Since that horrible day in Newtown Connecticutt, and even more recently, since Barack Obama's re-election, gun ban enthusiasts have all but made it clear as to what their agenda is. Registration, confiscation, extinction.
We may be seeing an attempt at the first step. In a story first broke on March 4 by St. Louis radio talk show host Dana Loesch, the Misssouri Department of Revenue is attempting to collect personal data on citizens applying for conceal carry permits, and forwarding that information to a third party working in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security.
Eric Griffin of Stoddard County, which is in the northeast corner of the state, went to his local Department of Revenue office to file paperwork, and pay the necessary fees to apply for his conceal carry license. Griffin was told by Dept. of Revenue employees that they would have to scan some of his personal information. When he became disturbed by this and refused, he was denied the permit.
A lawsuit was filed on Monday, March 4 by Stoddard County Prosecuting Attorney Russ Oliver in order to stop the collection of this information. Oliver filed the suit as a private attorney on behalf of Eric Griffin. The lawsuit has also been backed by Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder.
The information being collected by the Dept. of Revenue is being sent on to a company out of Georgia called Morpho Trust U.S.A. The company specializes in partnerships with state and federal governmental agencies.
In light of this story, two huge questions come to mind. Is this the first back door attempt at gun registration? It has been well documented that if President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, NY City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and others on the left can have their way, a national gun ban would be their ultimate goal.
Closer to home, the question put forth by Tim Birdnow in a piece at American Thinker is, who gave the order for the Dept. of Revenue to begin collecting personal data on Missouri citizens applying for conceal carry permits? It seems unlikely that the head of the Dept. of Revenue would have implemented this policy on his own. Is it possible that it came from Governor Jay Nixon himself? There are several state statutes being violated in this case. So if the Governor is responsible, with a GOP super majority in both the Missouri House and Senate, he would almost certainly be impeached.
Still another chilling thought put forth by Birdnow, if this is being attempted in Missouri, where else is it happening? How many states, if any, have already complied?
The Missouri House is expected to begin investigating this incident, and others like it around the state this week.
Perhaps we will see if we have arrived at step 1.