Something of a surge of political bravado appears to be going on in the gun prohibition movement, not just in Washington with Ceasefire’s disarmament bus billboard campaign, but also in Wisconsin, where an anti-gun group wants access to the identifies of the state’s citizens who have concealed carry permits.
The Gun Mag.com is reporting that the Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort (WAVE) started pushing for a change in the Badger State’s carry law, which took effect only last Nov. 1. Currently, the law prohibits public access to the names of permit holders, of which there are now more than 83,000 out of some 97,000 applications.
WAVE spokesperson Jeri Bonavia told WEAU News in Eau Claire that
“When this law was being discussed we were promised that the people who would get these conceal carry permits would be the most law abiding people in the state. And we want to know whether or not that’s true.”
But Andrew Arulanandam, public affairs director for the National Rifle Association, fired back in an interview with the Associated Press:
“That’s the function of law enforcement. There’s no need for these people to have their privacy compromised. Anyone who makes any other argument is not being honest.”
Just who are these WAVE people, anyway? According to their own website, they’re apparently supported by the anti-gun Joyce Foundation. A check of their website does not reveal how many members they claim to have, most likely because it would be an embarrassingly small number compared to the number of gun owners, hunting license holders or even carry permit holders there are in the state.
After all, WAVE just might not wish to have the math done as this column has with Ceasefire, which claims “more than 5,000 members statewide” in Washington, where there are more than 353,000 active concealed pistol licenses, and by some estimates, more than 1 million gun owners.
If Bonavia is an example, they’re people who are interested in telling others how to live.
In Washington, Ceasefire encourages people to get firearms out of their homes with the much-discredited argument that people are “22 times more likely” to kill a family member or friend than they are an intruder. This column discussed that campaign.
In Wisconsin, gun prohibitionists make it pretty clear they want to tell the whole world who has a firearm for personal protection. It’s a type of harassment thinly masked by the public claim that “people have a right to know” who is carrying a firearm legally in their midst.
Actually, these people have no such right and the fact that they believe they do reveals more about their elitist mentality than they might wish. This is a private matter, and unless someone misbehaves with a firearm, it’s nobody’s business if they have a gun, how many guns they have, what kinds of guns they are and how and where they are stored. It most certainly is not the government’s business.
Back in the day, our grandparents called such people “busybodies.” What would you call them now? (Keep it clean if you comment below!)
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