posted on Aug, 23 2013 @ 01:04 PM
reply to post by DaMod
I think we are getting to the point were we need to stop the Obama loving crap being thrown at anyone who doesn't immediately agree with some
conservative values. I have no issues whatsoever with gun owners, i know many who are wonderful people who wouldn't hurt a soul unless they needed to.
However, that being said, there is a big difference between collecting information on NRA members openly and forming a database of people that
includes many non NRA members from information secretly obtained.
If the NRA wants to form a mailing list then all they would need to do is tap their members information which is freely given, but its apparent from
the articles on this subject that this isn't the case. Rewarding gun safety trainers for passing on peoples personal information is questionable at
best, especially if that information wasn't freely offered by those taking the class. Buying up information from state and county offices while at the
same time preaching about the evils of forming a database of gun owners is down right hypocrisy and should seriously make everyone question what the
motive is for all of this.
NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam declined to discuss the group’s name-gathering methods or what it does with its vast pool of data about
millions of non-member gun owners. Asked what becomes of the class rosters for safety classes when instructors turn them in, he replied, “That’s
not any of your business.”
This is political manipulation at best and at worse the first stages of the gun registry that gun owners openly fear.
When the Westchester Journal News published an online map of local residents with handgun licenses last year, the paper was excoriated by the
NRA and its allies; it eventually took the map down. When Gawker published a similar list—without addresses—of New York City handgun
permit-holders last month, we were attacked by Fox News and received multiple death threats. And when the editor of the North Carolina Cherokee Scout
dared to request—not publish, but merely request—similar data from his local sheriff, he was forced to apologize and resign; he plans to leave the
So if journalists do it then hell breaks loose, but when a powerful political lobby does it then its all cool?
If you don't want to implicitly trust journalists then fine, but don't just assume you can trust the NRA either.
edit on 23-8-2013 by
Thorneblood because: (no reason given)