I recently discovered that although I passed the stringent federal requirements for purchasing a firearm, I am unable
to meet the even more stringent requirements for obtaining a library card. I am trusted not to blow somebody's brain
out, either accidentally or on purpose, but I apparently am not considered responsible enough to borrow books from
This is because I was unable to provide "proof" of "physical address." I actually have two local, physical addresses
and a post office box. Everything I had in my wallet shows the box as my address.
This was sufficient for the federal gun check one hour later, but not the library card. I had a copy of my passport, vehicle registrations, bar admission, credit cards, driver's license, original Social Security card, etc., but that
wasn't good enough for our library. I imagine they are trying to protect us from illegal terrorists without local
physical addresses from checking books out and (gasp) perhaps not returning them or (gasp again) taking them out of
the state or country!
Without making the obvious comment about how I could use the gun to obtain the library card, perhaps a better
alternative would be this: Library staff, you are invited to my physical address Tuesday at 3 p.m. for tea. Will that
be sufficient proof of physical address?
Well, in that I have no books to read, I guess I'll spend my spare time watching violent movies and polishing my
Sari Benmeir, Durango