If an online shaming hit-list is okay for ex-sex offenders, then it should be done for all other ex-felons.
By JAKE WHITTENBERG
Will treating gun violators as sex offenders reduce gun violence?
- If you ignore the facts and think the same way you have with ex-sex offenders, then yes.
Washington state Rep. Mike Hope, R-Lake Stevens, is introducing a bill that would take a similar stance.
The bill would require felony gun violators to register into a statewide database twice per year and allow police to perform random house checks.
“One thing we are not addressing is going after the offender. That’s what this bill does,” Hope said.
Hope, who is also a Seattle Police officer, said reducing felons from committing repeat offenses would make a serious dent in gun violence. Also, he says it would be a tool for law enforcement to more easily perform background checks on the street.
- What? Of course reducing people from committing offenses will reduce violence, that doesn't take brains to see that, but this man seems to think that putting them on a registry will magically make ex-felons obey the laws. You folks need to stop living on Fantasy Island!
The bill is getting bipartisan support.
“We have the opportunity to be the first state in the country to pass this legislation,” Hope said. “It’s worked in Baltimore. It’s worked in New York City and it’s worked in Washington. D.C.”
- This man makes no sense. One statement says they would be the first state in the country, but then he says it worked in other states, so his first statement is false! Also, other states have proposed a gun offender registry, and some states already have one, see here.
Eight house bills have been introduced relating to gun violence in Washington state. Most recently, House Bill 1588, which would require background checks on all gun sales with no exceptions.