January 3, 2013
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. When one asks: Why are they targeting handgun owners if assault weapons are the focus? Is it simply because by law they could not get the information on people who own rifles? Or is it they are massaging the public’s consciousness for the banning of all guns. After all, Pres. Obama, Eric Holder, Rahm Emanuel, and Sen. Feinstein have all suggested a complete ban on semi automatics such as handguns too.
It is apparent that the map was created in light of recent events such as the Sandy Hook massacre. It is also clear that the media outlets that are participating in such activities are following the lead of gun grabbers like Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who wants a total assault weapons ban. It would seem that this is just another pathetic attempt to discredit personal ownership of firearms and generate the talking point that banning assault rifles will not be good enough.
This indeed is what politicians like New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is calling for. He suggested Obama use an “executive action” concerning new aggressive gun laws. Whatever the case may be the mentality of these people can be summed up in one quote by former Attorney General Janet Reno who said, “Waiting periods are only a step. Registration it is only a step. The prohibition of private firearms is the goal.” I shudder to think that a majority of people would go along with such a thing. But it appears we may see the day soon when those that uphold the Second Amendment will also have to wear a modern version of the Scarlet letter.