One thing the Obama Administration is good at – and we all know there aren’t too many of those types of things – is quietly slipping wording into rules and regulations that they hope no one will notice. And the reason I say they’re good at it is because these sneaky additions often don’t get discovered for two or three years.
One example is Form 4473, which asks an over-the-counter gun buyer to declare whether he or she is a Hispanic or a non-Hispanic. That question is followed by another question that goes deeper into information that is based on race. This addition to the wording in Form 4473 was made in 2012 by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), but didn’t receive any publicity until 2014.
Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri asked the ATF director why the information was being collected and whether it’s ever been used to keep someone from buying a firearm. In the past, the government has answered these types of questions by saying the information is crucial for enforcing civil rights laws. Now they’re saying this question was designed for the purpose of identification in connection with required background checks.
Another Congressperson, Representative Diane Black of Tennessee, introduced a bill that would keep the ATF from collecting this data. She also said that some of the questions on the form regarding race are confusing to buyers.
So, is the government trying to find out whether a particular gun buyer is Hispanic, or are they really trying to find out if the gun buyer is white or black? And because applications for guns can be thrown out due to an error on the form, are they purposely keeping some of the race questions confusing?
No matter what the answers are, we know that the real goal is to keep guns out of the hands of law-abiding American citizens. This is just one of the many ways they’re trying to do that while hoping nobody is the wiser.
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