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Today’s Tech Means Privacy is Out the Window
By Harold Hutchison

The biggest reason to oppose registration is that it can be used for confiscation. See what happened in New York City, England, and Australia for major examples in the last 30 years. But there are many other reasons you should not want registration to happen. One such reason has emerged since the Newtown shooting – your privacy will be invaded.

The decision by the Journal-News to publish the names of pistol permit holders in two counties in New York City and to use Google Maps to publish that information across the world is a watershed – and a warning. In the state of New York, you have to get a license to even buy a handgun – and it is registered. Oh, yeah, and they are subject to FOIA requests. The actions of the newspaper lead officials of Putnam County, New York, to deny their list of permit holders to that paper, promising a legal battle to protect law-abiding gun owners.

Yet, some anti-gunners want to take this nationwide. Mark Green, a former candidate for mayor of New York City, actually called for a registry of gun owners that would operate similarly to Megan’s Law. In other words, exercising Second Amendment rights is on par with child molestation or rape. They are not joking – to them, you do not deserve privacy if you want to own a gun.

Even if the registration is under the National Firearms Act, which essentially taxes full-auto firearms and other items like silencers and sawed-off shotguns, there is no guarantee that the data will remain private. Two incidents on another hot-button social issue may be very instructive about just how much your privacy may be valued by anti-gunners.

In 2008, after California passed Proposition 8, overturning that state Supreme Court’s ruling imposing gay marriage on the state, the donors in favor of Prop 8 found their names plastered all over the internet. That lead to harassment that was documented by the Heritage Foundation. In April, 2012 the National Organization for Marriage revealed that its un-redacted tax forms were leaked to a gay rights group and the Huffington Post.

Such actions often lead to what is known as “name and shame” tactics. According to the Cambridge online dictionary, it is to “publicly say that a person, group or business has done something wrong.” The goal is to turn the targeted group of “wrongdoers” into pariahs. In this case, the “wrongdoing” is exercising your Second Amendment rights.

There has been a long-time push to turn gun owners into pariahs. Perhaps the group most involved in this has been the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The key player in their push for gun grabs has been Dr. Katherine Kaufer Christoffel, who’s desire was to “use a public health model to work toward changing society's attitude toward guns so that it becomes socially unacceptable for private citizens to have handguns” was expressed in 1993.

These maps are another step. In the 1990s, the AAP teamed up with a group called PAX USA to promote a program called “Asking Saves Kids” – in which parents were encouraged to interrogate the parents of their children’s playmates if there were guns in the home. They also encouraged parents to not let kids play in houses if there were still doubts about the safety of the friends’ homes. With the amount of propaganda that may come from the media and anti-gun groups – what do you think will cause the doubts? The push has even lead at least one doctor to refuse to see a patient because the parents wouldn’t discuss whether they owned a gun. That resulted in Florida legislation that is being contested in court.

This push is just another effort by anti-gunners to isolate gun owners. Your best defense is to be involved with other gun owners. Go to http://membership.nrahq.org/ to join the NRA. Then go to https://www.nraila.org/get-involved-locally/forms/secure/frontlines.aspx to become part of NRA-ILA’s Frontlines to help fight the anti-gun extremists and be connected with fellow gun owners.