Gun control advocates think only a conspiracy theorist would believe that confiscation of firearms follows gun registration. “No one’s coming for your guns,” they say with a wry smile. As we know, registration is simply a way for the authorities to keep track of all “law-abiding” gun-owners so that when the time comes, they know where to go to take away people’s self-defense weapons. Criminals, by their very definition, are exempt from such rules.
“A new Cook County Sheriff’s team is crisscrossing the suburbs to seize guns from thousands of people whose Firearm Owner’s Identification Cards have been revoked. More than 3,000 people in Cook County have failed to surrender their revoked FOID cards to the state. Sheriff Tom Dart said he thinks many of them continue to possess firearms… Every week, the [Illinois] State Police alert the sheriff’s gun team of about 10 to 20 new revocations in Cook County. The investigators conduct a basic inquiry into the gun purchasing histories of the people they intend to contact. Then they knock on their doors.”
This is what happens when people fall for the gun control mantra of “keeping guns out of the wrong hands.” That sounds good and reasonable at face value, but we have to take into consideration what is meant by “wrong hands.”
A drug crime could get your FOID card revoked. But seeing a mental health professional could also nullify your 2nd Amendment rights, because they would consider that having a “history of mental illness.” And a restraining order placed against you, whether justified or not, is enough to have your license to own a gun invalidated.
So, if any of those things happen, it revokes the person’s FOID card, and police are alerted to go find out if that person has any guns to confiscate. And once that person’s guns are confiscated, that’s it. That individual will never again be allowed to own guns, unless he takes up his case through the court system, and a judge miraculously rules in his favor.
This is one of the ways gun control proponents will try to move forward with gun confiscation. It’s an incremental approach, and the boiling frog metaphor comes to mind.