Due to a new bill signed into law by Hawaiian Governor David Ige, Hawaii will become the first U.S. state to automatically send the names of every lawful gun owner to the FBI, where those names will be entered into a federal database. That database, which has up until now been used to document individuals in “positions of trust” like schoolteachers, will now be turned into what can only be deemed a federal gun registry.
“This is an extremely dangerous bill,” said an NRA spokesperson in May. “Exercising a constitutional right is not inherently suspicious. Hawaii will now be treating firearms as suspect and subject to constant monitoring.”
The ramifications of the law – especially if and when it is used as a model for other states – should not be underestimated. This is exactly what the “paranoid” gun-rights crowd has been fearing for decades. A federal gun registry that can be used and abused by law enforcement officials and liberal administrations. In a political environment where Democrats can’t come out and say the word “confiscation,” this law could lay the groundwork for a very dystopian future.
It bears some disturbing similarities to executive actions announced by President Obama in January, which gave the Social Security Administration a mandate to turn over the names of those who had been deemed mentally unfit to handle their own finances. Under his decree, those individuals may also risk losing their firearms.
Republicans have done a good job limiting the unconstitutional march of the Democrats when it comes to the Second Amendment, but it’s clear they need to do more. It’s no longer enough to stay on defense; the anti-gun lobby is growing more powerful by the day, using emotional ploys and sensationalized tragedies to chip away at our country’s resolve against totalitarianism. Republicans have to fight back, and fight back hard.