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March 20, 2013 - Harry Eagar
I am not generally a big fan of Bloomberg News' editorials, but today there's a good one about keeping lists of gun owners.

Pinaciphobia is the fear of lists. Nut grafs:

"The NRA’s fear is ahistorical as well as irrational. American history is filled with gun regulations, including government surveys of gun ownership. During the Revolutionary era, writes UCLA constitutional law professor Adam Winkler, the founders not only required able men to arm themselves for military service, but also inspected their guns and listed the firearms on public rolls. New Hampshire and Rhode Island conducted door-to-door surveys of gun ownership.

"Later, as the nation expanded westward, frontier towns required newcomers to turn in their guns to the sheriff in exchange for a token, the way a 'restaurant today handles overcoats in winter,' Winkler writes. In other words, the authorities not only knew who had a gun -- they safeguarded it."


Article Comments



Mar-27-13 9:53 PM

What liberal media would that be? The one that went after Democrat Bill Clinton and left Republican George Bush alone?


Mar-27-13 5:50 PM

I was not speaking of you, but I am glad that you admit that you are bised in your jouralism. I was not being silly. To me registered gun owners are not at threat.You perceive them as a threat as I perceived the liberal media as a threat.


Mar-26-13 11:28 PM

You're being silly. Still, I've been in the phone book for over 50 years.


Mar-26-13 6:30 PM

I think biased journalists are more of a threat, should we make public their addresses?


Mar-23-13 3:29 AM

Because they are not a threat to anyone.


Mar-22-13 5:05 PM

Why don't we publish lists of people who do not own firearms?


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