Man, the crazy is flowing like a river at floodstage from Republican politicians over a bill to expand background checks on guns. Rep. Jeff Duncan of South Carolina actually compared this to the Rwandan genocide based on the fact that the government might know your address:
The 2nd Amendment is (or should be) equal to the 1st Amendment and the 4th Amendment and all of the others. Ask yourselves why it is under attack? Ask yourselves about a National gun registry database and how that might be used and why it is so wanted by progressives.
Read about the Rwandan genocide, the Hutu and Tutsi tribes. Read that all Tutsi tribe members were required to register their address with the Hutu government and that this database was used to locate Tutsi for slaughter at the hands of the Hutu. (Since the government had the names and addresses of nearly all Tutsis living in Rwanda (remember, each Rwandan had an identity card that labeled them Tutsi, Hutu, or Twa) the killers could go door to door, slaughtering the Tutsis.
Not with firearms, mind you, but with machetes.
I use this example to warn that national databases can be used with evil consequences.
Uh….congressman….the government already has your address. It’s on your driver’s license, your voter registration, your social security and IRS records. If the government having your address led to genocide we would all be dead. But wait, there’s a punchline to this. This is the very next line in this screed:
Preying on the fears of the American citizenry is not good governance.
Seriously. If I made that up, you’d think it was a joke. An elected representative just claimed that if the government has your address, they will slaughter you like they did in Rwanda and then, in the very next sentence, said that preying on fears was a bad thing. Tom Lehrer is right; satire is dead.