Eric Boehlert: Gun owners might as well be sex offenders

As Twitchy reported, New York’s Journal News published an interactive map identifying registered handgun owners in Westchester and Rockland Counties. Gun rights advocates were furious, and many remarked that the editor who published the story was essentially treating gun owners like sex offenders.

The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple discussed that very issue with 73-year-old gun owner Veronica Hash:

“They’ve put me on the same level as a sex offender,” says the 73-year-old Hash. “If there are sex offenders, you’ve got to know where they are,” she adds, noting that the same rationale appears to have driven publication of information about the permit holders. As for her weapon, Hash notes that there are “all kinds of people wandering the streets. It just gives me a sense of security.” She maintains that she’s “fully instructed” in its use. “Please do not take the only thing that makes me feel relatively secure,” she says.

How humiliating. Legal, registered gun owners have not broken any law, yet they are demonized as if they were sex criminals. Nice to know that Media Matters’ Eric Boehlert is on board with that. Disgusting.




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  • Just Another Guy

    And that’s why firearm registration is such a bad thing…and the first step towards firearm confiscation.

    • Danny Wheeler

      Just remember the NRA’s famous saying: “You can have my gun when you pry it from my cold dead hands!”

    • BlueGood

      After 16 years, we in the Great White North finally Killed our Hunting Rifle Registry…brought in by WANKER LIEBRALS! after $ 2 BILLION dollars, NOT ONE SINGLE SOLITARY SOUL was saved as a result….We hunters & farmers were treated as child molestors….DON’T fall for the LIBRAL’S BULLSCHIT!

      Liebral = Serial Satanists…..

  • GTFOBigGovt

    There’s monkey business going on with that municipality’s FOIA officers. I know of several pet sitters across the country, denied access to any sort of compilation of DOG LICENSE owners supposedly for privacy purposes, even after filling out the FOIA.

    If you read the justification, they said “We felt it was important….”. Obviously it’s what the politicians who approved the request thought and nothing to do with the FOIA guidelines at all.

  • MaddMedic
  • Marcy Cook

    This is why we should all have illegal weapons.

    • TugboatPhil

      Bingo! All I want from my federal government is to be treated exactly the way they treat illegal immigrants and criminals. Being a taxpayer sucks.

    • kenai

      No, the weapons are legal, it’s the government laws/regulations that are illegal.

  • tredglx

    It’s coming: Feinstein is going to push legislation designed to be as onerous as possible on the legal firearms owner, and 0bama will sign it if passed:

    I miss my country.

    • pajamakat

      I miss my country too Tred. I say it every day and most time it brings tears to my eyes. The libs are winning.

  • Joe W.

    That’s why many folks have chosen not to register their guns.

    • Just Another Guy

      And some of us live in states that don’t require registration..

      What guns?

      • David Atherton

        I sold mine. Every last one. Gone. poof. What guns?

        • tredglx

          Tragically lost mine in a boating accident.

  • ★♥ Harriet Baldwin

    Now the criminals know where the guns are located. Swell. .

    • TugboatPhil

      However, they also know where the gun free neighborhoods are.

      • Zane Henry

        Leave it to the Liberals to turn any situation into a lose/lose.

  • $30423294

    Related question for state run media.

    Was Bill Clinton formally designated as a predator, or was the deal that he had to pay one of his victims $1 million and was disbarred?

    In any event, it kind of makes me giggle that a democrat journalist (snort!) thinks sex offenders are the bottom of the barrel of society.

  • Mernaise

    Licensed gun owners are one of the most law-abiding groups of people you could ever hope to find. They submit to that entire process, then have their background screened, all so they can be completely compliant when embracing the right that bears the most corresponding responsibility.

    To believe that they should be outed, and viewed in such a fashion, is shockingly ignorant.

  • Froi Vincenton

    Gun BAN and rising CRIMES in the Philippines…

  • maplebob23

    So, in order to get millions from Soros and a tax-exempt status one only has to be a complete idiot?

  • John (it true me am)

    Fun Fact: In the late 1800s Japan has a revolution that overthrew the Shogunate and returned the Imperial family to power. The first thing they did? Disarm the citizens so that no one could stand up against them in turn. The same government that then (re)convinced the new generation of Imperial divinity creating an army of fanatics that fought alongside the Nazis.
    1 of countless examples of historical tyranny starting with disarming the populace.

    • Gallatin

      But but but but there is no way that could happen here, the Federal Government of the United States is my friend, they care so much about me.

  • David Atherton

    Did anyone else notice the grammar in the tweets above? I didn’t see on “f-bomb”, most were complete sentences. I guess the right just puts too much emphasis on proper use of our language, even when we’re passionate. To me, it proves the left is less intelligent, uneducated, and just plain crude. They want to make people believe that we aren’t to be trusted with firearms , but they’re the ones who lose control of their faculties when upset.

  • TocksNedlog

    Media maggot.

  • $35072932

    Democrats Announce Plans to Go After Handguns

    Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) announced plans to outlaw 120 specifically-named firearms including certain semiautomatic rifles, handguns, and shotguns.
    Via Drudge:

    Feinstein’s bill will mandate that “grandfathered weapons be registered.”

    More… Did anyone else notice the good senator used the word “devises” when she meant “devices“? If she’s going to take away our guns is it too much to ask that she use the correct words?

  • Jeff Colegrove

    Perhaps if they wanted to make the community safer and more aware, next time they’ll FOIL request a list of persons convicted of felony assault or weapons possession charges. You know, the people who are actually a danger to the community.

  • BeeKaaay

    If they were sex offenders, leftwingwackos would be fighting for their civil rights. You know that anything that is pelvic, the leftwingwackos worship it.

  • JustLikeAnimals

    Someone should do a little local detective work and publish the names, addresses, and phone numbers of all of the newspaper’s employees with a statement that none of them have firearms.