As you probably know Canada recently received another data point on the utility of gun registration. This well worded response sums it up well:
Well thought out goals and plans do not change with the intrusion of events by one deranged individual. He had two weapons and both, actually, were registered. I don’t know what you would put in place to prevent that from happening.
In slightly different circumstances and what is just barely below the surface in this example of failure is the response the anti-gun bigots are working toward. Gun registration actually does have some utility it’s just that in this particular instance the proponents were caught in a weak position and weren’t able to take advantage of it. What is needed to take advantage of the real goal of registration is a emergency or crisis, real or manufactured, at the national level. In that sort of situation the bigots make the claim there is only one solution–they have no option but to confiscate privately owned firearms. This, of course, has all too often enabled the Final Solution for other “problems” and must be vigorously resisted. It fails my Jews In the Attic Test.