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First Amendment undermines Second Amendment

Gun control has taken a back seat to Income Equality and Obamacare. It’s a long shot issue for Democratics as illustrated by the expiration of the Federal Assault Weapons Ban legislation signed by Bill Clinton and it’s renewal going nowhere. The Manchin-Toomey Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act failed to pass in the Senate. Even though the Manchin-Toomey act would not create a national gun registry for the federal government, it is now obvious there is no need for it to do so.

Civitas Media, of Davidson, NC, using it’s First Amendment Protection, has considered creating one for them.

Newspaper chain plans 'state-by-state' concealed weapon databases

The newest project "examines the explosion of 'conceal and carry' gun permits across the U.S.," wrote Jim Lawitz, Civitas' director of content, in an e-mail first obtained by the Buckeye Firearms Association. "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."

You'd think they would learn...

New York's Westchester and Rockland counties were surprised to find their names and addresses listed on a map posted by The Journal News.
The map sparked more than 500 comments from readers within a day of its appearance on the website, many of them voicing outrage at the paper's decision to make the information public.

People can't use their first amendment to yell fire in a theatre. They get put in jail for it. Yet, here is Civitas Media considering building a database of permit holders on a "state by state" basis. That sounds like a federal registry to me. That is illegal and also a stupid idea.

Chad Baus, secretary of the Buckeye Firearms Association, told he received the email from a confidential source within the company who was "concerned" about the media group's plans.
"There's no other purpose for creating these lists but to target and victimize gun owners," Baus told
National Rifle Association spokesman Andrew Arulanandam said the project serves no journalistic purpose.
"There is no legitimate need for any news organization to compile a list of law-abiding citizens who have concealed carry permits," Arulanandam told "There are serious security concerns. For example, some people who have carry permits have stalkers and these news organizations are essentially providing a lighted pathway to the homes of these individuals."
Some law enforcement officials also complained the interactive map, published with an article entitled "The gun owner next door: What you don't know about the weapons in your neighborhood," provided burglars with a roadmap of which homes to avoid and which ones to hit.

At least the CEO of Civitas Media has come to his senses...

Civitas Media never had any plans or intentions of publishing in print or online lists of holders of "conceal and carry" permits. Nor will Civitas Media develop databases of permit holders. A poorly crafted internal memo meant to highlight editorial discussions and planning incorrectly indicated that such a database was being planned; it has been considered and rejected.
Michael C. Bush, CEO

..however, he should have a real heart to heart with his Content Director, Mr. Jim Lawitz.

Check out Civitas Media's list of publications and their locations.

Newspapers by Map and Name

Feel free to use this list of newspapers in a way Mr, Lawitz and Civitas Media hoped to use their list of permit holders.

Posted by Weary_Willie at January 22, 2014 3:32 PM
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As I can tell about the only growth industry in the US is associated with corporations collecting/buying and selling the ‘private’ information of citizens/consumers.

Wasn’t too many years back that your SS number was ‘never to be revealed to anybody’, etc. Now your SS number is a ‘cash cow’ for globalised corporations and a few million ‘hackers’.

Why has the gov’t rolled over on our 4th amendment rights? Efficiency. Path of least resistance. MONEY. Encrypting our private information over the communications networks is an added layer of utility. The equipment required is expensive. It cost the gov’t more in equipment/software purchases to decrypt your information. Corporations are making big$ on buying and selling your private information.

So, it’s easier just to have a judge render your information as ‘public’ once it leaves your hand/voice. I recall just a few years back when the gov’t was allowed to send some information stamped ‘confidential’ thru the US mail system.

Sort of synonymous with the globalist and the border issue. Section 4, Article 4 of the constitution: “The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic Violence.
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The globalists have kicked the Constitution to the curb on this one. They have spent the last 30 years ‘harmonizing’ laws across the world to allow people to move around the world pretty much unimpeded. Granted, its still a work in progress, but well underway with illegal immigrants running around with drivers licenses, SS #’s, federal/state forms for education, healthcare and the like. It’s only after one misbehaves, maybe kills a few people, that the gov’t will take a look at you.

Efficiency. Path of least resistance. MONEY. It’s just way more expedient/efficient to only check out those committing crimes, etc than to have to look at every person coming across a border somewhere. Cost a lot of money to check them all out, surveillance equipment, manpower, etc. Tons of money to be made in moving people, cheap labor, moving/selling drugs, laundering money, etc. ADM isn’t throwing money at pols just to get a farm bill. They are looking for cheap labor, the more the better, for them.

As long as the folks can tweet, chat and email they don’t seem to have a problem with giving it all up to the highest bidder, etc.

Otherwise, we have the Corpocracy we deserve.

Posted by: roy ellisb at January 25, 2014 8:26 PM
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