Gun owners outed by newspaper

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by satellite66, Feb 16, 2009.

  1. satellite66

    satellite66 New Member

    Oct 6, 2004
    Central NJ
    Neal Boortz
    @ February 16, 2009 9:02 AM

    Things are getting heated in Memphis, Tennessee where a newspaper decided it would be a good idea to publish all the names and information of gun owners in the state. The Commercial Appeal's Web site now lists all those in Tennessee who have a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

    The outcry from the public has been so huge, that the paper felt the need to defend its decision. I thought that you might enjoy a few of the reasons why the paper supports the need to know who in your neighborhood is a handgun owner:

    * A mom might now check the list to see if the parents at her kid's sleep-over next door had a concealed weapon permit. If so, maybe it would be worth talking to them to make sure the gun is locked up.
    * A school official, concerned about whether teachers were bringing guns onto school grounds, might check the list to see whether anyone on the staff has a permit to carry, and then have a discussion about it.
    * Business people who sell goods and services that might be of interest to those who carry concealed weapons might use the list to generate new leads.
    * But there is one overriding, enduring reason the permit-to-carry list needs to be public. Once a concealed weapon is pulled out at a shopping center, a hospital or a business, what happens next with that gun becomes a matter of public concern to everyone.

    Hey ... I have an idea here. Why doesn't this same newspaper publish a list of all people who have communicable diseases? How about a list of people with HIV? Maybe some mother would be a little concerned about her child spending the night at a friend's home where mom and dad have full-blown AIDS. Maybe a school official might like to know which teachers are HIV positive, and which are not.

    We know the reason, don't we? The newspaper is philosophically opposed to people owning and carrying guns ... and this is a way for them to fight back.

  2. *sniff sniff* Do I smell a lawsuit coming up? I know I'd sue a local paper that did that here.

  3. cycloneman

    cycloneman Well-Known Member

    Dec 16, 2008
    i want a list of alcholics, those on anti depressents, and all those women with a yeast infection.:D:D
  4. Vladimir

    Vladimir New Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    Issaquah WA
    I want a list of journalists...
  5. Doug.38PR

    Doug.38PR Member

    Oct 21, 2008
    North Louisiana
    How would a newspaper have access to that kind of personal information?
  6. ponycar17

    ponycar17 Active Member

    Feb 17, 2005
    South Carolina
    Maybe the list should be published if concealed weapons permit holders were generally prone to household accidents involving guns of if we were predisposed to commit violent crimes. Neither of those things are true. This is a good example of a bunch of morons not looking at facts to base their decisions upon. :rolleyes:
  7. ponycar17

    ponycar17 Active Member

    Feb 17, 2005
    South Carolina
    Oh, I posted the newspaper a nice email. I accused them of being no better than domestic terrorists by decreasing citizens' safety.

    If you care to sound off to these idiots, do it at this link...

    And this link is better to revisit the story and/or forward it along to your like-minded acquaintances.
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2009
  8. durk

    durk Active Member

    Sep 19, 2006
    Thanks Ponycar. Please keep us posted and let us know if they respond.:)
  9. My letter..........

    Sex offenders I see a need for a public list.

    Tax evaders I see a need for a public list.

    Drunk drivers, corrupt cops, scamming mechanics, etc.

    But law abiding citizens who took the time to legally register their weapon with police, attend classes, and meet certification standards?

    Here's what you have done: A man or woman finds their self in a position to need a handgun at all times (threats from estranged spouse, small business carrying large cash deposits from work after dark, oldest daughter being threatened by a psycho ex...millions of legit reasons...) Now because of your public list...instead of getting certified, qualified, and educated to carry the that person will just carry the handgun locked and loaded in public with no formal training.

    Law abiding citizens don't carry for fun. Nobody lugs a pound of steel in his/her waistband and spends money on clothes to cover it for kicks. They carry a weapon because some circumstance makes them feel their life or a loved one's is in danger.

    Your list will not stop anyone from carrying a handgun. They will just stay away from your list by not getting a permit! If anything, you just put the public in real danger.

    What you have done is almost like put a bunch of unlicensed drivers on the road by scaring them away from the DMV!

    By the don't have a sex offender list, but you have CCW permits listed???!!! With all respect, people are not as stupid as you apparently think. Your motives are absolutely transparent.

    You don't have a list of violent criminals recently out on early release. You don't have coverage of the status of violent criminals about to be released. You have no lists of felons. But you made public those law abiding people with a history of no felonies who chose to carry a handgun in accordance with the law? How backwards? How incredibly stupid? It is unbelievable.

    There is no doubt that you have damaged the public you think you are protecting. You are no friend to good citizens.

    And the people out there carrying a handgun you SHOULD be putting on a list cannot get a permit because they are criminals.


    Go to hell.
  10. ponycar17

    ponycar17 Active Member

    Feb 17, 2005
    South Carolina
    Oh, they have opened Pandora's 'other' box... The one that contains positive knowledge for society. This is going to be fun. :D
  11. Mjolnir

    Mjolnir New Member

    Feb 27, 2008
    Greeley, Colorado
    Well said. After a few months of carrying I found myself slacking off because I was tired of carrying the weight all the time. I've had to start reminding myself why I carry when I get ready in the morning, when I think of the reason I feel stupid considering not carrying.
  12. Doesn't that list put all of those gun owners in fear of their own safety too? Criminals now have a list of where they can find weapons. While they might not take a chance of breaking in when someone is home, but an empty house owned by a gun owner will be a prime target.

    This is just terrible of what they have done!

    It's not right.

  13. ponycar17

    ponycar17 Active Member

    Feb 17, 2005
    South Carolina
    That's right Lori, these idiots have posted a list of households that have handguns, and they will likely aid in putting more firearms in the hands of thieves through this grievous act of privacy violation. They are idiots. Email them and tell them about it...
  14. armedandsafe

    armedandsafe Guest

    On another forum, members have taken to publishing the private information of the owners, editors and management of that newspaper. Those folks who are now seeing their private information published on the internet are MOST upset. They cannot see the connection. :D

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