Per Pete's request as reported here, I have emailed Declan McCullagh with my response to his column, "Sorry, Mandatory Gun Registration Is Constitutional." You may judge whether my "Vanderboeghian knifework," as Pete called it, is still up to snuff.
Subject: "You don't poke a wolverine with a stick unless you want your balls ripped off."
Date: 8/22/2009 2:27:47 P.M. Central Daylight Time
re: Your column "Sorry, Mandatory Gun Registration Is Constitutional"
There are things in life that you can do.
There are things in life that you shouldn't do.
For example, you CAN urinate on an electric fence, but it will undoubtedly be a far more religious experience than you had bargained for. Likewise it is with mandatory gun registration.
All this pointy-hatted constitutional "scholar" stuff is good for the sort of parlor chat that some folks favor, I suppose, but in the real world there is for the academician kibitzer and citizen disarmament advocate legal beagle this unfortunate (depending upon how you look at it) set of historical and political truths:
One, universal gun registration is the precursor to gun confiscation, always has been, always will be.
Two, gun confiscation is the absolute precursor to tyranny and genocide.
Three, there are enough armed citizenry in this country who have internalized these lessons to make it suicidal for any would-be tyrant to try, "constitutional" or not. (The Founders would say "not," but why waste time debating the point?)
Ergo, as my Michigan farmer grandfather once told me about arguing with Grandma: "Son, you don't poke a wolverine with a sharp stick unless you want your balls ripped off."
Oh, by the way, WE are the wolverine.
Are we done here? I think we are.
The alleged leader of a merry band of Three Percenters