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Background Checks vs. Gun-Owner Lists

"NICS" vs. "BIDS"
FBI Agents vs. Family gun stores
Big Brother vs. Business Owners

Does the public want background safety checks ("BIDS")
or fascist gun-owner lists ("NICS," the current system)?

"BIDS" is cheaper.
Works better.
No Government Registration Lists.

This is how NICS captures your name and information. The FBI and DOJ claim
they don't save the data, but there is no way to confirm that, and people remain
skeptical for reasons that were unclear at press time. When the system was built,
despite statute that required the data to be destroyed instantly, DOJ (under Janet
Reno) claimed the computer was incapable of erasing a record. Even if local
data is destroyed, records sent to allies (the box above "III") for checking would
be under no such obligation. Bureaucratic tendencies are to save everything

See full size image (scroll down) at this link -- 

If a background check in this modern day and age
is going to hold sway and swing popular opinion into policy;

If a background check is a way to keep guns away from criminals
who want to buy their guns at retail and pay the sales tax;

Then do it without compiling names of innocent gun owners.
That's only reasonable and common sense.

Even if the folly of universal background checks never goes from the minds of hoplophobes to the floors of legislatures, the expensive, list-compiling FBI-run "NICS" gun-owner registry needs to be eliminated. Sooner would be better than later.

Government registration of gun owners (the unverifiable part of NICS background checks) is the first step to every genocide committed in the 20th Century. Every one.

We know that can't happen here, right? So we're not even going to tempt fate. No government registration of gun owners. It serves no legitimate purpose. How does writing down my name, or your name, help stop crime or make you safer? It doesn't, and the people pushing the system know that.

It expends vast amounts of scarce resources on tracking the innocent. And there's no need. Lists of innocent gun-owners have no crime-fighting component, but they are extremely expensive -- Do you know what it costs to write down the names of 100 million gun owners? You need 27,000 changes daily, just to track people who move once every ten years on average.

BIDS does an equal job of preventing prohibited possessors from buying guns. It costs far less -- totally eliminates the expensive call centers. Reduces downtime and delays legitimate dealers and customers must now endure. And it cannot make lists of buyers. Dealers simply reference the encrypted password-protected prohibited possessor list on their local computers with simple volatile search tools, offline. It's like using a computerized yellow pages. The list itself is updated constantly, as it is now.

Hey, just like you, I don't want some mass murderer out on bleeding-heart parole walking into a gun store and coming out with a smokewagon and ammo. Gun owners are a common-sense reasonable crowd, just like anyone. It is time to scrap NICS for BIDS, and move this debate to a better place. Everything's on the table, Mr. Obama told us so. Make it so.

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 federal agents for extra checking and extra time -- just like now.

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

And look -- before you start shouting at me --
BIDS ain't perfect, we all know that, but it's as good first step.
Getting rid of NICS is essential, and it won't happen
without an intermediary step. Ask me about what comes
after BIDS...

Read more:

BIDS: “Blind Identification Database System”

"If we must have gun-buyer background checks to stop criminals,
at least do it without compiling massive records on the innocent."



if it's a background check, why do they need the gun's serial number?

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