Many of us know that the Universal Background Check (UBC) proposal would be more cumbersome, create additional hoops to jump through and make gun purchases an even greater hassle but this legislation is more than a nuisance, it is a threat. It can be quite difficult to keep track of all the anti-gun legislation being drawn up, proposed, or talked about today.
It is easy to assume or chalk it up to another effort to make gun purchases more difficult. It can be very simple to just think that this latest UBC proposal is only another thorn in our side but we might be thinking wrong if we think that about this background check legislation.
The proposed UBC legislation is not that kind of harmless lawmaking. This one is also sneaky because on the surface it doesn’t appear to be intrusive or threatening – but it is both. In one fail swoop, this paperwork could change so much. It would both empower the anti-gun forces and weaken an entire country, even subjecting us all to tyranny.
This story adeptly outlined the potential and reach that legislation as this has in addition to the risk posed to an entire nation. One key aspect that the story discussed was the power this would put into the hands of those wanting to ban guns.
Not only would presenting such bans be more likely and more common, but it would also be that way because the UBC outline would make enforcing such bans much easier.
The scariest issue addressed by that story, however, was the key that unlocked the door to tyranny. Quoting Democratic President Hubert Humphrey, the story shared this piece of history from our past leader: “the right of citizens to bear arms is just one more guarantee against arbitrary government, one more safeguard against the tyranny which now appears remote in America, but which historically has proved to be always possible.”
This isn’t a far-fetched fear or impossibility, this is wisdom and wisdom is applicable yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Removing our granted right of protection, empowering and increasing the likelihood of gun bans and surrendering more personal data? Does any of that sound like more unnecessary, burdensome but harmless legislation?
When it comes to the supporters of the pro-gun rights versus anti-everything-gun groups, compromise has been the most common word. Unfortunately, for the pro-gun crowd, they often come out on the losing side of that discussion.
These “compromises” have cost gun owners time, have created more headaches and have taken away everything from types of guns to ammunition and even grips. This legislation could take and cost us so much more.
There is room to work together on these issues if that is the goal. Our story reminds us why we question this. ‘Now, Second Amendment supporters understandably cringe at the word “compromise” because for generations the GOP dictionary has defined it as: “Giving the Democrats half of their ridiculous demands and then hoping they say nice things about us on TV for a few days.” But that’s not real compromise, it’s capitulation.’
That means that we can’t fall prey to more gun legislation like the UBC that suggests that this is how we make gun ownership better. That these measures will take guns out of the hands of criminals and reduce gun violence.
Then, like it always does, it will argue that the little extra time to go through the UBC process will be worth the benefits.
And It will, for anti-gun rights groups and supporters.
It will be one step closer to taking away more gun owner rights. One step closer to seeing more gun bans and more gun bans more often. Most importantly, it is agenda-driven legislation that weakens “we the people” and thereby a nation.
Gun owners beware because this UBC talk isn’t harmless or meaningless but our lack of awareness can be. Maybe that’s what they are banking on or maybe they are hoping for a compromise because that seems to work out well for them. Even if they don’t know that it is a bad idea for everyone.