Author Topic: The AFT Sounds Off About the Second Amendment and Gun Registration  (Read 659 times)

OpenCarryJenkins

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A little something I wrote about some recent and troubling statements from the ATF about the need for a national gun registry. I would appreciate hearing y'all's thoughts on this--I suspect that their statements will become a lot stronger after the election.

http://www.usacarry.com/atf-delivers-mixed-message-civilian-gun-ownership/

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Re: The AFT Sounds Off About the Second Amendment and Gun Registration
« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2016, 01:59:40 PM »
A police agency wishes they had more power.  Not a surprise.

In general, there are lots of things we could do as a society to give more power to the police in the name of fighting crime.  Some of them might even lower the crime rate.  But, in general, we also view these things as infringing unacceptably on the rights of law-abiding people to be left alone and to do as they please.  That's why we enumerate those rights in a Constitution--to say "Hey, Government, this is where you can't go, no matter how good your intentions are."

Power also corrupts, and, ultimately, if you extend *enough* power to the police for long enough, the police can become the sort of predatory criminals that you had hoped the police would protect you from.  It's happened in many times and places around the world and throughout history.

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Re: The AFT Sounds Off About the Second Amendment and Gun Registration
« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2016, 07:45:05 PM »
A police agency wishes they had more power.  Not a surprise.

In general, there are lots of things we could do as a society to give more power to the police in the name of fighting crime.  Some of them might even lower the crime rate.  But, in general, we also view these things as infringing unacceptably on the rights of law-abiding people to be left alone and to do as they please.  That's why we enumerate those rights in a Constitution--to say "Hey, Government, this is where you can't go, no matter how good your intentions are."

Power also corrupts, and, ultimately, if you extend *enough* power to the police for long enough, the police can become the sort of predatory criminals that you had hoped the police would protect you from.  It's happened in many times and places around the world and throughout history.
You hit it right on the nose... Wish we had a like button.  :)
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