Thursday, July 27, 2006

Criminalizing the cops

The Times Union editorializes on the power of the gun lobby:
One proven way to reduce urban crime is to choke off the supply of guns on the street. And one sure way to do that is for police to track where the guns are coming from. For example, studies in New York have shown, again and again, that a major source of cheap Saturday night specials can be traced to Virginia. That information helps law enforcement target black market and rogue dealers.

Yet incredibly, a bill in the House could turn the tables on police officers everywhere by making it a federal crime for them to share information about firearms with one another. The proposed legislation is yet another indication of the power the gun lobby wields in Washington.

Read the rest of the editorial here, then write to your representative.