The notion that a new public safety director from the East Coast has come here to disarm law-abiding Indianapolis residents certainly comes as news to Mayor Greg Ballard, who appointed him.
The same reaction would appear to characterize the City-County Council, which is scheduled to vote Feb. 1 on whether to confirm Frank Straub.
In typical fashion, the opponents of gun control have warped this situation beyond recognition. In an attempt to appease the gun folks, Straub clarified his earlier statement that there are too many guns in Indiana.
Straub has since offered clarification, saying he begrudges only criminals with illegal weapons and has no quarrel with law-abiding people owning all the guns they can legally procure.
"No quarrel with law-abiding people," I hope they heard that on the City Council because Indianapolis desperately needs help, the entire state of Indiana does.
As Straub's predecessor, Scott Newman, has pointed out, Indiana's lack of limits on the number of guns that can be legally bought at one time has made the state a prime source for illicit resale by "straw purchasers." Bad guys come here from other states to load up.
Loose laws are trouble enough. Lax enforcement makes matters worse. An investigation by The Star last fall turned up hundreds of cases in which State Police approved handgun permits for persons whose records of violence disqualified them under the law.
I keep hearing all that's wrong with the one-gun-a-month rule, but isn't the prospect of someone with a straw buyer in Indiana coming over to load up the trunk of the car worse? I say yes. What's your opinion?
And don't you think it's about time some improvements were made in the issuing of gun permits. The argument I keep hearing is that the number of incidents is nothing compared to the total number of permits. One reason I find that to be misleading is that only the worst incidents make the news or the statistics. You'd have to somehow include all the less grave offenses in order to have a proper percentage. But, even so, claiming the percentage is so low we shouldn't worry about it is a mistake when we could easily improve the situation.
What's your opinion? Please leave a comment.