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GUNS: Issue creates opening for national ID

Letter by Robert Humphries, Puyallup on April 15, 2013 at 11:16 am | No Comments »
April 15, 2013 11:50 am

Liberals’ call for background checks to purchase a gun is understandable, and even the NRA and conservative interpretations of the Second Amendment should bend a bit on this. Moreover background checks offer an ideal opportunity to compromise for the good of all Americans, particularly if background checks are done to institute a national ID card system.

Such an ID card could also serve as a combined Social Security card and draft card (for both males and females), and the basis to obtain an adult drivers license (each state could still manage its own specific administrative differences for minors).

This ID card could serve as basic requirement to register to vote. Security lines at airports could be expedited as well as Canadian and Mexican border crossings, and it would streamline the process of obtaining a passport.

Undocumented immigrants? They wouldn’t have one. A routine traffic stop would be treated the same as driving with no drivers license at all (with the exception that immigration authorities immediately would become involved – and no civil rights are violated). This card would be updated (via barcode) to reflect felony convictions or even child support violations, as well as any negative information gun control advocates see necessary.

A national ID card offers some workable compromises between some entrenched red state/blue state positions on gun control, immigration and voter registration – and could streamline many other areas such as drivers licenses, passports and airport security lines.

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