As I stated in my last blog entry, Liberals love to condemn inanimate objects, organizations, corporations, large demographic groups of people and (very, very, very rarely) the government rather than individuals in placing blame for society's ills. I tangentially pointed out that law abiding citizens were likely to be blamed (especially if they are part of a large group) but lawbreakers are showered with excuses, mitigating circumstances and forgiveness.
It is a curious mindset that defies explanation. But it has been on full display this last two weeks courtesy of the lower Hudson Valley Journal News, a Gannett newspaper, and their dynamic web site, lohud.com. The Journal News decided to publish, on an interactive map, the names and addresses of all REGISTERED GUN OWNERS in their area.
It certainly didn't matter to the Journal News that, statistically, these are probably the most honest and law abiding citizens in their readership area. It didn't matter that these folks went out of their way to meticulously obey the law. These people were named and branded as public enemy number one!
Now, obviously, The Journal News couldn't list the names of the illegal and unregistered gun owners, because, well, these people are actually criminals. But,as near as I can tell, The News Journal, pretty much always ignores criminals.
I couldn't find, for example, a listing, interactive or otherwise, of registered sex offenders. As a parent and grandparent I'm a lot more interested in who is a sex offender in my neighborhood than who is a gun owner.
There is no list of parolees who have been released from prison, but are still paying the price for their crimes against the community.
There are no gang member listings or even locations of gang activity.
I couldn't find a list of under performing schools or teachers.
Any interactive list of deadbeat dads who fail to provide for their children was curiously missing, too.
This is all because Liberals blame the guns. It's easy, clean and simple. We never blame people.
As we build new gun control laws, you can bet they will only further restrict honest, law abiding, registered gun owners. They will do nothing to restrain criminals or reduce criminal gun violence.
Gun murders can be reduced or nearly eliminated. One major metropolitan area has actually done it! ZERO murders in 2012!!! And gun control laws had absolutely nothing to do with the solution. More on that in my next blog entry.