News item: A Senate bipartisan gun proposal empowers the Attorney General to block gun purchases using no-fly and terror watch lists.
Let’s ignore the propaganda and parse this from a real world prospect:
- The Federal government will decide who is allowed to buy a gun.
- The criteria used (No-fly lists/terrorism watch lists) are defined and prepared by the Federal government without supervision or observation.
- This necessitates a Federal data base of gun buyers.
- It is also likely to require a data base for gun owners whose guns were acquired before the new law so that they can claim prior purchase to enforcement officers.
- It seems likely that, for enforcement to work, buyers of ammunition will have to be reported so that purchasers of illegal guns may be identified.
Historical note: Governments have always disarmed their ordinary citizens whenever they could; sword-owning peasants were executed, for instance. No one in his/her/its right mind wants the masses able to ignore their orders from above.
But contrariwise, the 18th century liberals who founded the United States wrote in the Preamble to their Declaration of Independence, that the people have a right to replace their government because ultimate sovereignty resides in said people, not in the government. Governors dislike such ideas, of course. But there it is. For some reason, we hear little of the Declaration these days.
This, not self-defense, was the reason that untrammeled gun ownership was the second item in the Bill of Rights. The Founders in their various personal writings, were not shy about saying that. Those writings too are pretty scarce now, particularly in pubic schools.
Clearly such as the conveniently late Justice Antonin Scalia would would not have seen the newly proposed legislation as meeting Constitutional muster. But he was probably the last of his kind, or at least, the last likely to sit on the Court. The second Amendment seems a fading obstacle to disarming the American population. That of course, means that the american population is a fading obstacle to government absolute.
As human history repeats itself.