Baltimore Sun “reporter” Tricia Bishop, on her way to admitting she worries less about criminals than law-abiding gun owners (in Baltimore. I’ll let that bit of knot-headedness sink in), says:
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.
Ms. Bishop: First, how about we have a database of people who don’t like guns. I mean, you’re the ones trying to shave away at the edges of a constitutional right – isn’t the burden of, well, being burdened, on you?
Why not let’s try this: we put in in a public database that says:
I, TRICIA BISHOP, AM UNARMED AS A MATTER OF PRINCIPLE!
And maybe post one of these in your yard:
You do that for a couple years, we can talk.