More headlines like these to follow if Ohio Newspaper Assoc. gets its way

April 3, 2004
Toledo Blade

Jerusalem Township gun thefts prompt request for information

The Lucas County Sheriff's Department is looking for tips on a burglary at a Jerusalem Township residence in which 15 firearms were taken.

The burglars forced their way into the house in the 1200 block of Lyon Road between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. March 22. The guns, worth more than $4,700, were taken from the hallway and breezeway. Deputies said the homeowner is an avid hunter.

The weapons taken included bolt-action and semiautomatic rifles and pump shotguns. The majority were Brownings or Remingtons.

Anyone with information on the crime or the location of the firearms is asked to call the sheriff's department at 419-213-4917 or the Crime Stopper program at 419-255-1111.

These burglars obviously knew exactly what residence to burglarize to find what they were looking for. They did their homework. This was not random.

So why does the Ohio Newspaper Association insist on policy which will result in MORE stolen guns on the streets of our state?

Why does Ohio Attorney General Jim Petro say it's "a stretch" to believe that criminals would use public lists of concealed handgun license holders as a shopping list?

If Ohio's anti-gun newspapers follow-through on their plan to treat law-abiding citizens like sex-offenders by publishing their names, Ohioans can expect to see many more headlines like this in those very same papers.

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