Originally Posted by rearnakedchoke
so if crime involving knives all of a sudden went through the roof would they publish a list of everyone buying knives? having a registry is important, but making it private is an invasion of privacy ...
What jump in firearm deaths are you talking about exactly? According to the CDC, there were 1032 gun deaths in Illinois in 2007, compared to 1036 in 2006. That's a 0.39% decrease
in gun related deaths. So exactly where are instances of gun crimes going "through the roof" that justifies this new law?
You're speaking as if just the mere act of owning a gun makes a person a potential threat. People have been a danger to each other long before guns were invented. Legal gun ownership is not the problem.
In fact, there shouldn't even be a registry of gun owners, public or private. If I own a gun, it's my private property, the government and law enforcement have no business keeping track of my private property. Motor vehicles account more deaths and injuries in the US each year compared to guns (43,443 motor vehicle related deaths nationwide, compared to 30,694 gun related deaths, in 2005), so do we publish a public registry of automobile ownership in order to paint car and truck owners as potential threats? This kind of thing is nothing more than an anti-gun witchhunt.