You know how liberals constantly remind us it’s wrong to generalize about all Muslims just because of the extremists out there?
That standard seems to go completely out the window when it comes to guns. All gun owners (and the NRA) somehow become complicit when it comes to mass public shootings — though the shootings in Chicago, which have a drastically higher death toll, don’t seem to get much attention. Trump was attacked for wanting a database of Syrian refugees in America — but a database for gun owners? Fair game.
In the Aloha State, you’re now a suspected criminal for exercising your Constitutional rights.
Via FOX News:
Hawaii signed a bill Thursday to become the first state to enter gun owners into an FBI database that will automatically notify police if an island resident is arrested anywhere else in the country.
Gov. David Ige said in a statement that the legislation is about community safety and responsible gun ownership. He said it will help law enforcement agencies protect Hawaii residents and visitors.
Can you think of a single time that a gun database has led to gun bans and gun confiscation? Other than, of course, Australia, Canada, Bermuda, Cuba, Germany, Great Britain, Greece and Ireland.
State Sen. Will Espero, who introduced the bill, and the Honolulu Police Department said the measure could serve as a model for other states. However, critics believe gun owners shouldn’t have to be entered in a database to practice a constitutional right.
Most people entered in the program, known as the “Rap Back” database, are in “positions of trust,” such as school teachers and bus drivers Stephen Fischer of the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division said in May. Hawaii is the first to add gun owners.
Supporters say the law would make Hawaii a leader in safe gun laws. Allison Anderman, a staff attorney at the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, said the bill was “groundbreaking,” and that she hadn’t heard of other states introducing similar measures.
Yet others say gun owners shouldn’t have to be entered in a database to practice a constitutional right.
“I don’t like the idea of us being entered into a database. It basically tells us that they know where the guns are, they can go grab them” Jerry Ilo, a firearm and hunting instructor for the state, told the Associated Press last month. “We get the feeling that Big Brother is watching us.”
And that’s because Big Brother is watching them.
If they don’t want to respect our Constitution, maybe Hawaii should go the way of the UK and press for a Hawaexit. Aloha!
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]