NRA compiled secret gun registry on “tens of millions” of gun owners

The National Rifle Association has allegedly compiled a secret gun registry -type database on tens of millions of American gun owners, without their knowledge or consent, according to a damning new report over at Buzzfeed.

Boy, no one could have predicted that.

Except me.

Here’s what I wrote back in January of this year:

There already is a national gun registry. It’s called the NRA membership list.

If the NRA and its paranoid membership are so worried about the government creating a national gun registry, lest the government use that list to confiscate guns, they should stop worrying: The best list in the country already exists. It’s called the NRA membership.

Sure, the NRA membership list doesn’t contain a gun registry of “all” firearms owners in America. But it does contain a list of many of the most paranoid, crazy, militant gun owners. The very people a “fascist” government would be most concerned about.

As I noted at the time, the list that Second Amendment advocates fear, it already exists.  And now it’s confirmed.

A former NRA lobbyist tells Buzzfeed that the NRA has collected data on “tens of millions” of gun owners in a database unknown to those members, and without their permission.

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More from Buzzfeed:

[T]he 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. The country’s largest privately held database of current, former, and prospective gun owners is one of the powerful lobby’s secret weapons, expanding its influence well beyond its estimated 3 million members and bolstering its political supremacy.

That database has been built through years of acquiring gun permit registration lists from state and county offices, gathering names of new owners from the thousands of gun-safety classes taught by NRA-certified instructors and by buying lists of attendees of gun shows, subscribers to gun magazines and more, BuzzFeed has learned.

Now, why does this all matter?

Because if gun owners are going to be so paranoid as to fear every small piece of gun legislation that President Obama and gun control advocates propose, because they believe that our government is so evil that it’s capable of anything, including rounding up people with guns, Nazi Germany style, then what’s stopping the National Security Agency from simply hacking the NRA and grabbing a copy of its de facto gun registry?

(What’s stopping Anonymous, for that matter?)

If I were an evil jack-booted government thug, hell-bent on putting every gun owner in a concentration camp, that’s what I’d do. I wouldn’t waste any time trying to create my own gun registry, I’d simply steal the NRA’s.

Mind you, I am not such a jack-booted thug.  But if I were, hacking the NRA would be the least of my crimes.

Not to put too fine a point on it, but if you really believe that President Obama is Hitler, as so many Second Amendment advocates claim, then why would Hitler be capable of genocide but not a simple hacking?

Dirty little secret: He would.

Tea Party compared President Obama to Adolf Hitler in an email fundraiser.

Tea Party compared President Obama to Adolf Hitler in an email fundraiser.

CyberDisobedience on Substack | @aravosis | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn. John Aravosis is the Executive Editor of AMERICAblog, which he founded in 2004. He has a joint law degree (JD) and masters in Foreign Service from Georgetown; and has worked in the US Senate, World Bank, Children's Defense Fund, the United Nations Development Programme, and as a stringer for the Economist. He is a frequent TV pundit, having appeared on the O'Reilly Factor, Hardball, World News Tonight, Nightline, AM Joy & Reliable Sources, among others. John lives in Washington, DC. .

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