Three days later, no response. Granted, they might be busy, but the database is still up and operational… just partially hidden behind pretty graphs and text. Time to level the playing field a little.
This information has undoubtedly been reposted elsewhere, but below is a list of the staff at Commercial Appeal. Using simply their first and last names, city, and zip code (i.e. the same data available on their handgun carry permit database), you can procure the additional data from a variety of online, public, free sources, with minimal effort. I repeat, all of this information is from legal, publicly available sources, and, furthermore, I will delete it all from my webpage once they take down the Commercial Appeal‘s handgun carry permit database. Turnabout is fair play:
Part of me honestly hates doing this. But the larger part of me realizes that the staff of the Communist… er… Commercial Appeal are just trying to rationalize, explaion, and qualify their current invasion of Tennessee citizens’ privacy, and it is more than high time for these folks to find out how that shoe fits them. This sentiment was only strengthened after seeing Chris Peck’s idiotic comments:
“The level of uninformed response has been disappointing,” Peck said. “It really defies logic that people say this makes their homes vulnerable to targeting by gun thieves, because first of all, most houses in our community have guns in them that don’t require any registration and thus are not on a public database, and most people in our community don’t have gun-carry permits.
“You have to ask whether somebody who wants a gun would target someone who has a gun and is trained to use it.”
So I guess anyone who has the audacity to disagree with you is “uninformed”, huh? Righto. Way to improve your readership numbers there, jackass. Furthermore, the entire rest of your comments are absolutely and undeniably moronic, and, unlike you, I am going to back up that claim.
First off, it would be interesting to see if you have statistics concerning the firearm ownership numbers in Tennessee, and whether or not your claim of “most houses in our community have guns in them” actually manages to hold water. However, I will be gracious and grant you that point. Now, put yourself in the shoes of a criminal looking to steal a gun – will you go through the trouble of breaking into and searching a house that just might have a firearm in it, or would you instead break into the house down the street that you know has a firearm in it, thanks to your generous database? Furthermore, what does the number of people in a community with handgun carry permits have to do with you invading those people’s privacy, exposing them to possible home invasions and robberies, and helping criminals target them? Or does their small numbers somehow make what you did less wrong? Comforting thought, that.
On a more personal note, what of those people who secured their firearms and their carry permits due to honest threats on their lives? What of the ex-wives/husbands who have protection orders out against their abusive, dangerous ex-husbands/wives, and who understand that a little slip of paper is not going to stop the maniac from hurting/injuring/killing them? What about people who moved to escape an abusive relationship, and now you gave their abusers all the information they would need to find them again? It sickens me that you would intentionally violate these people’s privacy and safety, and not only have no remorse about it, but be disgustingly proud of doing it.
As for your last comment, you would have to be an idiot to say something that outright stupid. Neither firearms nor training are magical shields that somehow protect handgun carry permit holders from crime, or allow those permit holders to beat back criminals with their pinky and an expended cartridge. If a criminal manages to surprise an individual carrying a handgun (thanks to you informing the criminal excatly who is potentially carrying a firearm), the criminal has the upper hand. Surprise is an amazingly powerful tool in combat (as recognized by such great minds as Von Clausewitz and Sun Tzu), and knowing who to attack (thanks to the information you provided criminals throughout Tennessee) is the first step in catching your target off guard and unprepared. And while the following hypothetical situation does not always end poorly for the law-abiding citizen, guess who tends to win when the criminal lands the first blow, courtesy of being able to surprise his target?
How Chris got to be an editor of a newspaper with such an appalling lack of morals and loose grasp of logic … well, actually, it does not surprise me at all. But it speaks volumes as to the quality of his newspaper.
As I said before, and will repeat now, I will take all of this information down as soon as the Commercial Appeal takes down its database of Tennessee handgun carry permit holders. Until they do that, all of this public knowledge will be retained here, in an easily searchable, easily viewable format, because the public has a “right to know” who, exactly, is violating their right to privacy, and who is aiding and abetting criminals. If the staff of the Commercial Appeal has any concerns about this information being posted, they are free to contact me at “linoge (at) wallsofthecity (dot) net”, and I will ignore them as thoroughly as they have been ignoring my emails.
In other news, if you compare the above list to the handgun carry permit holder database, you will come to one of two available conclusions: (1) that none of the staff of the Commercial Appeal possess handgun carry permits, or (b) they edited the database to keep their own information out.
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