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 A few months ago, some conservative senators felt the need to kill a popular, bipartisan proposal on firearm background checks bill (H.R. 1565), and relied primarily on a single talking point: the proposal might lead to a firearm database.

The very idea of some kind of national gun registry was so offensive to them, that the legislation had to die at the hands of a Republican filibuster. It didn’t matter that the bipartisan bill had no such database. It didn’t matter that the bipartisan bill explicitly made the creation of such a registry a felony.

I read this morning that a massive, secret database of gun owners exists after all. But it wasn’t built by the Justice Department or the Department of Homeland Security; it was compiled without gun owners’ consent by the National Rifle Association.

It is housed in the Virginia offices of the NRA itself.

That database has been built through years of acquiring gun permit registration lists from state and county offices, gathering names of new owners from the thousands of gun-safety classes taught by NRA-certified instructors and by building lists of attendees of gun shows, subscribers to gun magazine and more.

We have been told that creating a registry of gun owners represents some kind of threat to American norms and freedoms.

We were told that by the NRA, which has created a sophisticated registry of gun owners!

Now that we know this registry already exists, let’s call our congressmen and demand universal background checks! 90% of Americans support it and 82% of Kentuckians support it!

Tracey Goodlett

Lebanon Junction