It’s not everyday that I post on politics, considering that this is a geek blog. Don’t worry, I’ll make sure that I talk tech at some point. :p
In brief, the bill that I’m writing about is H.R. 45, which will BAN firearms (i.e. rifles with a clip, and all handguns…so I guess potato guns are still okay) in America, unless you are registered, fingerprinted, supply a current driver’s license, your SSN, and agree to submit your physical and mental evaluation information, be 18 or older(I wonder how this will affect youth hunting and marksmanship training, here’s the wording: Someone applying for a license must produce “a certification by the applicant that the applicant will keep any firearm owned by the applicant safely stored and out of the possession of persons who have not attained 18 years of age” ), among other things. Violators will be subject to up to a year in prison, and lose the right to own a gun. You can read the full bill here (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/D?c111:1:./temp/~c111pFdpSe::)
Mr. Obama, and any congressmen who are reading this post (cricket, cricket), please refer to Amendment II, of the Constitution of the United States of America (which is available at any bookstore for your purchase, or, if you don’t want to spend the money, you can easily view it online at many different websites):
A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
Hmmm, “shall not be infringed”…. I think that includes micro-management, and, well, infringement.
Now, at the time of this post, I do not believe that this has been passed yet, so I’m not going to implicate Mr. Obama in this unconstitutional and illegal matter. Now believe me, I’m no fan of President Obama, but I feel a duty to respect him with my mouth and my pen, even though I do not have a requirement to agree with hm.
I would question the idea of a large database of many people’s personal information. Especially because the people whose information it is just happens to be those who actually have some capability to defend themselves physically, and who also generally have a more conservative viewpoint). I know, you are calling me a conspiracy theorist now. I’m not saying that this is the case. I’m simply pointing out an interesting “coincidence”.
I would urge you to contact your congressman to protest this bill. Hurry, before they start ignoring the First Amendment as well.