The answer is almost assuredly yes.
The NRA is making the news by joining the ACLU in a lawsuit that challenges a government phone-tracking program, a program that collects the phone records of American citizens.
The brief argues that the National Security Agency’s phone records collection program could “allow identification of NRA members, supporters, potential members, and other persons with whom the NRA communicates, potentially chilling their willingness to communicate with the NRA.”
The NRA argues in the brief that it would be “absurd” to think that Congress would take steps to prevent the creation of a national gun registry while simultaneously allowing the NSA to gather records that “could effectively create just such a registry.”
“If programs like those currently justified by the governmentâ€™s interpretation are allowed to continue and grow unchecked, they could alsoâ€”contrary to clear congressional intentâ€”undo decades of legal protection for the privacy of Americans in general, and of gun owners in particular,” the brief states.
It will be interesting to see where this goes, but let’s be honest here for a minute. Do you really think that the government, with all of their spying, the gigantic databases of information with everything from credit card purchase history to phone records and emails to search and browser history, do you really think they can’t or haven’t already created a “list” of people who own guns?
Maybe the list has some false positives, and maybe they don’t know exactly how many guns you have, the make and model, etc, but come on people. If you don’t think the government knows that you’re a gun owner, you’re only fooling yourself.
Whether or not the government knows I belong to the NRA is the least of my concerns.