So You Wanted More Background Checks for Guns, Eh? The Feds Have Now Used the NICS System to Maintain an Illegal Registry of Gun Owners
Following the Sandy Hook escapade, not only did Barack Obama issued 23 executive actions which were unconstitutional (given the Second Amendment’s protections of the people’s rights from infringements by government), but also states such as New York and Connecticut stepped in with pretended legislation to force gun owners to register their weapons. Though there are laws against the federal government maintaining a registry of gun owners, it appears that the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) is being used to create a national registry, and the feds have basically admitted openly in news reports that they have been violating those laws.
According to the law that restricts the government from retaining any information on the gun owner and the firearm they are purchasing unless they are actually prohibited by law, the law reads:
“The NICS, including the NICS Audit Log, may not be used by any Department, agency, officer, or employee of the United States to establish any system for the registration of firearms, firearm owners, or firearm transactions or dispositions, except with respect to persons prohibited from receiving a firearm by 18 U.S.C. 922(g) or (n) or by state law. The NICS Audit Log will be monitored and reviewed on a regular basis to detect any possible misuse of the NICS data.”
So, the only people who this information would be retained on are those who are prohibited from owning a gun.
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However, in a recent Washington Post article, the Government Accounting Office was cited with the following information:
“Between 2004 and 2014, suspected terrorists attempted to purchase guns from American dealers at least 2,233 times. And in 2,043 of those cases — 91 percent of the time — they succeeded.”
Fortunately, Zero Hedge picked up on what is really going on here and this ties right in with the No-Fly No-Buy proposal of the Obama administration.
Upon first reading, many Americans might be glad the authorities are keeping an eye on those potential terrorists in our midst. Of course, the facts are a little different. The term “suspected terrorists” in this case means somebody on the combined terrorist watch-list. These are people that may have never been convicted or even charged with a crime. The list has expanded so much that there are around 700,000 names on the list. They include a number of journalists, former Department of Justice ethics adviser Jesselyn Radack, Nelson Mandela, and the list of non-terrorists and false positives goes on forever. Known nonviolent activists have been added to the list because there is no real justification required to be placed on it, only a “reasonable suspicion.”
Even more disturbing is that to make the matches, the government must retain records on everyone, or at least have every purchase in a supposedly confidential system scanned. That data is being shared within the government, contrary to federal law. When the FBI released its figures, it went as far as saying that 2,000 known or suspected terrorists bought a pistol, sports rifle, or assault weapon. This means they are collecting information about the types of purchases as well. Just matching a name to a list would not be enough to come up with accurate data. This means the NICS program, which was promised to be free from other agencies, is sharing personal data such as name, date of birth, address, and social security number.
To be very clear, the NICS system is retaining records of legal purchases, it is sharing that information with other agencies, it is retaining and sharing information containing enough detail to match the purchaser to a government created list, and now the US government is publicizing the fact that it is doing this even though it is a violation of federal law.
According to law, the only people that information should be retained on are those who are actually prohibited from owning a gun, not those “suspected” of being terrorists. However, as you can see, our government is violating the law and they have their sights set on gun owners and their guns. This is the reason Obama is pushing the No-fly No-Buy nonsense. It is a backdoor way to label you a suspected terrorist without any proof. They just say you are and you are guilty until proven innocent in violation of the Fifth Amendment and then they will violate your rights protected under the Second Amendment as a result. By the way, make sure your governor isn’t involved in this little charade.
This is why I warned about any increase in any government, whether it be background checks, armed school policemen or mental health, because all it does is increase the authoritarian hand of government. Remember, registration leads to confiscation, and confiscation leads to… well, have a read. You have been warned!