There is now a Connecticut lawmaker fussing that the names and addresses of all Connecticut residents who hold gun permits should be public record and published "so that people can know where the guns are."
I'm going to ignore many, many of the things that enrage me about this, and focus on the most egregious stupidity. That would be the idea that permit holder = gun owner.
Really? Having a license for something automatically confers ownership? If that's the case, there's a lot of newly minted sixteen year olds with brandy-spanky new driver's licenses who are queuing up for that car that *they* own their very own selves.
THINK people. Do a little research. That card in my wallet means that I 1.) I took a safety course; 2) I filled out a fairly extensive application; 3) I solicited three character references; 4) I went to the police department and politely requested that they take my fingerprints and send them off to the FBI for an extensive background check; 5) I gave all that paperwork and a fair amount of money to them for the privilege; 6) when the town permit came back, I went through the entire thing AGAIN with the state; 7) every few years I trot myself to the Department of Public Safety for a renewal and a new picture - it's like renewing your driver's license, only there's basically only one place in the entire state to get it done, and the hours are much more restrictive than DMV. That is ALL that it means. It says nothing about the ownership or lack thereof of firearms. It says nothing about how often I shoot. It DOES say something about my character, because - for pity's sake, I had to submit three credible character references and ask the FBI to check me out.
Firearms are EXPENSIVE. So is brass. I would love to do more target shooting, but you know what? I can't afford it. The weapon, the range fees, the brass - there's a reason that I only get to go every few years. So the idea that because I went and got my permit means that I have a house full of firearms endangering the public is patently ludicrous. There are lots of people in Connecticut who hold Commercial Driver's Licenses. Shall we assume that they all own tractor trailers?
As for the statement that "if someone's child is going over to someone else's house, they should be able to know if there is a gun in that house," (okay, I guess I AM going there...) - by that logic, before I let my daughter go to your house, I want a list of every prescription medication that everyone in that house is taking, as well as a list of all of the OTC medications that you keep. After all, prescription drug abuse is skyrocketing among teens, and they're getting most of it from their parents' medicine cabinets. While we're at it, let's publish the names and addresses of everyone on a psychotropic medication so that we know where the people who might have "issues" are. It's for the children, after all.
Personally, I'm more afraid of the maniacs and lunatics than the gun owners. Jessica Short was killed on a crowded street in Middletown during a street fair - by a lunatic with a knife.
I know that I'm asking a lot here, but is it too much to ask people to THINK before they open their mouths? Times like this I wish I drank.