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…