My argument is based on the 2nd amendment and the rational application of the right enumerated therein.
See, if it were based on the second amendment you'd know that you really don't have the right to privacy in your gun ownership.
You have exactly as much privacy with regard to gun ownership as you do with regard to any other form of ownership. I've made this point several times now, but you've chosen to ignore it.
Go ahead, in the thirty words of that amendment show me where it says anything about privacy. Can't do it, can you? It's not there.
Go ahead and do the same with the 1st amendment. Can't do it, can you? Broad principles of privacy as they apply to our lives exist primarily in the fourth, ninth, and fourteenth amendments, but apply to other rights. The reason for those other amendments is because of a recognition that the inability to engage in otherwise lawful behavior in private will tend to infringe on the right of the individual to engage in such behavior.
In fact, the whole right to total privacy thing is kind of an urban myth. My knowing my neighbor has a gun doesn't infringe on his life, liberty, property, speech, religion, and it isn't illegal search and seizure.
If the government habitually tracks certain types of behavior and publishes it, the very selection of what behaviors are tracked will act as a deterrent to the behavior and thus an infringement of the right to engage in it. This is a fairly well established aspect of our rights, backed up by numerous court cases. Making an exception for gun ownership would be extremely odd, to say the least, given that it's an enumerated right, while other firmly protected rights in landmark cases (like sexual activity, contraceptive use, medical procedures, etc) are not. You have no more "right" to have your government tell you whether your neighbor owns guns than you do for you government to tell you whether they are ***, have a subscription to Playboy, have had breast implants, or own a copy of the Catcher in the Rye.
If you think otherwise, then why? Edited, Feb 25th 2013 2:33pm by gbaji