I was under the impression the editor of my local newspaper was the only delusional and confused editor, but low and behold an opinion piece from Tricia Bishop of The Baltimore Sun published on January 7 may now win the prize. In case you are wondering who this person is here is her bio from TBS which reads:
Tricia Bishop, the deputy editorial page editor, was a reporter in the business and metro sections covering biotechnology, education and city and federal courts prior to joining the board.
As part of her duties, Ms. Bishop authors a column every other Friday for TBS and she somehow decided to lose her mind on January 7 in her piece entitled Do you know the gun owners in your circle? She starts innocently enough by saying she knows how to stay away from illegal gunfire by classifying black neighborhoods as being overtaken by “the game.” Here is her exact statement:
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.”
What an idiotic thing to say! Are you suggesting crimes never happen outside of black neighborhoods and by simply staying in a more affluent area you are immune? If that is the case I know a bridge for sale in Brooklyn and it has your name all over it as the next buyer. Crime can and does happen anywhere and everywhere. Once those in “the game” figure out where your safe haven is I expect it won’t be as safe anymore. Seems like a home where people are afraid of law-abiding gun owners would be ripe for a B&E, but that’s just my take on the situation.
Apparently when Ms. Bishop decided to empty her brain she just cannot stop the flood of stupidity. She continues with this bit of wisdom (emphasis added):
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.
Yes Tricia, you ARE equating law-abiding citizens with sex offenders. You want lists of each so you can do what exactly? All a sex offender list tells you is those who are trying to do the right thing, those who are not will not register or may not abide by the rules. Those are the ones you need to be worried about, not the guy who is on the list because more than likely he is on it as a means to abide by the law and eventually get off the list. The fact is the sex offender list is filled with criminals who are trying to do the right thing. A list of gun owners would be filled with law-abiding citizens who have done absolutely nothing wrong. These are not the people you need to be concerned about. What you should worry about is those who are criminals and are breaking the law or who intend on breaking the law. Those people will never appear on any list. Equating gun owners with pedophiles is disgusting and I hope as a result Ms. Bishop receives a reprimand, of course we all know she probably will get a raise for innovation in journalism.
Anyway, Trish goes on to say 33% of households have a gun, so look to your left young lady and look to your right and chances are if you don’t have one in your home one of the others does. A little later she finally gets to the heart of the matter, she is a scared person. She writes:
it’s the simple presence of the weapon in the home and the possibilities it presents that terrify me.
Personally I would hate to have to go through life scared of my shadow. Everyone knows the story of the old lady pulled over by the police and she told him she had some firearms in the car. After pulling out several the cop asks what she is afraid of and she replies NOTHING!
At the end of the article Bish (dunno what her nickname is, trying out several to cover the bases), starts talking about rights. Perhaps she should check out this neat document called The Bill of Rights which includes the first ten amendments of the United States Constitution. That pesky Second Amendment and “shall not be infringed” is why your registration scheme will fail. I’d suggest you sleep with one eye opened in the future, not for some ridiculous fear of law-abiding citizens, but because at any moment your proclaimed whitebread existence my be taken over by illegal activities. You choose to live in Baltimore and at some point you will probably have to pay the price for your proximity to illegal activities unless something is done about them like enforcing the law.
You can send Ms. Bishop a nice note via LinkedIn if you feel so inclined, you can tweet at her if you know how to use twitter, or you can use her bio page to drop her a nice note and let her know how you feel being equated with a sex offender just because you own a gun.