Which has the authority in our system of government: The (current) will of the people, or the Constitution?<quoted text>
You are advancing on the concept that there is supposition of a crime when data is collected.
I think that is a shaky premise.
A robust system of roadblocks are in place to mitigate the danger you perceive. The first item is that in politics no parties advantage is eternal.
Second the will of the people is clear gun ownership is viewed as an asset and a right.. As long as the Gov't is being constantly questioned and looked at skeptically, I think we shall be able to respect the constitution and collect data for legitimate purpose.
Will the data ever be abused, probably, however the guardians os the second amendment are sure to alert us .
And if we deserve the freedom we enjoy, we will act, though never to everyones expectation
We have stumbled on the actual issue.
Of what purpose is the Constitution?
And, are we a constitutional republic?
We now have to answer these two questions to continue this discussion.