Oppose gun registration bill for Illinois

Liberal Democrat Kelly Cassidy of Chicago has introduced a bill in the Illinois House (H.B. 4715) that, if passed, would require everyone in Illinois who owns a gun to register it with the state.

The liberals in Connecticut just got away with cowing all their citizens into registering their guns. Is Illinois next? You may recall that in 1928 Germany, the Weimar regime outlawed guns. While this was originally designed to disable groups like Adolph Hitler’s Nazi party, it eventually worked to their advantage, once Hitler came into power. In 1938, Hitler extended the gun verboten law, thereby leaving the German populace utterly defenseless in the face of despotic governance. The first move toward total gun confiscation is merely requiring citizens to register their guns. How long will it take after this (for our safety, of course) to require all guns be kept at the local police station? Once they are registered, it will be easy for officials to force accountability for each weapon.

This is somewhat reminiscent of Lisa Madigan’s idiotic idea of making the names and addresses of every FOID card holder public. Naturally, the state will claim that this information is strictly confidential. They might try telling that to the people who have had their personal information compromised lately, who have simply used credit cards at stores. If (make that when) this data bank was hacked, criminals would know, not only who owns guns, but what they are, and where the prize weapons are to be found.

Once all our guns are in the local police station, it is a simple matter for all of them to simply disappear. Springfield will tell us, now that all the guns are gone, we are all safe, just as Hitler did. They are already telling us that we are safe in gun-free zones like schools, theaters and shopping malls. They won’t factor in the guns possessed by criminals, who clearly are not going to surrender their weapons. Neither will they mention a despotic government against which we are completely helpless once we are all disarmed.

The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is the ultimate in simplicity and straight-forward rhetoric. It reads, “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.” I would like to cite, for emphasis, two short passages from that amendment. “Being necessary to the security of a free State.” It was the framers’ accurate belief that we could not stay free for long without an armed citizenry. “Shall not be infringed.” That means the government does not have the authority to meddle in the possession or carry of private weapons. If we allow that to happen, the security of our free state will be short-lived indeed. I hope you are disturbed enough by this pathetically short-sighted and pernicious bill to contact your state representative and senator to insist they vote against this nonsense.

Dave Willis

From the March 19-25, 2014, issue

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