Bloomberg Says Register To Buy A Gun Because It’ll Be Just Like Registering To Vote

Bloomberg Says Register To Buy A Gun Because It’ll Be Just Like Registering To Vote

Bloomberg Says Register To Buy A Gun Because It’ll Be Just Like Registering To Vote

Since we register to vote, Michael Bloomberg thinks we should be required to register for a gun permit. Yes, that’s exactly what he said while in Aurora, CO yesterday. 

“New Democratic presidential hopeful Mike Bloomberg came to Aurora on Thursday to unveil an ambitious blueprint to reduce gun violence in America, including reinstatement of a federal ban on assault weapons, passage of a nationwide red flag law and the requirement that every gun buyer first get a permit.

The former New York mayor, who for years has poured tens of millions of dollars into gun control efforts across the nation, sat down with gun violence survivors and victims’ family members. The setting: Heritage Christian Center, right behind the Century 16 movie theater — the place where a gunman killed 12 people during a midnight movie in 2012.”

Colorado has already passed a Red Flag law. One that has numerous problems as I outlined here. Bloomberg wants a national Red Flag law. And this will change things how?

Was the Aurora shooter a danger to others? Yes. How much of a known danger is unclear. As noted here, at least one of the shooter’s psychiatrists concluded that he wasn’t a candidate for a mental health hold. So again, a national Red Flag law would solve gun violence how?

Banning all assault weapons and a National Red Flag law aren’t the only concern we should have regarding Bloomberg’s anti-Second Amendment proposals. As noted above, he wants every gun buyer to get a permit first. No, I’m not talking about a background check. I’m talking about a PERMIT.

There are so many things wrong with what Bloomberg is saying, I hardly know where to begin. First of all, Bloomberg is a Democrat. That’s the party that vehemently opposes Voter ID, yet he just stood on a stage and advocated for something similar regarding gun purchases.

Secondly, how would we know if someone who wants to register for a gun buying permit has mental health problems? Does this proposal include a HIPPA waiver?

Third, our Second Amendment DOESN’T require registration!

He should, but as we’ve come to realize, the Democrats who want power above all else are also extraordinarily eager to trash the Constitution to get there.

Here’s the thing. This type of proposal is very problematic elsewhere in the world. 

“Law-abiding gun owners who complied with New Zealand’s mandatory gun buyback program and surrendered their assault weapons to the government discovered Monday that their privacy had been compromised by poor website security.

This week, the police website for New Zealand’s mandatory military-style semi-automatic assault weapons (MSSA) buyback was taken offline after a gun dealer told law enforcement that he was able to access users’ personal information through the site.”

At least 38,000 users were affected by this hack. I’m sure all the rest of the law-abiding gun owners in New Zealand will happily turn in their weapons and land on this insecure database…right?

Here in the U.S. quite a number of federal databases have been hacked. Would YOU want to register for a permit to purchase a gun and hope your personal information is kept secure? I didn’t think so.

Let’s look at Europe. As I’ve learned through multiple conversations at European trade shows over the last five years, gun ownership in the EU is incredibly restrictive. People WANT to own guns for hunting and protection. Yet the regulatory hoops they have to jump through are unreal. Not only that, but if a person defends themselves in their home against someone attacking them, the gun owner usually (90+ % of the time) ends up being sued. The permitting process to be ELIGIBLE to own a gun takes a year and sometimes TWO years.

THAT is what Michael Bloomberg is proposing.

Hey Mikey? Our Founders wrote the Constitution as it is for a reason. YOU are one of the reasons why we have both the First and the SECOND Amendments.

No matter which way Bloomberg slices it, trying to make Americans get a gun permit to buy a gun is called gun confiscation, Period.

Feature Photo Credit: Michael Bloomberg photo via Flickr, cropped and modified 

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  • David Lentz says:

    Can’t wait for Motor Shooter.

  • Wfjag says:

    Like Motor Voter Registration? You can register to own a firearm at the DMV. Can add it on the back like a donor registration and then present it when you buy arms and ammo?

    That way, anyone who qualifies can register to purchase, but there will be no registration of purchase. And, the registration will be done at the state level where voter and driver’s license registrations are done.

    Somehow, I don’t think that is what he has in mind.

  • GWB says:

    OK, I know all the arguments, and think they’re very valid. But I think you’re not examining the parallel adequately, and thereby missing an opportunity.

    See, all that registering to vote requires is for you to prove who you are, where you live, and that you’re a citizen/legal resident (or it should).

    So I make a counter-proposal:
    Yes, you should get a permit to own/operate firearms.
    It should require that you prove you’re a legal resident of the state in which you reside.
    If the state wants to do a background check (that expires at, let’s say, 5-8 year intervals or if you’re convicted of a felony) so you don’t have to clutter up the system every time you buy a firearm, that’s optional.
    Then …
    You do whatever you want. JUST LIKE VOTING.

    You see, registering to vote doesn’t require that you vote, normally. And, if you want to do checks, do them the same way we do them for voting: “Hey, you still live here? This still your legal name? OK, it’s just been a while.”
    You don’t have to buy a gun. You don’t have to shoot one. But, if you do, you show your ID and voila! you’re good to go! (Especially if the state puts the background check in there – no waiting for you!)

    And, the great part is we get to do “shooter registration drives” in schools and at DMVs. We can hold “mock gun buying” during school hours. Or even practice shooting sessions. We can have mandatory classes on firearm safety and the history of firearms.

    And, best of all, I propose a limit of one politician per election cycle that you’re allowed to shoot. This might cause congestion at certain politicians homes or at the city hall. But I think that particular restriction on a right meets the “undue burden” test. And I think it will make us MUCH safer. How about you?

    • GWB says:

      Oh, also, there would be no record that you had actually purchased or fired a firearm, just that you showed up at a gun store or range. That’s it. And it would simply reset the flag so they didn’t have to come looking and asking “Hey, you still live here? We were getting worried.”

    • SFC D says:

      I like some of what you’re saying I but I just can’t get on board with that bag limit.

  • CaptDMO says:

    But I DID register to have firearms….TWICE
    Once with my certificate of live birth, and again a few days later, when I was issued a Social Security number.

  • SFC D says:

    So if we follow the logic of Bloomberg and his fellow liberals, in that they want to give illegal aliens and convicted felons the right to register and vote, that he is also in favor of these two groups being able to legally buy and register guns?

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