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Indiana: Bloomington Herald-Times Remains Defiant, Refuses to End Searchable Gun Permit Database!

Friday, December 4, 2009

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 Bloomington Herald-Times to respectfully voice your displeasure at the newspaper’s irresponsible misuse of the First Amendment, regarding your ability to exercise your Second Amendment.

E. Mayer Maloney Jr., Publisher
(812) 331-4251
Mmaloney@heraldt.com

Scott Schurz, Sunday Hoosier Times/Editor-in-Chief
(812) 331-4250
Sschurz@heraldt.com

Bob Zaltsberg, Editor
(812) 331-4364
rzaltsberg@heraldt.com

Andrea Murray, Managing Editor
(812) 331-4351
amurray@heraldt.com

Bill Strother, Assistant Managing Editor
(812) 331-4265
bstrother@heraldt.com

Todd Davidson, Digital Media Director
(812) 349-1415
Davidson@heraldt.com

 

The Herald-Times’ online advertisers should also hear from the public:

 

Cory Bollinger, Herald-Times Advertising Director
(812) 331-4279
cbollinger@heraldt.com

Harley-Davidson of Bloomington
http://www.indianaharley.com/
522 West Gourley Pike
Bloomington, Indiana 47404
PH: 812-333-8300

IndianaBuyItNow.com
buyitnow@hoosiertimes.com

French Lick West Baden
www.visitfrenchlickwestbaden.com/
8291 W. Beechwood Avenue
French Lick, Indiana 47432
Toll free: (877) 422 - 9925
Local: (812) 936 – 3418

Underground Printing
1. Bloomington Location:
512 E. Kirkwood Ave
Bloomington, IN 47408
P: 812.558.0286
F: 866.645.1686
ugpbl@undergroundshirts.com

2. West Lafayette Location:
314 W. State St.
West Lafayette, IN 47906

P: 765.588.3851
F: 866.645.1686
ugpwl@undergroundshirts.com

Yarns Unlimited
http://www.yarnsunlimited.com/
101 W. Kirkwood Avenue, Suite 129
BloomingtonIN  47404

(812) 334-2464
yarnsunlimited@comcast.net

Curry Auto Center
2906 Buick Cadillac Blvd.
Bloomington, IN 47401
(812) 650-0657
(800) 926-0555

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