Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Hawaii Gun Registration

I registered the guns yesterday. Decent enuf guys behind the bullet proof counter glass, with a pass thru like a gas station in a bad neighborhood. Guess what: To get to that fortified registration room you have to walk past another counter with no protection, just a normal everyday counter, with clerks at desks behind it. Like no one intent on shooting cops would even think to take out the clerks, go over the counter, and keep shooting.

I brought the guns in from out of state so I didn't have to apply for a Permit to Aquire them, but I still had to sign medical waivers.

Since one of my pistols was already registered (when I was here in the 1980s) and they still had the records for that one, I didn't have to be fingerprinted, but did get photographed. Also I had to give them my local doctor's name and address, and a release form for all medical records, including psychiatric and with a check mark for release of any records of AIDS. Like AIDS drives ppl to kill? How does knowing if someone has AIDS make the public safer- especially since I doubt that they access any of these records until one gets arrested for something, in which case they could have supoenaed them anyway. There was no time termination limit on the access permission. They can access forever, and since the local doctor will soon have my old doctor's records, they will have perpetual access to all.

Is this the future? Governments with instant access to databases of all conceivable information on everybody? Tie together all your credit card info, checking account records, highway U-Pass toll info, telephone records including recordings of calls, medical records, passport usages, ATM records, car registrations, gun registrations, airline flights, hotel records, property rental and ownership records, tax records, driver's license info, Amazon and B&N records....The Nazis and Stalinists did not have that information in their wildest dreams and we are turning it all over to ppl beyond control, because if we refuse we can be prosecuted for not obeying the law.

As Jerry Pournelle likes to say: We were born free.

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