Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Just Like Sex Offenders?

The good ol' [Red] Star picks the letters it publishes with exceeding great care; with online responses to their various and bigoted anti-gun, anti-gunowner editorials running about six pro-gun to one anti, what showed up in the print edition was solidly against freedom....and entirely unconnected to reality; in part, the writer frets:
If the law is changed to no longer allow access to these records [...] what other open records will also be challenged? Probably several, including the sex offender public records.

Yeah, 'cos a person who voluntarily got fingerprinted, filled out a seriously nosy form (it is a felony to give inaccurate info therein) and passed a State Police background check is just like a convicted sex-criminal, hey?

No. Let's review: sex-offenders have committed a crime. Handgun carry-permit holders have not. While there may be some question about the degree of offense and suitability of the punishment for some sex criminals (drunk guy caught tinkling in an alley, etc.), it is in no wise the same sort of thing as the legitimate exercise of a genuine -- if severly circumscribed -- civil right.

How would this play out if you had to get State approval to practice your religion in public? (Let us not ignore the violent potential of religions; in Europe alone, from the Reconquista to the Reformation, the toll is appalling). Would the same writer be fretting about how protecting the privacy of Lutherans, Jews and Unitarians would lead to challenges against a public record of sex offenders?

Your baseless fears do not trump my inalienable rights.

Update: Ever notice how there's a lot of overlap between the crowd who wants carry-permit records open to any mook who can afford the copy fees, the gang that wants "Lost and Stolen" laws that criminalize gun owners who don't report gun-thefts promptly and the ijits who use stolen gun stats as an argument for more gun control? Yeah, that's how it works -- enable the crime, punish the victim, use the crime to argue for tighter control; lather, rinse repeat.


Fuzzy Curmudgeon said...

Indy would be a great town for someone to start a newspaper in.

I keep saying that but nobody seems to want to challenge Gannett's monopoly.

Fuzzy Curmudgeon said...

I do sometimes wish the Framers had made that first clause go something more like, "The ability to defend one's person, family, and property, being necessary to the maintenance and support of a free State,..."

Drang said...

I wold say that the overlap of which you speak is such that you couldn't get a proper Venn diagram out of it, the result being one circle.

SpeakerTweaker said...


I get you. I'm occasionally inclined to the same opinion. Problem is, the Framers were specifically building the Reset Button. I'm guessing they figured that defense from criminals was so obvious it didn't warrant mention? Wonder what they'd say now...


Andrew C said...

I don't think sex offender records should be public either. Given our judicial system, many of the people on the list aren't a threat to society, and most of the people who ARE a threat to society aren't on the list!

Of course I wouldn't want my (hypothetical) kid around a pedophile, but I need to evaluate each person they'll be alone with independent of the existence of the list.

I am completely with you on the handgun carry list - the government doesn't need that list either way, public OR private.

Jenny said...

Newspaper.... newspaper.... oh! right! Those places where a bunch of self-styled schmot folks pick out stories to fit the narrative they think we need to hear, then print on dead trees and pay poor folks pennies to cart it all over town.

.... people still read those?

Steve said...

Jenny -

Of course people still read those!

Reading is what happens incidentally as they are lining the bird cage or wrapping the dead fish.