Apparently the editors don't read their own reporting. Let's examine statements and various positions taken by Mayor Ballard.
- During a media interview, Mayor Ballard has expressed admiration for New York City-style gun registration and suggested that it is a policy Indianapolis should look at.
- Mayor Ballard has zealously defended Indianapolis' gun return policy, which, as reported by the Indianapolis Star, is one of the most restrictive of any city in the Midwest. Here, even if the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department improperly seize a gun you legally possess in your own home, the City's policy is that the gun will not be returned until you undergo fingerprinting (fingerprinting is not a requirement under either Indiana or federal law to possess a gun in your own home) and the gun is submitted to ballistics testing.
- Mayor Ballard has taken the position that the City does not have to comply with the 2nd Amendment.
If Mayor Ballard were a strong supporter of gun rights, I would agree that the concern over Straub's appointment would be misplaced. However, Mayor Ballard has a long track record of hostility to the rights of legal gunowners. People who support the right to own and possess a gun have every reason to be concerned about this appointment.