By David Codrea
USA – -(Ammoland.com)- “Hawaii’s governor signed a bill making it the first state to place its residents who own firearms in a federal criminal record database and monitor them for possible wrongdoing anywhere in the country,” the New York Post reports. “Hawaii Governor David Ige, a Democrat, on Thursday signed into law a bill to have police in the state enroll people into an FBI criminal monitoring service after they register their firearms as already required, his office said in a statement.”
That’s what they say it’s for. What they don’t say is the people also already exempted by law from any form of gun registration are convicted violent criminals. That’s because the Supreme Court ruled in U.S. v Haynes, properly, if you think about it, that requiring a prohibited person to register a firearm is equivalent to requiring him to self-incriminate, a violation of Fifth Amendment protections.
We also have historical dangers: Stephen P. Halbrook tells the horrible and outrageous tale of Olympic gymnast Alfred Flatow, a Jew identified by the Nazis from mandatory gun registration lists and condemned to a concentration camp.
No fair? It’s ludicrous to resort to Godwin’s law because this is America?
Hey, who’d have ever thought we’d have secret lists with which to deny citizens rights without due process? Plus it’s not like the government hasn’t already put whole “disfavored” groups of people into internment camps.
We also have examples of the government using registration lists against gun owners:
The New York City Police Department (NYPD) had notified the 2,340 New Yorkers who had been licensed earlier to possess semi-automatic rifles and shotguns that any of those licensed firearms that were covered by the ban had to be surrendered, rendered inoperable or taken out of the city. The recipients of the notification were directed to send back a sworn statement indicating what had been done with those firearms.
Gun owners basically have two options when confronted with such edicts: Capitulate and surrender, or become part of the “I will not comply” paradigm and be destroyed if caught (raising a third option for those who will not accept that outcome) .
As for the ubiquitous dismissal that this is just paranoia because no one wants to take our guns we have plenty of evidence that’s exactly what the gun-grabbers want to do – from Obama renewing his call to ban “assault weapons,” to highly publicized calls to “repeal the Second Amendment.”
That makes it all the more critical for gun owners to understand how much hangs in the balance if Hillary Clinton gets to be the one to determine the new majority of the Supreme Court. And it makes it crucial to underscore that by realizing there is one legislative and judicial threat greater than any other currently facing us, one that can make “progressive” dreams come true: Subversive immigration / enforcement policies designed to enable a “pathway to citizenship” for populations known to overwhelmingly support Democrat/anti-gun policies.
About David Codrea:
David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating / defending the RKBA and a long-time gun rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament.
In addition to being a field editor/columnist at GUNS Magazine and associate editor for Oath Keepers, he blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.