aaron S. Rose
Slaughter, LA

Anonymous said...

I was happy to be part of the explosion of electrons that forced da guvminnt to abandon scrapping spent brass. Attending a couple of gun shows exposes we have the same problem with ammo cans being crushed, as begun by Bush et al. It is becoming another new crisis, so can we help you mount a new campaign to get this waste of perfectly good and highly useful storage containers stopped ?

Anonymous said...

To all--;
Noticing the recent frequent use of the word, consider the definition of paranoia - "an unreasoning fear".
We are now left in a condition that has no room for "an unreasoning fear" - ample reasons are right out there where everyone can see them.

Ellipses said...

Wow. You people are effin' crazy

Anonymous said...

I am a firm believer in the right to bear arms, in every American and human right and am angered anytime a right is infringed on, but registering your property does not infringe on rights.

Do you have a problem with registering your car? because it is the exact same thing.

Pick your battles, if they want to take away your gun raise hell, if they just want to know what guns you have show off its not like we law abiding citizens have anything to hide.

2Evil4U said...

Hmmmm. Same as registering a car? I don't recall which constitutional amendment grants me the right to drive.

And since you have nothing to hide, I assume that if the police showed up at your door with no paperwork, you'd just let them in to ransack your house?

Same Constitution forbids that as well.

Ken J PA said...

A constitutional amendment would have to be passed to take away the guns. The likelihood of that happening is fairly remote. If the Government, be it Federal, State or local, are acting in concert to restrict the sale of ammunition to law abiding citizens, in my mind that is the same as taking away the guns because guns are of not much use without ammunition. I can foresee a Supreme court challenge to this nonsense if it keeps going. Registration of any weapon is just another way of restricting access. A constitutional right is CONSIDERABLY DIFFERENT than registering of cars. As a previous comment said I have not seen a constitutional right to own a car.

Anonymous said...

even though I do believe it infringes on your rights to redgister the weapon its the law because if someone killes aonother person and they have the searial # then theperson canbe arrested so in my point of view its to atch criminals.

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