WASHINGTON — The National Rifle Association has rallied gun-owners — and raised tens of millions of dollars — campaigning against the threat of a national database of firearms or their owners.
But in fact, the sort of vast, secret database the NRA often warns of already exists, despite having been assembled largely without the knowledge or consent of gun owners. It is housed in the Virginia offices of the NRA itself.
This is not a problem for conservative gun owners. They believe that the NRA isn’t like the NSA. Since it’s a private corporation, gun enthusiasts are super confident that the NRA database is vastly more secure than that of the bungling government NSA. Besides, what could possibly go wrong if government “watchdogs” ever did decide they wanted that NRA database?
It’s not like there’s any contemporary history of western democratic governments ham-handedly seizing or forcing the destruction of private industry data, and anyway, now that everybody knows that Glenn Greenwald has a gay South American “partner”, all the heavily documented facts he’s been reporting on can be summarily dismissed as yesterday’s hoary gossip.
Finally, our long international nightmare is over! There is no illegal spying going on against Americans. That’s the lesson that will get printed in future US history books (because it’s the story the government is “selling” us today!). It will be injected into the curriculum right after the lesson on all the missing WMD’s we found in Iraq.
The Tim Channel is 100% behind 100% strict government registration and regulation of all firearms. I extend my personal thanks to the fundraising department at the NRA for collecting a list of several million of their most hardcore radicals. It will indeed prove quite helpful in the event the former slave states once again decide to break into open rebellion.
There were no WMD’s in Iraq.