Jews For The Preservation of Firearms Ownership, Inc.
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February 11, 2005
NEW ELECTRONIC ID BILL THREATENS
YOUR FIREARMS OWNERSHIP
On Thursday, February 10, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill so filled with horrors that it makes a George Romero zombie movie look like "The Muppets Take Manhattan."
"The Real ID Act" (H.R. 418) sponsored by Rep. James Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin, has something in it to make everybody fear for their freedom.* Liberals hate it because if it becomes law it would force political asylum-seekers to prove the motivations of their persecutors (literally, an impossible task).
* States-rights advocates hate it because it gives the federal government power to determine who can get drivers licenses and how those licenses will be issued.
* Civil libertarians hate it because in addition to being the next giant step to a true national ID card, it calls for limitless information about us all to be placed in vast Homeland Security databases.
* EVERYONE should hate it because it allows the Department of Homeland Security to suspend laws -- and then forbids the courts to redress this savage abuse of government power.
* And gun-owners in particular should hate and fear it because it's yet another back door to enable the federal government to steal our right to keep and bear arms.
Here are two articles on the bill. This one deals primarily with the ID provisions.
This one covers many of the bill's horrors and also explains how the ID provisions are harsher than those that were passed into law just two months ago.
In what way does another, stricter, tighter national ID bill threaten your right to own guns? As our friends at Gun Owners of America wrote:
"Since you need a driver's license to purchase a gun from a dealer, this will give BATFE the expanded ability to impose even greater forms of gun control -- something which it has long coveted. This will become even more apparent if an anti-gun Democrat like Hillary Clinton wins the presidency in 2008."
Do you look forward to the day when the federal government might deny you a driver's license? Or the day when your use of a license in a gun shop creates an instant Homeland Security database entry on you?
Do you look forward to being profiled as a "gun nut" and a security risk because of your purchases? Do you look forward to the day when the federal government not only knows every gun owner but has the means to track our activities in realtime as we work, shop, bank and perform the growing number of activities tied together by one big ID system?
HR 418 has the strong-armed support of the White House. Nearly every Republican in the House voted for it. The U.S. Senate is the only thing standing between us and this house of horrors -- and sponsors are already conniving to attach HR 418 to a "must pass" piece of legislation.
This is what we get -- once again -- for trusting either, or any, political party. This is the way "business as usual" works. It *doesn't* work for freedom. This is what we get when we settle on compromise and accept the lesser of two evils. We get evil.
If you still support these villains with your votes, your money, or your labor, now is the time to STOP. Be realistic. Give up the mad hope that "business as usual" or "reform" will ever produce anything other than the usual -- and growingly horrible -- results.
Gun owners need to withdraw their support from those who betray them again and again and again. Then we need to actively band together with every liberty lover whose rights have been excluded and declared expendable by political powers.
We need to educate our friends and neighbors and together create a Bill of Rights Culture to replace the rotten political culture that is taking over our once free nation. We need to tell them and SHOW them what's going on in our country.
It's your choice. Politics as usual or freedom as it should be. You can't have both.
- The Liberty Crew
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