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National ID Card

ArmedwithPrideArmedwithPride Member Posts: 8 ✭✭
I received this alert from GOA. I urge everyone to follow up on this before Big Brother starts tracking our every move and\or uses this to backdoor register our firearms. Sorry for the length, but all of the information is pertinent. (and infuriating!)
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Thursday, February 17, 2005

"The U.S. House of Representatives passed a national ID bill last
week that masqueraded as 'immigration reform.' ... In reality, the
bill is a Trojan horse. It pretends to offer desperately needed
border control in order to con a credulous Congress into sacrificing
more of our constitutionally protected liberty."
-- Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX)

Rep. Ron Paul got it right. H.R. 418 is not about immigration
control as much as it is about citizen control.

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 261-161 to send
H.R. 418, the so-called "REAL ID Act of 2005," over to the Senate.
The bill federalizes the issuance of drivers' licenses, an activity
which until recently has always been a state function. Because no
American will be able to fly, take a train or buy a gun from a dealer
without a driver's license that meets the federal standards in the
bill, H.R. 418 has effectively created a National ID card.

The bill's future in the Senate is uncertain at this time, although
Rep. Paul's office has told Gun Owners of America that House leaders
are contemplating whether to attach H.R. 418 as an amendment to the
tsunami relief bill.

Lambasting the bill on the floor of the House last week, Rep. Paul
noted that the legislation gives authority to the Secretary of
Homeland Security to expand the required information that goes into
drivers' licenses, including "such biometric information as retina
scans, fingerprints, DNA information, and even Radio Frequency
Identification (RFID) radio tracking technology."

Should this happen, it would mean that the federal government "would
know where Americans are at all times of the day and night," Paul
said.

Moreover, H.R. 418 requires the U.S. government to share our personal
information with Canada and Mexico. Paul was flabbergasted. "There
are no limits on what happens to the database of sensitive
information on Americans once it leaves the United States for Canada
and Mexico -- or perhaps other countries," he said. Paul wondered if
crooked Mexican officials would soon be able to sell thousands of
identity files, including our Social Security numbers, to alien
criminals.

Rep. Paul also informed his House colleagues about the dangers this
bill poses to gun owners, noting that H.R. 418 contains no
prohibitions against including "a person's appearance on a registry
of firearms owners" in the National ID card.

"H.R. 418 does what legislation restricting firearm ownership
does,"
Paul said. "It punishes law-abiding citizens. Criminals will ignore
it.

"H.R. 418 offers us a false sense of greater security at the cost of
taking a gigantic step toward making America a police state."

If the President and Congress were serious about cracking down on
alien terrorists, they would (for starters) get serious about
securing our border. But while Congress funded an additional 2,000
border guards last year, the administration has stated it will only
seek to add 210 new guards.

And while Congress has enacted armed pilots legislation to combat the
threat of terrorist hijackers, the administration has fought this
proposal every step of the way. As it stands today, there are many
pilots who simply refuse to jump over all the hurdles that the
administration has erected for those pilots who want to carry
firearms in the cockpit.

"It seems disingenuous," said GOA Executive Director Larry Pratt,
"for our elected officials in Washington to claim they are interested
in stopping illegal immigrants from operating in our country, when
they have refused to perform the most basic tasks to effectively
secure our border."

ACTION: Please contact your Representative to either thank him for
opposing H.R. 418 or to take him to task for supporting it. The GOA
Legislative Action Center -- at http://www.gunowners.org/activism.htm
-- will help you to automatically send the correct message to your
legislator. (You can read the two different pre-written letters
below.)

To view the entire Roll Call vote last week on H.R. 418, see
http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2005/roll031.xml on the web.

And, the entirety of Rep. Ron Paul's floor speech in opposition to
H.R. 418 can be read at http://www.gunowners.org/op0506.htm on the
GOA website.
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