Top Gun wrote:
That's the feds for you. Making the records electronically available would be a de-facto registration which the feds are not allowed to have. States are free to implement them if they so wish (and get it past their people, eg. CA, NY etc.) In OR the background check has to go through the state police and the records are held for 5 to 7 years electronically w/ them.
And why the hell not? In what sort of ridiculously ass-backwards society do we live that federal law enforcement shouldn't be able to check up on people who own objects solely designed to, y'know, kill other people? The 2nd Amendment as written does not have one iota of application to modern society. It is a ridiculous vestigial remnant of a time when the most powerful weaponry had garbage accuracy at 50 yards and could be fired at no more than 2 rounds per minute, a time when a significant percentage of the population were subsistence hunters. It's the 21st century. It has no place here without massive revision.
Gee wiz. Guns are designed to project force. It's up to the user what to do with them, be it killing, threatening, target practice, making artwork, hammering nails, you name it. As usual, all actions have consequences so act wisely. In my lifetime I have been mugged at knife point, have been assaulted w/o reason (ever feared for your life while being helpless ? It's a sobering experience), and I have seen my share of nasty fights out of the blue. Currently there's a drug house down my road and quite a few meth heads in the area (24/7 laundry). I learned the hard way that there is no way that the police can protect me if someone decides to take what I own or that I don't deserve to live. So unless social progress catches up w/ our technological progress I'm glad that the 2nd protects my right to self defense by giving me the option to legally own a very effective deterrent.
As for your "powerful weapons" stats, you may want to look a little closer into that. Being the technological progressives of their time the founding fathers were well aware of what was out there and where technology was headed. Rifled barrels date back to the 15. century, same as multi-shot weapons. Check out Forgotten Weapons
, informative and entertaining
https://www.forgottenweapons.com/ria-lo ... lintlocks/
http://www.nramuseum.com/the-museum/the ... tlock.aspx
https://www.forgottenweapons.com/beauti ... ock-video/
Top Gun wrote:
What do you think a registration database would do better than the current system ?
Well gee, I dunno, maybe enable law enforcement to see that some potential shithead nutjob suddenly starts stockpiling enough AR-15s to occupy Paris?
So, when does someone becomes a "potential shithead nutjob" ? By buying guns ? Remember, he passed the criminal background check.
Top Gun wrote:Or being able to swiftly track who sold firearms to criminals, and whether they should have done so? Or maybe just having the bare semblance of a modern-day database system?
Doesn't matter if it takes a few hours or days tracing a gun, the seller will be found if he bought the gun legally in the 1st place and the crooks didn't mess w/ the serial numbers -- most of the time the traceable owner had his gun stolen from him though. Dead end. Personally I'm perfectly fine w/ the archaic system, it works and it's very hard to abuse (like a database most certainly will be -- registration, profiling, you name it.) Once society progress catches up, go for the database and add at least knifes and kinetic tools.
Top Gun wrote:
Seriously, read the article
. Tell me that isn't ★■◆● absurd.
(Again: four times as many gun stores as McDonald's. What the literal ★■◆●.)
Have to take that 4x number w/ a grain of salt -- it's the amount of FFL's, this includes C&R licenses and manufacturers (eg. gunsmiths) The amount of actual retail gun stores is probably a lot lower (eg. there's one store in my area but 10+ FFL's)
Edit: an interesting sub-title line from that article: "Information Is Power"...