On the tenth of February, 2009, I became aware of the fact that the Commercial Appeal, a newspaper in Memphis, Tennessee, had procured a copy of the state’s public database of Handgun Carry Permit Holders, and taken it upon themselves to convert it into a web-based, searchable system, available to anyone with an internet connection. I consider this to be a massive invasion of my privacy, and the privacy of the over-200,000 other permit holders here in Tennessee, in addition to a possible endangerment of those individuals listed in the database. What follows is a documentation of all of the posts, letters, and writings I have penned since, and will hopefully be updated if/when I write more:
10FEB09: A letter to every member of the editorial staff of the Commercial Appeal, expressing my displeasure over their publication of the database. No one I sent this email to has ever responded.
13FEB09: A reciprocal listing of the contact information for all members of the staff at the Commercial Appeal, as well as whatever other public knowledge is available on them. I would stress that all information on this list is available through public, legal channels, and this information will be deleted from my webpage as soon as the Commercial Appeal takes down its HCP database.
Also on this day, I contacted all of the advertisers I could find on the Commercial Appeal’s webpage, and told them I would never purchase their goods or services again, until either the database comes down, or they stop advertising at the Commercial Appeal.
18FEB09: I ask those who are writing to and about the Commercial Appeal to maintain an unquestionable level of decency and courtesy. The editorials at the Commercial Appeal and elsewhere constantly reference “ominous threats”, but without providing any specific examples – we need to keep it that way.
22FEB09: I finally heard back from the First Tennesse Bank, one of the advertisers I contacted. I will never use that bank in the future.
03MAR09: The Commercial Appeal calls in backup in the form of an external writer. Too bad said writer is employed by the same company that also owns the Commercial Appeal…
08MAR09: The bigots at the Commercial Appeal let loose with yet another assault on the civil rights of all citizens of Tennessee, with bonus specious rationalizations concerning their privacy-invading database of handgun carry permit holders.
09MAR09: For the sake of compiling all the information in one place, search engine optimization, and general-purpose consolidation, any articles directly relating to the Commercial Appeal have been moved into their own category.
11MAR09: The Commercial Appeal is still associating law-abiding handgun carry permit holders with felons and accidents. No bias there. Nope, none at all.
Also on this day, the Commercial Appeal takes the despicable tactic of conflating law-abiding citizens with the recent murderer in Alabama, while simultaneously still defending their privacy-invading database of handgun carry permit holders.
19MAR09: Chris Peck has a new way of describing bipartisanship when he does not agree with the outcome: “herd mentality”. The Commercial Appeal’s bigotry knows no bounds.
21MAR09: The Commercial Appeal has to let go of some of their staff, including a cartoonist who drew a remarkably offensive editorial cartoon more than adequately portraying both his and his newspaper’s hoplophobia. More the shame.
06APR09: Commercial Appeal columnist Bryan Brasher exposes that he is nothing more than a fuddite, willing to sacrifice other people’s rights so long as his remain safe… for the time. I guess it is good to know who we can count on selling us out.
07APR09: The bill allowing law-abiding handgun carry permit holders to carry their sidearms into restaurants that serve alcohol made it out of the House, and Richard Locker celebrated by writing another strangely bigotry-free article.
08APR09: And then the editorial staff of the Commercial Appeal makes up for the previous article by hemorrhaging bigotry all over cyberspace. Someone get them a towel.
05MAY09: Chris Peck and the rest of the editorial staff of the Commercial Appeal are in denial concerning the amount of assistance they provided HB0959, and how much its passing relied on their incessant hoplophobia and bigotry.
14MAY09: Ignoring some rather pertinent facts, the editorial staff of the Commercial Appeal exposes their agenda of preferring everyone to live lives ruled by fear and emotion rather than choice and the Constitution.
21MAY09: Chris Peck and the editorial staff of the Commercial Appeal indicate that Google is hard. Denial, anyone?
22JUL09: The Commercial Appeal copy-pastes a fallacious Violence Policy Center Google-study verbatim. Yup, no anti-gun, anti-rights, anti-Second-Amendment agenda there…