“This year will go down in history. For the first time, a civilized nation has full gun registration. Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future!”
- Quote from Adolph Hitler in 1935 on The Weapons Act (Germany)
It's an interesting story out of Germany.....the nation is fairly close now to a national database of guns and gun owners.
To be honest, over the last fifty-odd years.....every community police station had a paper trail of gun ownership. If you went to the chief of police and asked him to list all the owners.....he could pull out a paper listing (usually cards), and that made everyone happy.
Well....we've come to a point where a digital database was the German goal. Sometime early in 2013, all of the six million privately held guns in Germany will be in a national database. From this, the 551 local 'counties' in Germany can now draw a serial number of person's name.
Is it actually an improvement? If you had a crime committed by someone with a certain type pistol....it might help start a nation-wide investigation. However, this listing only has the owners who admitted ownership. The guys who bought four guns from a mafia guy a decade ago? No.....his weapons won't be there. The guy who got a Russian hunting rifle last year from a private collector in Moscow? Well...no, his weapon probably won't be in the database.
How many illegal guns exist in Germany? No one is sure. I'd take a humble guess and state it's probably over one million. Some are guns left over from World War II and guys just stored them in their basement without ever saying anything.
I can understand the basis of wishing a database would help....but in this case....it's probably worthless.
The quote I put up? Yeah, it's from Hitler. The Nazi regime figured out early in the 1930s that private gun ownership could eventually be a problem. They didn't want anyone coming out in the evening hours and conducting a vendetta. So guns had to be controlled.
Some Germans will be proud over the event and say they are closer to a protective society. Frankly, if they lowered the speed limit on autobahns to 90 kph....they'd save a thousand lives a year, but they don't want to take that measure under consideration....so there are limits to just how many folks you'd like to save and how you do it.