Aloha means hello, it also means goodbye, as in those in Hawaii can say “aloha” (goodbye) to their Second Amendment rights.
See, as most states are moving in the direction of relaxing firearms restrictions to ensure that citizens can more easily exercise their Second Amendment rights, Hawaii is going against the grain, making moves to out-and-out dismantle one’s right to keep and bear arms.
This past week, for example, Gov. David Ige signed SB 2954 (ACT 108) into law, which instructs law enforcement agencies to begin enrolling firearms applicants and gun owners registering their firearms into the FBI’s “Rap Back” system, a criminal-record monitoring service.
Yes, it’s exactly what you’re thinking. A registration scheme for law-abiding gun owners.
The system will notify law enforcement when a registered gun owner is arrested for a criminal offense anywhere in the country. Once that notification has been sent, Hawaiian authorities can then make a determination on whether to confiscate the individual’s firearms.
“This is about our community’s safety and responsible gun ownership. This system will better enable our law enforcement agencies to ensure the security of all Hawai‘i residents and visitors to our islands,” said Gov. David Ige in a press release.
“This bill has undergone a rigorous legal review process by our Attorney General’s office and we have determined that it is our responsibility to approve this measure for the sake of our children and families,” Ige continued.
While this move is troubling in its own right, when coupled with the other two gun control bills the governor signed it becomes all the more sinister. Gov. Ige also enacted HB 625 (ACT 109) and HB 2632 (ACT 110). Both bills lower the bar by which someone is prohibited from owning a firearm.
HB 625 specifies that harassment by stalking and sexual assault will now lead to the denial of one’s right to keep and bear arms. And HB 2632, requires one to surrender their guns to police for the following reasons: Diagnosis of significant behavioral, emotional, or mental disorder, or emergency or involuntary hospitalization to a psychiatric facility.
HB 2632 also gives police the authority to confiscate firearms from those gun owners who fail to turn them in after receiving a written notice.
You see what’s going on here? Right? As it’s been said by thousands and thousands of wary gun owners, registration leads to confiscation. By both simultaneously creating a universal registration system and broadening the scope by which one is subject to losing one’s rights, Hawaii is creating an environment where gun owners will increasingly find themselves in the crosshairs of the state’s civilian disarmament campaign.
Outsiders confused by the gun community’s fervent skepticism to background check laws and registration laws should look no further than these Hawaiian gun laws for an explanation on why our opposition is so emphatic.
“This is a perfect example of why the gun rights movement has always opposed registration and licensing of gun owners,” said Alan Gottlieb, the founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, in an email to GunsAmerica. “The abuse of this data collection is a given. Now you are in a ‘watch list’ simply for exercising a constitutional right.”
Undoubtedly, the Hawaiian model is going to be touted by various gun-control advocacy groups as “common sense” and “reasonable.” But placing law-abiding gun owners in a criminal watchlist as if they are somehow a looming threat to public safety or the security of the free state is not only idiotic and unreasonable, it inherently contradicts why one’s right to keep and bear arms was enshrined in the Constitution.
We, the armed citizens of this country, are existentially imperiled not by each other, rather, it is an overreaching, undemocratic and maleficent government that ultimately threatens our safety, our freedoms, and our livelihood. Yes, I know, trying to convince people that government is the real problem has never been more difficult than it is today, in an age when so many people have become dependent on Uncle Sugar to feed them, educate them, protect them, etc. But it’s the government that we ought to fear and monitor closely — not each other.
For the most part, Hawaiian residents won’t really raise a stink about the new laws until, of course, they become unfairly targeted by the government due to a “glitch” in the system. That’s how it works. No one cares until it happens to them. But by that point, it’ll be too late. The watchlist system will have gotten too big, too powerful, too omnipresent to be undone. The government will have all the information it needs to continue its surveillance. There will be no going back. No hitting the reset button. In this sense, there’s really nothing left to say but, aloha!