We have all heard of “the shot heard round the world.” The term denotes the first shot at the North Bridge at the Battle of Lexington and Concord. The battle occurred when British troops, stationed in colonies to suppress the likely uprising, caught wind of a cache of weapons and marched to confiscate them. American militia members fought back and thus was the beginning of the Revolutionary War.
To put it another way: though we had a long list of grievances and war seemed inevitable, the Revolution began when a tyrannical government came to confiscate firearms.
Sadly, the patriots who fought such oppression are long since departed and what passes for leadership in America continues to struggle to find new ways to come between lawful citizens and their Second Amendment rights.
Hawaii is considering a dangerous precedent; lawmakers in the island state are considering tying their firearms registry to an FBI database that would alert Hawaiian authorities if a Hawaii resident is arrested anywhere in the United States.
The federal “Rap Back” system was implemented as a means of sharing information on the arrests of people in “positions of trust.” This meant that if, for example, a teacher was arrested in another state, this information could be shared with his or her home state and authorities could react accordingly.
As disturbing as this federal oversight is, Hawaii now appears poised to become the first state in the union to tie gun owners to a federal database.
So, when the tyrants of modern times decide it’s time to confiscate weapons, they will know exactly where to look.
Hawaii State Senator Will Espero, who proposed the legislation, praised the idea as not only the supposed right move for Hawaii, but hopes that the tyrannical bill, should it become law, would serve as a model for the rest of the country.
However, the very existence of the database may be subject to constitutional challenges as forcing people to register their names in a database who have committed no violation may be considered a violation of rights to privacy.
“You’re curtailing that right by requiring that a name be entered into a database without doing anything wrong,” said Kenneth Lawson, faculty at the University of Hawaii’s William S. Richardson School of Law.
The war against the Second Amendment is a war centered on incrementalism. Register one’s guns today, lose them tomorrow.
Registration is the first step towards confiscation and with such measures sneakily encroaching upon our rights, it’s getting harder and harder to be a law-abiding gun owner.
The solution, however, cannot be to acquiesce to such dangerous demands. As Martin Luther King once noted, “One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.”