There is absolutely zero hyperbole in the title of this post. From an editorial in today’s Muncie paper about the bills that would close access to the handgun permit database comes the following excerpt, word for word:
A bill authored by Rep. Peggy Welch, a Democrat from the Brown County area, removes from public inspection information about people carrying gun permits.
This is not a good idea. This bill needs to be severely amended or allowed to die in committee.
Say, for example, you want to find out whether there are any convicted child molesters living in your neighborhood. You have young children, and like any good parent, you look up the information on available Web sites. Your research uncovers several living in your neighborhood. If you want to know whether they have permits to carry a gun, you can get that information. This bill, however, would prohibit that information from being made known.
I wish I was making this up, I really do. However, the Muncie paper apparently thinks that you and I as handgun carry permit holders are just as dangerous as sex offenders. However, it gets better, as the Muncie paper shows that they think the Indiana State Police is a racist organization:
It also will be nearly impossible to find out whether police or other members are denying permits to legitimate applicants, maybe because of race or names that might denote a Muslim background, for example.
It actually says that they think that ISP is denying permits to legitimate applications because of their race and religion. That’s pretty low, even for a paper.
You can contact the editors of the Muncie paper here. Their phone number is 1-800-783-2472. Please contact them and be courteous and polite while expressing you distaste for the comparison of law abiding gun owners to sex offenders.