Thursday, January 31, 2013

WA - Bill would register gun violators, similar to sex offenders

Original Article

If an online shaming hit-list is okay for ex-sex offenders, then it should be done for all other ex-felons.

01/31/2013

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.

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1 comment :

Loneranger said...

So will the neighbors be notified? I want to know who has a history of gun violence. For that mater anyone that might harm me. I think I will feel safer at night knowing. Or maybe not OMG half the neighbors either are not allowed to have guns and might or can and do. How do I know they really can be trusted? Oh the fear oh the terror oh how much more crap can they peddle? Well the sex offender registration was such a success this should be also. We can have the cops stop by a couple times a year every year forever to search to see if they have a gun. They have to visit with the police and report their address and that they don't have a gun. OMG what a waist of time. Hey if a person is a felon they can not own a gun. If they do then it's ten years in jail if caught. So given the fact that no felon can own a gun all felons need to register twice a year and have their homes searched just as often. Sure why not.