Saturday, January 12, 2013

Uh Oh

Ostensibly 'friendly' metrocon, Robert VerBruggen at the National Review has downed the Kool Aid.  He's come out for registration of all firearms.  Oh, sure, he calls it closing the gun show loophole, but that's not what it is really for. 

Et tu, Brute?

VerBruggen, before this was good on the issue.  But now the unintended consequences of this policy escape him, and he comes down for a 'reasonable' new restriction.

"White House is likely to push for universal background checks for gun buyers. This will be no panacea for gun violence, but it is probably the gun-control policy most likely to make a difference."

~sigh~  No, sir.  No registration or precursor to registration.  No national database of serial numbers with names attched.  That is not how NICS was supposed to work anyway.  It's bad enough we have the registration regimes we already have, this is not appropriate to expand on them.


Lazy Bike Commuter said...

I actually wouldn't be too ticked off about universal background checks if they were a) free and b) didn't take or record serial numbers from guns.

Actually, why record them at all? Why not just give a yes/no and that be the end of it?

New Jovian Thunderbolt said...

That's what it's supposed to do, Commuter. I just don't trust them to do it that way.

Old NFO said...

Concur, supposed to and reality are two different things!

Angus McThag said...

I have another addendum, you can call and do a NICS for any reason! Not just for guns.

Get enough checks for not-guns and I don't care if they save them all.

Buy a car, NICS.
Buy a boat, NICS.
Wanna rent a house, NICS.
Want fries with that, NICS.

Angus McThag said...

Dangit, that came out wrong.

I want people nailing the NICS system for things where no check is required not to make checking those things I mentioned need one.