Duncan: Gun Registration Just Like Rwandan Genocide

Man, the crazy is flowing like a river at floodstage from Republican politicians over a bill to expand background checks on guns. Rep. Jeff Duncan of South Carolina actually compared this to the Rwandan genocide based on the fact that the government might know your address:

The 2nd Amendment is (or should be) equal to the 1st Amendment and the 4th Amendment and all of the others. Ask yourselves why it is under attack? Ask yourselves about a National gun registry database and how that might be used and why it is so wanted by progressives.

Read about the Rwandan genocide, the Hutu and Tutsi tribes. Read that all Tutsi tribe members were required to register their address with the Hutu government and that this database was used to locate Tutsi for slaughter at the hands of the Hutu. (Since the government had the names and addresses of nearly all Tutsis living in Rwanda (remember, each Rwandan had an identity card that labeled them Tutsi, Hutu, or Twa) the killers could go door to door, slaughtering the Tutsis.

Not with firearms, mind you, but with machetes.

I use this example to warn that national databases can be used with evil consequences.

Uh….congressman….the government already has your address. It’s on your driver’s license, your voter registration, your social security and IRS records. If the government having your address led to genocide we would all be dead. But wait, there’s a punchline to this. This is the very next line in this screed:

Preying on the fears of the American citizenry is not good governance.

Seriously. If I made that up, you’d think it was a joke. An elected representative just claimed that if the government has your address, they will slaughter you like they did in Rwanda and then, in the very next sentence, said that preying on fears was a bad thing. Tom Lehrer is right; satire is dead.

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  • Yeah, because who can forget the scene were the Hutus were carrying around spread sheets and maps hunting down the the Tutsis…..

    Of all the things that made and facilitated the genocide, a national address database was probably low on the list.

  • alanb

    You may laugh, but when the Cubans and the Nicaraguans and the Russians invade Calumet, Colorado they will be able to access the gun registration records and round up all the people that are threats to them.

  • Duncan is a shoe-in for the Bryan Fischer Award.

  • caseloweraz

    “Ask yourselves about a National gun registry database and how that might be used and why it is so wanted by progressives.”

    It’s so desperately wanted by progressives that it wasn’t even in the bills the Republicans shot down yesterday.

    (I use the phrase “shot down” deliberately.)

  • Read that all Tutsi tribe members were required to register their address with the Hutu government and that this database was used to locate Tutsi for slaughter at the hands of the Hutu.

    Well, at least on some level, he understands that all wingnut politics is about tribalism.

  • Well, I give the guy props for not flogging Hitler this time, the way these crazies usually do.

  • So a newspaper, with no evidence, can publish a story that says U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan buggers 4-year-old boys on a daily basis merely to destroy him?

    Why not? You mean there are limits and some kind of common-sense tests that apply to free speech? Just like there are exceptions to the protection offered by the Fourth Amendment?*

    Why are these attacks being made on the First and Fourth* amendments?**

    * Granted, the current court goes overboard in granting exceptions to those protections, but still.

    ** There is one distinction to be made: When someone is libeled he has the opportunity to seek redress in court, and likewise the person jailed on illegally obtained evidence has the appeals process. A person who is fatally shot, on the other hand. … Not so much.

  • Ben P

    I love how wingnuts can take a grain of a real argument and just turn it into something silly.

    If you are opposed to something that would lead to gun registration, the bill has a genuine problem. It’s poorly drafted in that it prohibits the attorney general from compiling registration from background check info, but that language could potentially be construed to allow other entities to compile lists.

    It’s still paranoid, but it’s amazing how people can go from “The Attorney General shall not use information received under this bill to compile any database of gun owners” to “they’re trying to pass gun registration under our noses.”

  • kantalope

    Just before my 18th Birthday the government sent me a letter telling me that I was about to turn 18 and that I needed to go register for the draft by giving the government my address and birth date. I think the government already knows where you are.

  • mithandir

    The argument is even more stupid than you think. If you had a database of people who own guns, would these really be the people you’d go and attack with machetes?

  • mithandir

    Oh and not that this doesn’t go without saying but….

    I’ve been to Rwanda, visited the genocide museum in Kigali and heard first-hand accounts from some of the survivors. Furthermore I’m Belgian so I took a special interest while I was there about the reasons and unfolding of the genocide and, well, he’s full of shit.

  • It’s surprising we don’t see the extreme right more upset about vehicle registration and driver licensing. After all the government knowing you have an SUV will make it easier for them to take it when the Global Warming Conspiracy orders everyone to stop driving and ride the bus. And how are Patriots going to form their Well Regulated Militia if they can’t drive the 5 blocks to their local donut shop?

    Conversely you’d think they’d realise that the Evil Conspiracy doesn’t need to know whether people have guns or not. When the time comes they’ll just do random searches anyways, assuming they don’t come up with a convincing story to convince people to give up their guns. Of course the reality is that it would be far more likely for a hard right conspiracy to take over the US than a hard left one, and a lot of the gun folks would likely get to keep their guns, because they’d be strong supporters of the takeover.

    BTW, Jeff, you might want to do some research on what goes in places like Canada, where lots of guns are registered, and anyone who wants to use a firearm must have a license.