Media Targets Gun Owners Like Sex Offenders
January 3, 2013 in Guns
In a further effort to demonize legal gun owners who have already been put into a database and registered, the mainstream media has took it upon themselves to out these “dangerous” people.
Through FIOA requests the Herald Times, the Journal News, and a host of other online media have made it their business to construct through Google maps an interactive list of gun owners in their local areas. These maps, when one clicks on a dot, displays the person’s name and address. They cite State law (such as in New York) which says, “There is no right to privacy regarding handgun ownership.” Never mind the fact that these law-abiding citizens are being treated no better than a pedophile or a rapist. Guilty of nothing more than wanting to protect their families, target practice, or occasionally go hunting.
Continuing on, the Journal News states, “Data for all permit categories, unrestricted carry, premises, business, employment, target and hunting, is included, but permit information is not available on an individual basis.” They go on to state in their Frequently Asked Questions section that “New York law does not require a permit to own a long gun such as a rifle or shotgun.” The Journal News on their “Gun Owners Map” page explains why they have created such a resource and act as though they are concerned journalists doing a public service.
In reality their motives seem to be more sinister and are actually proven through a glaring contradiction on the very same page…