One of the favorite arguments of anti-rights cultists is that firearm registration will cure all the firearm-related ills in our society. Never mind that registration leads to confiscation, and never mind that registries are largely failures especially when one is looking at the larger picture of total violent crime rates – they have decided this is The Right Thing To Do (TM), and by God, everyone should do it!
Just so everyone is on the same page, every time someone proposes a law like firearm registration, they are, in fact, telling you that they want the government to kill you if you do not behave the way they want you to.
With that warm-and-fuzzy thought in mind, I would like to present to you this slightly-modified quote originally written by Ben Richards – you might remember the name from his… er… “colorful” Facebook profile (eyebleach warning). The below quote has been slightly modified (I replaced two adjacent words with two different adjacent words), but I contend that the original meaning of the comment remains unchanged:
wow what a total waste of time…if black people aren’t breaking the law, what are they trying to hide?
Again, the above quote has been slightly modified, but feel free to substitute “Jewish”, “Irish”, “homosexual”, “Muslim”, etc. as appropriate… or, returning more to the original quote itself, strike “black people” and replace with “dog owners” or “knife owners” or “greenhouse owners” or so forth.
Regardless, the point stands: the “nothing to hide” argument, while compelling, is a base fallacy when applied to every other sociopolitical group or entity throughout history – one need only look at pre-World-War-II Jews, and how their “nothing to hide” transformed into “no way to hide”. To turn the notion on its nose, would Ben be willing to invite the government into his life just because of his apparently… interesting… tastes in personal attire, and the potential extracurricular activities it might point to? Probably not. Then why should law-abiding American citizens be forced to add their name to yet another database somewhere simply because they choose to exercise numerous Constitutionally-protected rights by owning a certain inanimate piece of metal?
Cannot say as though I see a compelling reason, even looking beyond the fancy-pants Latin-ese name for why making something illegal for the gos-se and giggles of it is a bad idea.
Of course, the amusing thing about Ben’s original quote is that the very people who firearm registration supposedly is targeted against – criminals – are legally protected by the Fifth Amendment. So, if criminals cannot be forced to register their firearms, remind me what the point of this exercise was again?
In truth, Ben’s comments are born out of nothing more complicated or complex than basic bigotry – the irrational belief that firearms are intrinsically bad or evil, the equally baseless belief that all firearm owners either are criminals or will be soon, the narrow-minded belief that no good can come of firearms or their ownership, and the militant refusal to change his position no matter what evidence is provided countering it. This is the same kind of bigotry that has been applied to blacks, Jews, gypsies, and countless other groups in the past, and is just as disgusting now as it was then.
It rather says something when our opponents cannot come up with any better argument than ones that have repeatedly, and appropriately, failed in the past, does it not?