The NRA's Wayne LaPierre said on “Fox News Sunday” that background checks for all gun purchases would lead to a national registry of gun owners. Critics say such a registry could lead to taxes on guns or to confiscation.When I heard about LaPierre’s interview, I immediately thought about how we register vehicles and drivers. True, such registration facilitates certain actions by the government, but most reasonable people would argue that any “freedom” we surrender through registration is more than offset by the advantages gained through government action. Of course, the NRA cares nothing about benefits to the community but only about the individual unfettered by external constraints. The NRA’s ideal citizen is a paranoid sociopath.
—The Associated Press
These thoughts led me to create a graphic that I posted on Facebook. That graphic was widely shared—apparently many people share my view of the NRA position—so I thought it was worth posting here as well. You can click on the image for a larger view. Feel free to use it, unchanged except for size, for any non-commercial purpose.