On November 30, 2009, the Bloomington Herald-Times made the following announcement:
“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.”
The newspaper’s gun database went live Tuesday, December 1. It contains a database of gun permit information, wherein the public can search the number of permits in a given county, zip code or even on particular streets.
The Herald-Times has begun receiving your calls and emails, and their editorial response remains a defiant defense of their online gun permit database.
The editors do not care that some rural or suburban streets have only a few houses, so listing a street with five homes and four permit holders provides gun thieves with a shopping list of homes to rob.
On the flip side, the editors do not care that a street with no permit holders also informs criminals which homeowners are likely to have no method of self-defense, making them easy target victims.
The Herald-Times doesn't think very highly of its customers, because your fellow NRA members have sent many emails and made calls to the paper, only to be told by the editors that they are doing nothing wrong and will not be taking down the database.
No public good is served by “journalists” publishing or cataloguing private citizens’ gun permit information; in fact, more harm is done by such an action. If the newspaper won’t listen to their constituents and customers, then NRA members and gun owners should send a financial message by canceling their subscriptions to the Bloomington Herald-Times.
Please contact the
Bill Strother, Assistant Managing Editor
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