You know what would be great? A database of every gun owner in America. Maybe on a thumb drive, so it can be carried in the pocket and just popped into any device you want – you know … just to peruse it.
This has been the dream of leftists for years. Get gun owners on a list and when it comes time to ban most, some or all of the country’s legally-owned firearms, they know exactly whose door to knock on (by knock, I mean break down, of course).
Thankfully, cooler heads in Congress have prevailed and the feds are prohibited from keeping a national database of gun owners (although states like Hawaii are doing it themselves).
Now, the gun-grabbers have a pretty important name on their side: the head of the ATF.
Thomas Brandon, deputy director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said that it would be just awesome if they could have a national gun registry. BearingArms.com reports:
Brandon claimed the agency is hampered by ‘not having the necessary technology’, saying the constraints on ATF, such as congress prohibiting the agency from creating a computerized database of gun purchases, doesn’t make sense.
“But there’s a lot of things that don’t make sense in this town, you know?” Brandon chuckled. “And so yeah, would it be efficient and effective [with new technology]? Absolutely. Would the taxpayers benefit with public safety? Absolutely. Are we allowed to do it? No.”
The response? Republican Congressman Rep. James Sensenbrenner put it pretty clearly: “We ought to get rid of the ATF,” he said and has introduced a bill to abolish it completely.
“I think they fail time and time and time again,” Sensenbrenner said, adding that having a searchable database of gun sales amounts to “de facto gun registration.”
Brandon has been on the job for 16 months. He’s replacing Todd Jones, who was forced into a swift resignation after trying to ban one kind of AR-15 ammunition. Jones was also in charge during the infamous “Fast and Furious” gun-running scandal, which led to the death of at least one law enforcement officer.