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BIg Brother Says Don't Fear Big Brother

By David King Published: April 10, 2013

Pimping for gun control in advance of thursday's vote on a universal background checks bill, Vice President Joe Biden mocked the opposition:

“Kinda scary man, the black helicopter crowd is really upset,” Biden said, criticizing the National Rifle Association for promoting a “misinformation campaign” on background checks.

Biden insisted that there would be no central registry for background checks allowing government to keep records on gun owners.

“No way that Uncle Sam can go find out whether you own a gun because we’re about to really take away all your rights and you’re not going to be able to defend yourself and we’re going to swoop down with Special Forces folks and gather up every gun in America,” Biden added mockingly. “It’s bizarre. But that’s what’s being sold out there.”

It's true there is no federal gun registry in the current bill, and the White House has not asked for one, but despite Biden's mockery, some Democrats in Congress, such as Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA), HAVE proposed a federal gun registry. If BIden wants to mock someone, maybe he should start with her. The NRA didn't just make it up out of whole cloth, Feinstein proposed it.

Current law requires evidence of background checks to be destroyed within 24 hours, and as we all know, we never ever need to worry about the government abusing it's power. That just doesn't happen. Not ever. As Biden says, the government won't be "swooping down" to gather up guns. The government won't even know whether you own guns or not, because there won't be a registry. The only people who believe stuff like that are those nutty NRA types...and those wild-eyed conspiracy theorists...and maybe one other group - people who have had their gun permits revoked by the government:

Buffalo, NY (WBEN) If you use anti-anxiety medication, should you forfeit your pistol permit? One attorney says that's exactly what's happened in two cases here.

"We are representing a client right now who is impacted by this onerous activity of the government," says Jim Tresmond of the Tresmond Law Firm. He's unaware of how many else may be affected because the matter is so new, with operatives across the country monitoring the state.

Tresmond is representing two clients now, but anticipates more down the road. "We were flummoxed by this whole matter," explains Tresmond. "The HIPPA act is supposed to prevent this kind of thing from happening. It's a gross invasion of our privacy rights." Who's responsible for this? "The State Police. Based on information the county received from the New York State Police, they've suspended the permits. The State Police instigates the proceedings."

Tresmond says the State Police commissioner is named in the two lawsuits.
Perhaps this is New York state's version of keeping guns out of the hands of people who shouldn't have them, but if all it takes is anti-anxiety medication to get your gun rights revoked, that's a pretty wide net. It would probably include a lot of police officers and soldiers, people who face high stress situations.
My question is, how does the government know which gun owners are taking anti-anxiety medications in the first place ? That would require two pieces of information to be matched - a government list of gun owners (a registry), which I thought didn't exist,  and government access to our medical records, which I also thought didn't exist, at least not until ObamaCare creates an electronic database of our medical records. Just one more fun feature of that legislation.
But maybe, like BIden says, I'm being all black-helicoptery, though Biden's terminology is a little outdated. These days they don't use black helicopters. They use drones:
Following the passage of a bill by Congress earlier this year, it will become easier to get a licence to fly drones in U.S. airspace. Expect to see more of these unmanned aircrafts flying overhead by 2015.
Amie Stepanovich with the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington, D.C. forewarned of the effects on Americans' privacy.

"There are contracts between the Department of Defense and companies that are developing facial recognition technology in order to put that technology on drones and they talk about identifying dissonance in crowds," she explained. "These contracts are talking about not only being able to identify who you are but collecting the information when you're engaging in this activity in the United States."

"It's actually very scary some of the things that drones are going to allow us to do," Stepanovich added.

San Francisco local Trevor Timm, an activist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation discussed the high-tech components of drones that can make in-home surveillance easier.

"Not only do these have high tech cameras that can watch people for hours or days at a time but they can also attach infrared cameras to them, heat sensors, facial recognition cameras and even cameras that can eventually see through walls," Timm said.

Hmmm. Privacy, the Fourth Amendment...those are starting to seem like quaint notions from the past. Today, it's a brave new world, and Big Brother is watching. Joe Biden says no worries.



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