Editorial: Transparency benefits everyone

Published: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 11:54 AM.

As we have written many times on this page, secrecy breeds mistrust and leads to speculation which too often is off-base and far worse that reality. Openness fosters trust and dissemination of the truth, leading to better understanding so that government and citizens are more apt to work in partnership for the good of a community, a state or a nation.

As we mark Sunshine Week this year, there’s a dangerous assault on transparency and your right to know about your government.

In the North Carolina legislature, as in legislatures across America, lawmakers are attempting to draw the curtain on your access to gun permit records.

Doing so would be a horrible mistake. It would mean that government – law enforcement, for example – would gather information about citizens and keep it secret.

Why should you care?

Suppose you have a bad relationship with a hot-headed neighbor. Before you walk next door to approach him about a problem, would you want to know whether he owns a gun?

If your child goes to play at a friend’s house, would you want to know whether someone in that house has a permit to own a gun?



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