Do Democrats Want to Take Our Guns?

During the 1990s, when the Clinton administration pushed for expanded gun control laws, various people warned: "Fear the government that fears your gun." Law-abiding citizens understood that our Founders' worldview had been completely flipped on its head, not by ubiquitous gun ownership but by a government that feared the idea of an armed citizenry.

With the election of Barack Obama, citizens are again confronted by an administration opposed to an armed citizenry, the tenets of our Founding Fathers, and thus to freedom itself. Although Obama has only been in office for three months, various gun registry schemes have already been promoted. And during an April 7 appearance on Good Morning America, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi put in plainly: "We want [guns] registered." Of course she assured those watching Good Morning America that Democrats "don't want to take ... guns away."

We could ask ourselves, "What's wrong with using registration to create a list of guns and gun owners to which our president has access?" But to ask that question is to answer it. Plus, here's a better question: "Why weren't our Founders intent on registering firearms and their owners?" The answer to this question is as profound as it is simple. They wanted "every man" to be armed, not just certain men.

In describing the dangers of gun registration, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre said: "Ultimately registration will let the government know who owns guns and what guns they own. History [then] provides the outcome: confiscation. And a people disarmed is a people in danger."

After Hitler and the Nazis registered all the guns in Germany, millions of Jews, Christians, and handicapped persons knew firsthand the "danger" of which LaPierre speaks. They were rounded up and starved to death, or used in inhumane medical experiments, or killed outright in the death camps.

But what could those Jews, Christians, and handicapped persons do? They couldn't fight back, for they were without guns and thus without a means to ensure their own survival, much less their freedom.