Liberals don’t want to take away your guns — they just want to know the name of every gun owner in America, what firearms they own, and whenever they make a new purchase or sale. That was the message of Thomas Brandon, the new deputy director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), when he sat down for his first TV interview with CBS’ Richard Schlesinger:
Congress has imposed constraints on ATF, such as prohibiting the agency from creating a computerized database of gun purchases.
Yet, Brandon says, not having the database hurts. Indeed, after the San Bernardino shootings, it took 12 hours to find out who owned the guns used in the attack. He says a computer database would have helped, and adds that not having one simply doesn’t make sense.
“There’s a lot of things that don’t make sense in this town, you know?” Brandon tells Schlesinger. “And, so, yeah, would it be efficient and effective? Absolutely. Would the taxpayers benefit with public safety? Absolutely. Are we allowed to do it? No.”
There’s a good reason the ATF isn’t allowed to do it. As Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) correctly stated, a searchable database of gun owners, manufacturing, and sales would be a “de facto gun registration” — and registrations are nothing but a government tool to collect fines and make our lives miserable.
Furthermore, consider this: our cars are registered. Now, how many of the dozens of senseless acts of police violence that we’ve heard about in the last year started out as routine traffic stops? Because our cars are registered in a searchable database, police can literally look for reasons to pull us over. Do we really want them to wield that same power with guns?