As a service to my fellow Hoosiers, I felt inspired by the recent events in Bloomington; the decision of the Herald Time to create and publish their Indiana carry permit database has lead me to believe that a similar and much more important service should be offered to Hoosiers. We’ll start off with Bloomington first, and then gradually expand the database as necessary. What we would do is create a list, a “registry” or sorts, where you’ll be able to go to our web site and make sure that your neighborhood is safe. Here at Gun Nuts, we’ll provide a street listing so you can know how many reporters and editorial staff live in your neighborhood.
Please note, that all information was obtained via public records; in fact most of them were acquired by looking up certain people in the phone book.
Our first inductees into the Indiana Authorized Journalist Database or “IAJD” for short are all staff at the Herald Times, coincidentally the same paper that is publishing a concealed carry database. Here are names of the “first additions” to our database:
- Scott C Schurz, President
- Bob Zaltsberg, Editor
- Todd Davidson, Digital Media Director
- Andrea M Murray, Managing Editor
Now, our first four additions all share a common business address. So if you live in the are of 1900 S. Walnut Street, Bloomington, IN 47401 be warned. That’s the headquarters (makes it sound like a lair of villains) of the Bloomington Herald at 1900 S. Walnut Street.
Now here are the major streets we’ve discovered that have authorized journalists.
- East Dekist Street: 1 journalist
- East Pine Lane: 1 journalist
- East Sheridan Drive: 1 journalist
- East Davis Street: 1 journalist
Now, since we didn’t publish names and house numbers, there’s no danger right? I mean, that’s what the Herald Times said about their database. By their logic, there is just NO POSSIBLE WAY my database could be abused for nefarious purposes, because I made sure to not link any names to specific addresses.
The point of all of this is to show the HTO that the knife cuts in both directions. Carry permit holders are law abiding citizens, and to treat us like sex offenders by putting us in some “carry permit database” that you stick in the “Crimes” section of your website is not only insulting, it’s reprehensible. So Herald Times, as they say: tit for tat. If you don’t like what you see here, then just pull your registry down.
Update: The Indiana Authorize Journalist Database is now interactive! See in Google Maps which streets in your neighborhood have dangerous and uncontrollable “journalists” on them. Is your street safe? Find out here!