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  •  Disconnect (12+ / 0-)

    I can't quite understand the extreme concern over screening and documentation of weapons sales, versus the seeming enthusiasm for erosion of privacy in other areas.  Information collection on this one issue appears to scare the GOP more than any actual threat of violence. The NRA has successfully prevented CDC or NIH from studying the epidemiology of gun violence. The NRA will likely succeed in preventing any sort of record-keeping associated with universal background checks, which means the program can never be monitored or evaluated.  

    If the GOP really considers the government to be a greater enemy than any other domestic threat, this deep fear of information collection would makes a certain sort of twisted sense.  But it is curious to me that this fear does not extend to other forms of government information collection - such as requiring workers to carry documentation, walling off any possibility of contesting FISA court decisions, requiring excessive documentation for the right to vote, insisting on clinic records to prosecute doctors and women for reproductive health choices.  

    Of course, we know the answer - the NRA pays the bills and the GOP is fine with intrusive government record keeping whenever it suits their political objectives.  But the hypocrisy is still stunning.

    “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

    by ivorybill on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 08:34:17 AM PST

    •  If the government wants to know if you have a (3+ / 0-)

      firearm, they'll just tap your phone and your E-mail, watch the GPS in your phone to see if you're going to ranges, and track your ammunition purchases on-line using your credit card.

      The ship has already sailed, as far as Uncle Sam goes.

      income gains to the top 1% from 2009 to 2011 were 121% of all income increases. How did that happen? Incomes to the bottom 99% fell by 0.4%

      by JesseCW on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 08:54:22 AM PST

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      •  Not to mention all those who are posting all over (1+ / 0-)
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        the internet which guns they have and where they go with them.

        The same ones who supposedly fear a registry. It's not a government registry they should fear, but the very strong likelihood that more than one private security company is already building its own proprietary database of firearms owners within their target zone.

        "They did not succeed in taking away our voice" - Angelique Kidjo - Opening the Lightning In a Bottle concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City - 2003

        by LilithGardener on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 10:13:11 AM PST

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    •  The goverment intrusion is just fine when it (8+ / 0-)

      pertains to lady parts.  It's just fine when it pertains to what one does with one's computers/Internet/telephone.  It's outrageous if it has anything to do with not being able to keep and bear arms without restriction.

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