Oppose National ID Cards
Contact Your Representative on the “Government Terror Bill”
— Tell him or her to oppose National ID cards and other Big Brother programs that could affect gun owners
H.R. 10 — the so-called 9/11 bill — has passed the House by a two-to-one margin. It is now in conference committee to iron out its differences with the Senate-passed version (S. 2845). GOA has already alerted you to the most alarming aspects of the House bill. Just to review, H.R. 10 would:
(1) Create a massive government database containing personal information on every American man, woman and child [section 2173]. This database would be within the exclusive discretion of the bureaucrats, but could include medical records, confidential financial records, library records, and gun records.
(2) “Standardize,” (that is, nationalize) the process of issuing drivers’ licenses — an action which takes the final step toward creating a national ID card [section 3052].
This is a huge concern because these federal standards can easily be used by a future Hillary Clinton administration to keep certain groups of people (such as gun owners) from receiving these National ID cards. Even the Bush administration has supported legislation (PATRIOT Acts I and II) that could be used to designate groups like GOA and NRA as terrorist organizations (see http://www.gunowners.org/fs0307.htm for details). If the feds can set standards that keep you from getting a “National ID card,” then your life has just become very difficult — as your ability to write a check or buy a gun becomes next to impossible.
(3) Set up a system whereby any employer or industry identified by the Attorney General would have to submit employment applicants to the government for approval — complete with fingerprints or other “biometric identifiers” [section 2142].
You can go to http://www.gunowners.org/hs0405a.htm to see a more detailed analysis as to why these areas should concern gun owners.
The Senate bill is better in many respects, but does contain a national ID card provision quietly added by anti-gun Senator John McCain on the Senate floor when no one was paying attention.
It’s also ironic what is NOT in the bill. One would think that a “9/11 bill” which seeks to correct shortcomings prior to the terror hijackings of three years ago would expedite the process for arming pilots. But the bill does nothing in this regard.
This legislation now goes to the House-Senate conference.
ACTION: Contact your Representatives and demand that he or she works to delete the anti-gun, anti-freedom provisions in sections 2173, 3052, and 2142. Even if your legislator isn’t on the conference committee, your message tells him that this bill is UNACCEPTABLE as long as those provisions remain. You can use the pre-written message below and send it as an e-mail by visiting the GOA Legislative Action Center at http://www.gunowners.org/activism.htm (where phone and fax numbers are also available).
—– Pre-written letter —–
As it goes to a House-Senate conference committee, you should be aware that H.R. 10 would:
(1) create a massive government database containing personal information on every American man, woman and child;
(2) “standardize” (that is, nationalize) the process of issuing drivers’ licenses — thereby taking the final step toward creating a national ID card;
(3) set up a system whereby any employer or industry identified by the Attorney General would have to submit employment applicants to the government for approval — complete with fingerprints or other “biometric identifiers.”
Please work to get these provisions deleted — or make sure this totalitarian monstrosity is scuttled entirely.
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