Baltimore Sun Editor: Treat Gun Owners Like Sex Offenders

Baltimore Sun Editor: Treat Gun Owners Like Sex Offenders

Baltimore Sun Editor: Treat Gun Owners Like Sex Offenders

Self-segregated elitist mother and Baltimore Sun deputy editor Tricia Bishop has concocted quite the scheme: she thinks there is a need to create a searchable database of gun owners. You know, just like sex offenders!

Bishop writes:

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.

The idea that gun-owning parents are a somehow such deviant people that elitist white suburban moms need to defend against them like convicted child predator is steeped in ignorance. As a legal fact, gun owners—with concealed carriers leading the way—are the most law-abiding group in society. Maybe we should instead have a directory of smug progressive busybodies who can’t or won’t pass the background checks needed to obtain a concealed carry permit?

 

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