Here we go again. Another news organization wants to build a database of American citizens who have the right to carry a concealed firearm. Civitas Media owns 88 newspapers across the country and has expressed interest in an internal email to use public records to build a list of CCW permit holders.
According to the Buckeye Firearms Association the email makes it clear that an extensive database is the goal:
The email, dated January 19, 2014, was written by Civitas Media’s director of content, Jim Lawitz, and distributed to content directors, managers and producers at company-owned newspapers in 12 states, including 38 newspapers here in Ohio.
Civitas Media editorial report – Jan. 13- Jan. 17
From Jim Lawitz
We are launching two enterprise projects across our newsrooms this month. The first will deal with the creeping influence of heroin in our communities. The deadly drug has quietly taken over, reaching across all age groups and eclipsing meth as the recreational drug of choice. The second project examines the explosion of “conceal and carry” gun permits across the U.S. Through public records act requests, we will attempt to build state-by-state databases that list those who have the right to carry a concealed weapon. (emphasis added)
So why would a newspaper company be so intent on getting their hands on all the names and locations of concealed carry permit holders? There’s only one reason that makes sense. So they can publish these names and target gun owners.
Of course, Jim Lawitz, Civitas’ director of content, is trying to avoid any kind of political firestorm over this by saying the company has no plans to actually do anything with the database. They just want to have it. According to FoxNews,
“In news organizations, a variety of ideas routinely are discussed, researched and planned, which may or may not result in published work,” Lawitz said. “Typically we do not publicly comment on internal proprietary communication. However, we have no plans to publish any lists or databases of people’s names on conceal and carry.”
Anyone else smell a rat? Does any logically thinking person think that a law abiding gun owner should be treated like a sex offender? We already know that the anti-gun activists want to see gun owners demonized as much as possible, but broadcasting the names and locations of concealed carry permit holders only tries to make targets out of respectful citizens who actually followed the law to carry concealed.
After the Sandy Hook shooting Gannett Company’s The Journal News of White Plains, N.Y tried to turn gun owners into the responsible party by publishing the names and locations of concealed permit holders. There was an outcry then form the gun community. And if Civitas thinks gun owners will just sit back quietly and let this happen again… then they are in for a rude awakening.
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