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Profiling Wrong, Unless You’re Profiling Gun Owners

One should not judge all people by the actions of a few.


May 25th, 2013

Examiner.com | Dave Workman

Seattle Times readers are in something of a huff about a story running Saturday about a federal judge’s ruling that Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his Maricopa County deputies have been profiling Latinos “at the expense of fighting crime.”

The gist of comments in reaction to this ruling is that profiling is wrong.

Too bad that doesn’t apply to gun owners. An interesting observation is floating around cyberspace these days about the liberal hypocrisy of profiling. It reads, “We are told not to judge all Muslims by the actions of a few crazies, but we are told to judge all gun owners by the actions of a few crazies.”

Admittedly, there is more than a grain of truth to that comment. We shouldn't make such judgments, but when it comes to gun ownership, the government has an official position.

A young man named Adam Lanza, who was evidently mentally disturbed, opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., and in response gun prohibitionists pushed to ban a whole class of firearms, register those already in private hands, and ultimately build a database of all of the owners. It was the same reaction after the “Batman massacre” at an Aurora, Colo., theater last July.

Those incidents have allowed gun prohibitionists to demonize every citizen who owns an AR-15 type rifle and standard capacity magazine. By extension, anti-gunners demonize all gun owners, including the millions of citizens who have concealed carry licenses and permits, the least likely of all citizens to misuse firearms.

In so-called “sanctuary cities” police aren’t allowed to check immigration and citizenship status of certain individuals. However, when a law-abiding citizen wants to purchase a firearm, and get a license to carry that gun concealed for personal protection, one must submit to a background check; a process that — if it had to do with anything other than the exercise of a civil right protected by the Second Amendment — would be considered an outrage.

True, one should not judge all people by the actions of a few, no matter their religious or ethnic background. If Arpaio and his agency are guilty of profiling as Judge Murray Snow of U.S. District Court in Phoenix says in his 142-page ruling, that's wrong.

The same standard should apply to all gun owners and would-be gun owners. Yet, while liberal politicians give lip service to the Second Amendment rights of those citizens, they remain adamant that their guns should be considered contraband and that they must get permission from the government — via a rigorous background check — to exercise the rights affirmed and protected by the Second Amendment.

Go figure.