Newspaper Editor Wants Law Abiding Gun Owners TREATED LIKE SEX OFFENDERS
Tricia Bishop is the editor of the editorial page at the Baltimore Sun. In a new column, she argues that gun owners should be put into a registry database that can be accessed by the public. In other words, like sex offenders.
That’s not an exaggeration, those are her actual words:
Do you know the gun owners in your circle?
I’m less afraid of the criminals wielding guns in Baltimore, I declared as we discussed the issue, than I am by those permitted gun owners. I know how to stay out of the line of Baltimore’s illegal gunfire; I have the luxury of being white and middle class in a largely segregated city that reserves most of its shootings for poor, black neighborhoods overtaken by “the game.” The closest I typically get to the action is feeling the chest-thumping vibrations of the Foxtrot police helicopter flying overhead in pursuit of someone who might be a few streets over, but might as well be a world away. But I don’t know where the legal gun owners are or how to ensure that their children, no matter how well versed in respecting firearms, won’t one day introduce that weapon to my daughter.
And so, as President Barack Obama announced plans this week to tighten background checks for gun buyers and increase gun tracking and research, I thought, that’s all well and good, but how about adding something immediately useful: a gun owner registry available to the public online — something like those for sex offenders. I’m not equating gun owners with predatory perverts, but the model is helpful here; I want a searchable database I can consult to find out whether my kid can have a play date at your house.
She compares gun owners to sex offenders and then says she’s not comparing gun owners to sex offenders.
Leftist double-speak at its best.