I was reading and snickering, as I do, because I am evil and I suck etc. etc. etc., at Say Uncle’s post about gun owners wanting a right to privacy when two things occured to me. One–I don’t have a gun. As easy as it was for folks to map all the Prop 8 donors, it would be just that easy for them to map all the gun owners in Tennessee. At first, this seems fine. What do I care? I don’t have a gun.
BUT, I don’t have a gun. If all the gun owners’ houses are mapped, by process of elimination, all the non-gun owners’ houses are mapped. Is now a good time to remind people that I have a dog, who eats babies just for fun? Who can take down a 200 pound man just by looking at him?
I actually don’t think that I want people to easily find out that my house is unarmed.
But, two is a bigger issue, I think. If, in order to get a gun permit you have to reveal things like whether you have had any kind of psychiactric problems or drug or alcohol addiction. Okay, fine. But can the government turn around and release that information to the general public? Isn’t that a HIPAA violation? In other states, I could see that it might not be, but the state of Tennessee is a healthcare provider through TennCare and, as a healthcare provider, they have to keep a person’s medical records private. So, even if it’s legal to release the names of people who have guns, how are they able to release what clearly seems to be medical information?