Eight House representatives were outed by Breitbart News as being the only Republicans to vote in support of a significant gun-control measure on Thursday.
The Republicans in question were; Vern Buchanan of Florida, Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, Maria Salazar of Florida, Andrew Garbarino of New York, Chris Smith of New Jersey, Fred Upton of Michigan, Carlos Gimenez of Florida, and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois.
These republicans supported the bill, H.R. 8, which expands point-of-sale background checks for retail firearms sales to make it mandatory for private transactions as well.
Most republicans contested the gun control expansion, including Rep. Bob Good (R-VA) who predicted that if enacted, the bill was the first step toward a national gun registry.
“This bill creates a de facto gun registry by involving the federal government in every gun transfer, including private transfers and gifts, or else how will we enforce these requirements?” Good said according to The Wall Street Journal.
While it might not seem like a big issue to have background checks or even a gun ownership database, at first blush, conservatives have consistently stood against such measures to protect second amendment rights.
Thanks to the right’s common sense way of factoring human nature into their politics, it’s been the longstanding opinion of most conservatives that government officials would want to know where the guns were if they went to collect them.
If federal officials don’t know who has what firepower, they would have a much more difficult time looking to collect firearms.
A national registry of which homes are the most well guarded would not only make collection easier but if a certain person were to be very well armed, they could be watched and potentially neutralized by some other infraction. If the government could get Al Capone on tax evasion, they could get a redneck on a permit violation.