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September 19, 2014

The 'conservative media' is cooking up a fairy tale, some say, regarding a new Obama policy that requires new gun permit applications to include racial profiling.

They contend that it simply isn't true; that the racial profiling provision has been there all along.

The objection may have merit when it complains that the provision isn't new. But the left is missing the core complaint; that racial profiling is a pointless part of the application process.

As white Americans encounter increased violent crime from non-whites, they have a vested interest in self protection. The profiling provision seems to serve no purpose other than identifying white gun owners so -- upon the whim of the government -- their weapons can be snatched away leaving them inadequately protected.

The fact that the profiling provision may have been there along is relative to nothing.

From the 'liberal media' we read:
Right-wing outlets are claiming that the Obama administration is using the standard form for federal gun background checks to engage in "racial profiling" and to find out "who has guns" because the form asks about race and ethnicity. But the form has asked for this information since at least 2001, and identifying information is destroyed within hours of a background check being processed.

People who buy firearms from licensed dealers are required to fill out the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives' Form 4473, which is processed by the FBI-administered National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). The form asks buyers for information such as name, height, weight, date of birth, and race and ethnicity.

In a September 16 article, Washington Times reporter Kelly Riddell wrote that a 2012 revision of Form 4473 meant that "[t]he Obama administration quietly has been forcing new gun buyers to declare their race and ethnicity, a policy change that critics say provides little law enforcement value while creating the risk of privacy intrusions and racial profiling." According to Riddell, the change was made by the ATF "[w]ith little fanfare."

But the previous version of Form 4473, issued in August 2008, also asked about race and ethnicity in question 10:

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