Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Death to NICS. Up with BIDS.

So you have no idea what these are, right?

Just what the government counts on: low info voters!

But you ARE for background checks when someone buys a gun, of course. I mean, who wouldn’t be? The majority of Americans support them and they don’t involve a national gun registry!

Or, do they?

The “Uninvited Ombudsman” has a little history lesson for all of us with (familiar to some) names that jump right out and scream: “How soon we forget!”
How soon we forget. When the NICS computer was built and turned on by attorney general Janet Reno, in compliance with the Brady bill in 1994, she announced that the system not only would not erase records immediately after a gun-buyer background check as required by law, it could NOT erase records at all.
She said it with a straight face, to Congress.
The Justice Dept. under Bill Clinton, had built a computer capable of checking out every American, from one spot in West Virginia, controlled by the FBI, a dream project the Bureau was dying for, and the quarter-billion dollar computer was incapable of deleting a record. That’s what Janet Reno wanted us to believe, it’s what she told us, and who knows — maybe it’s exactly what she built. We have no way to know. [Note: C'mon it's a computer, there's no such thing as one that can't delete a file, she lied through her teeth, had planned this all along].

Congress went wild, because the bill that authorized the monster computer (read, buildings full of equipment and staff) required that background check records be destroyed instantly after the background check was completed. Congress was well aware, and had been pressured incessantly by its constituents, not to start creating rosters of gun owners. The only way the background check got in the bill at all was with instant destruction of the record mandatory. Turns out statute didn’t matter much to the feds.

No worries though: It is time to scrap NICS for BIDS, and move this debate to a better place.
Sure, the authorities and those with a vested interest will throw up every obstacle known to man, to stop this great improvement. Sure, a gun store could skip the system and sell to crooks, just like they can under NICS, and risk their licenses and long hard prison time. Sure there will be hard cases that will require referral to agents for extra checking and extra time, just like now.

Death to NICS. Up with BIDS. More freedom always is a good thing. Fight the anti-rights calls for gunshow loops and holes with counter call for BIDS, money-saving efficiency, less government and freedom from Big Brother.
Death to NICS, Up with BIDS

Background Check Gun Records Are Saved

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