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Via The Intercept:
“YOUR NAME, YOUR ADDRESS, your guns — in a big government computer,” the narrator of Montana Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte’s TV ad says as a computer screen shows an imaginary “national gun registry.” Then Gianforte, declaring his support for the Second Amendment, raises a rifle and shoots the computer screen to bits.
The ad is the latest in a long tradition of candidates shooting objects in campaign commercials.
Gianforte, who will face Democrat Rob Quist in a May 25 special election for the Montana at-large congressional seat, claims Quist supports such a registry. Quist did at one point float the idea of creating a registry for assault rifles. But he literally fired back at Gianforte’s claim, airing his own ad in which he shoots a TV showing Gianforte’s ad with his own rifle.
But ironically, Gianforte, whose assets are estimated to be worth up to $315 million, earned his vast fortune by selling his cloud computing company RightNow Technologies to Oracle for $1.8 billion in 2012.
Oracle, a company named after the Central Intelligence Agency project codename that birthed the firm in 1977, has extensive government contracts to provide database systems for a range of expansive law enforcement and surveillance-related government agencies, including the National Security Agency; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and the Department of Homeland Security.
And Oracle services have been proposed to develop database services for the implementation of California’s AB 857, one of the newest state gun registry laws in the nation. The bill, signed in July 2016 by Gov. Jerry Brown, provides new regulations on homemade firearms, including a mandate that homemade guns must be registered with the state.
The California Department of Justice’s Bureau of Firearms fiscal year budget request listed Oracle as a contractor to develop a system to catalogue and store unique firearm serial numbers for the new law. The program will be used to to register approximately 75,000 firearms within its first year. The request lists Oracle cluster servers and software to be used for the gun registry.
Gianforte’s campaign did not respond to a request for comment.
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