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Guns In America
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What is the speaker's stand about gun registration?
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There was no tracing of Gunss and no keeping of a registry of Guns until 1968 and so the number of Guns that were available to Americans before that time can only be guest mated. Since that time we do know the number of guns that are manufactured in this country because they have to be, with very rare exception, they have to be reported to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Fire Arms.
Very few firearms in our country are registered in the sense that you had to get it registered in order to buy it. But we do have what amounts to national registration of all the guns that have been sold through dealers in this country, which means that most guns at one point in their time as a gun, have been registered in that sense.
Registering guns is not a crime fighting tool. Canada has registered handguns since 1934, Hawaii since about the same time, yet never once has that registration of handguns ever contributed to the solving of a crime. It's simply a convenient tool for governments to use when they want to go and confiscate guns, and that's the reason why we oppose registration of guns.
There's really no such thing as a buyback of guns because the government never owned the guns. That would only be possible in a country where the guns were issued to individual citizens such as in Switzerland, where every man has a machine gun at home during the time between his 17th birthday and his 44th birthday, I believe. But otherwise you might have a gun buy up, and typically it is a good way for people to make money by selling inoperative guns to gullible government officials.
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