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Second Amendment Under Fire: Gun Ownership in the Obama Era

Not to be outdone by these other citizen-loathing Chicago Democrats, Congressman Bobby Rush has introduced H.R.45, the Blair Holt's Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009, into the U.S. Congress. This legislation would subject the rest of the nation to a massive gun registration and owner licensing and tracking scheme. It would not only require all handgun owners in the United States to register their sidearms with the federal government, but also owners of any semi-automatic firearms, including the most common handguns, shotguns, and rifles.

The bill, which has no co-sponsors to date, also imposes an onerous licensing procedure that would require gun owners to submit to intensive background checks and pay as-yet-undetermined renewal fees every five years.

Rush's bill would dictate how firearms are stored in a gun owner's home, essentially making it impossible to defend one's home by making it illegal to store a gun where it can be readily accessed. It  would also allow the federal government to revoke your permit if you move and fail to provide a change of address within 60 days. Perhaps the most ominous aspect of the former Black Panther's bill is that it would create a federal database of all gun owners and the firearms they own, making it ripe for abuse or confiscation.

There is something deeply sinister about the psychology of elected officials who desire to track every firearm and firearm owner in America, shadowing them from one location to another under the threat of federal law.

There is something truly disturbing about the kind of man who would attempt to trick his constituents and fellow citizens into choosing between standing behind first principles or becoming a felon.

And there is something truly alarming about a president who will risk the lives of police officers and informants and remove the teeth of our Republic in a career-long pursuit to gut a key element of the Constitution -- as if it threatens his long-term political agenda.