The danger of databases
As mentioned yesterday, the promised carry permit database is up at the Herald Times Online, which I won’t link to for fear of contamination. As has been mentioned by the Herald Times’ own editorial staff, the database does not contain names or street address, which I guess is nice of them to not publish my name on the internet.
Sadly though, the list isn’t exactly benign. It works by going to the list and inputting a street name, county, or city; then you can see how many people on your street have concealed carry permits. There are a couple of major issues I have with this:
- The HTO is implying that you can use this database to find out how “safe” your street is, the negative implication being that carry permit holders are dangerous lunatics that need to be tracked ala sex offenders.
- Mrs. Ahab, who hails from rural Indiana originally, pointed out to me that there are plenty of streets that only have one or two houses on them.
- A prison guard in Ohio was tracked down by a former inmate in Ohio using a similar list.
Now, the HTO is clinging to their lie that the database doesn’t expose permit holders to any kind of risk. It should be pretty obvious to anyone with a pair of brain cells to rub together why that’s plainly not true – it exposes “pink card” holders not only to criminal activity but to potential discrimination from hostile coworkers or employers, as well as a host of other issues.
Unfortunately, we’re probably not going to win this fight with impassioned appeals to the HTO about the right to privacy, as I’ve heard from several sources that they’re as hard core a bunch of leftists as you’ll find in Indiana. Our best recourse is to contact your state legislator and ask them to sponsor laws making these kinds of shenanigans illegal. And once again for fun, here are the direct lines to the “leadership” (and I use that term loosely) for the Herald Times Online:
Scott Schurz, Sunday Hoosier Times/Editor-in-Chief
E. Mayer Maloney Jr., Publisher
Bob Zaltsberg, Editor