I mentioned two weeks ago that some reporter from the local Bloomington, IN paper was going to run some hit pieces on concealed carry holders in the state of Indiana. I was not wrong, as the pieces were published today. I’d link to them, but the Herald Times online wants you to pay 5 bucks to see the pieces, and that’s not worth your money, trust me. I actually did pay the five bucks for the subscription so I could read them, and they’re generally unremarkable. The first article is your standard “OMFG PEOPLE AROUND YOU HAVE GUNS!!!111”, and the second article is a cutting edge and up date piece on how people are buying guns because of Obama. I have a helpful tip for Michael Malik, the author of these two pieces about “timeliness”: if USA Today has already published multiple articles on a specific topic, such as people buying guns because of Obama, you are officially “behind the curve”. In fact, you’re so far behind the curve that it’s kind of sad.
Be that as it may, as I said the two articles themselves are nothing special or remarkable, it’s pretty much the “same old same old” that we see every now and again as some hack writer tries to use “guns R scaaaawwwy” to make his bones.
However, there is an interesting tidbit buried at the bottom of the article:
This week, HeraldTimesOnline.com will launch its new gun permit database. You’ll be able to search gun permit records by county, city or town and street.
Also, reporter Michael Malik will answer your questions about his gun permit series and the new database in a live Q&A at 11 a.m. Tuesday.
The HeraldTimesOnline legally obtained a copy of the list of “pink card” holders; it’s public record so that’s all well and good. However, they have decided in their infinite editorial wisdom to post your private data (name, address, everything you gave the Indiana State Police) in a searchable database. This is what you call “not classy”. I would even go so far as to call it “irresponsible and reprehensible”, but it’s also par for the course with the media. So here’s what we can do about it.
- Log in for the live chat tomorrow morning at 11am and let your voice be heard.
- Here are the email addresses and phone numbers of the “important” people at the Herald Times:
Scott Schurz, Sunday Hoosier Times/Editor-in-Chief
E. Mayer Maloney Jr., Publisher
Bob Zaltsberg, Editor
- I’m thinking that those people listed above should have lots and lots of courteous and polite yet very strong worded phone calls and emails about the irresponsible nature of publishing the handgun carry permit database.
- If you’re a subscriber to the HT, I’d suggest informing everyone that you speak to that you’ll be canceling your subscription as well.
- Finally, if you’re one of my estimable Hoosier readers, forward this post to everyone you know in Indiana. This won’t work if we don’t get a lot of traction on it.
As a reminder, what the Herald Times is doing is not illegal, although it’s a pretty scummy trick, it’s not illegal. As such, we need to keep it polite and keep it classy when we’re calling and writing to people.