VinTek and DH, we'll have to agree to disagree about whether registration could be a stepping-stone to confiscation. But one thing I missed is whether either of you are in favor of federal/universal registration of firearms, and if so, what you think it would accomplish.
I am not in favor of national, state, or local registration of guns because I don't think it will do any good.
At the same time, I am not afraid of it either. I own a couple of guns. I would not be worried that registering them would be a prelude to anything.
Like I said, I probably lean pretty far to the right on this. But this line of argument that has come up lately suggesting that we need guns to protect us from a tyrannical government is concerning to me. Nothing has happened to suggest that the US government is tyrannical. Bush was many things but not a tyrant. Barack is many things but not a tyrant. The entire reason we have this political stalemate in Washington is because no group has enough power to get their way. That's a good thing and almost as opposite to tyranny as you can get. So when I hear people talk about tyranny from our government it makes me think they are ignorant and paranoid and that undermines any other arguments they might make.
But, let's say our government was behaving tyrannically. That still would not, in my opinion, be a reason that people should own guns. We cherish our democratic system. In a democracy the way to correct problems is through the ballot box. The way to challenge laws you don't agree with is through the courts, not by shooting at the "government agents" who come to enforce them.
Quite frankly, tyrants are the people who believe otherwise and convince enough idiots to go along with them that they rise to positions of power. Hitler, Castro, Chavez, Pol Pot, Mussolini, and all the others tyrants you can probably name all came to power by convincing the populous that they were being wronged, usually by some other group. I hear the same kind of rhetoric being slung about by certain groups in this country (you need to own guns because the liberals are oppressing you by giving health care to everyone...). And it concerns me how many people are convinced by it!