Between a rock and a hard place

Pity poor Harry Reid.

After events like Aurora and Newtown, new gun control laws seemed like a slam dunk; even for a President who can’t make a basket without a ladder and someone to help put the ball through the hoop. But Nevada Senator and Senate majority leader Harry Reid stood in the way. Firstly because he’s a genuine friend to gun owners. But also because he’s got to get a bunch of Red State Democrats re-elected if he wants to keep his current job. New gun laws would be a perfect way for him to become the minority leader. So as a result, he’s got his own party bashing him for getting in their way. Never mind that he’s the one standing between the crazies like Dianne Feinstein and their re-election chances.

Enter the ACLU.

The ACLU, who usually look the other way when it comes to the 2nd Amendment, are calling the Senate’s anti-gun bill “Reid’s gun bill”. And they don’t like “Reid’s gun bill”. The reason? The “universal” background check provision smells too much like a federal gun registry. This has set off the privacy alarm bells at 125 Broad Street

“[U]nfortunately, we have seen in the past that the creation of these types of records leads sometimes to the creation of government databases and collections of personal information on all of us,” [ACLU privacy lobbyist Chris] Calabrese warned. “That’s not an inevitable result, but we have seen that happen in the past, certainly.”

“As we’ve seen with many large government databases, if you build it, they will come.”

They must also subscribe to the opinion that data never dies. Though, I get the impression that they don’t realize just how bad Chucky Schumer’s bill really is. They fret that the gun owner data might not be destroyed in 24 hours. What they don’t seem to realize is that Schumer’s bill requires that it be kept. Permanently.