Some liberals are trying to make a big deal about how the NRA is good at making a database of who has guns for its mailing list like it’s hypocritical about gun registries. Of course, it’s a big difference when some private entity knows information about you versus the government which likes to think it can wield power over you. I don’t want the government to know what guns I have or even if I have any (well, of course I have guns; I’m an American), because who knows what it will do with that information. Actually, in a more perfect world, I’d want the government to have pretty no information on me. I fund the government — not the other way around — so while I should know every detail of its budget, there’s no reason it should even know my income. Or where I live. Or even my last name. A government completely in the dark about its fellow citizens is one that will have a lot of trouble oppressing them.
A little late now, though. Maybe a good principle to write into the next Constitution.