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<EM>Indianapolis Star</EM> Jumps on the Concealed Carry Permit Database Bandwagon!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

This week, the Indianapolis Star revealed its own gun database in an attempt to capitalize on the same controversial limelight as the Bloomington Herald-Times.

The Star’s database is modified from a street-based catalogue of the number of permit holders in a defined area, to a demographic listing of Indiana ZIP codes, including the percentage of the population permit holders make up, as well as the their gender, race and age. However, such differences do not hide the paper’s intent.

The searchable database of law-abiding carry permit holders is included in the “Public Safety” section of the paper’s website.

The paper seems to believe that it’s a matter of “public safety” for people to know how many permit holders live near them.  Apparently the Star thinks that law-abiding concealed carry permit holders are to be regarded with caution.

Below is a list of the demographic information available for permit holders in one Indiana ZIP code from the Indianapolis Star website:

Concealed carry permit holders (as of Aug. 20, 2009)

Here's a detailed look at concealed carry permit holders in ZIP code 4****7, compared to overall adult population characteristics from the 2000 census:

 

 

Permit holders

Overall population

Gender : 

Female

16.06%

52.42%

 

Male

83.94%

47.58%

 

 

Race : 

Black

1.72%

0.86%

 

White

97.32%

97.37%

 

Other

0.96%

1.77%

 

 

Age : 

Under 21

0.67%

3.64%

 

21 to 40

25.14%

29.56%

 

41 to 64

58.03%

53.14%

 

65 and older

16.16%

13.66%

 

 

Purpose  
for permit : 

Personal protection

99.24%

Gun dealer

0.19%

Hunting

0.29%

Former police

0.29%

Unknown reason

0.00%

 

It remains NRA's firm belief that media outlets abuse their First Amendment rights when they harass and demonize lawful citizens for exercising their Second Amendment rights.

Please call and express your disapproval of the Star’s treatment of law-abiding gun owners.  The paper has a toll-free number for long-distance callers who would like to respectfully voice their displeasure:

Toll-Free Switchboard:
1-800-669-7827

In-State Subscriptions and Billing:
1-888-357-7827

Michael G. Kane, President and Publisher
michael.kane@indystar.com

Dennis R. Ryerson, Editor and Vice President
dennis.ryerson@indystar.com 

Juli Metzger, Executive Editor, Digital and Custom Publications
juli.metzger@indystar.com

Jenny Green, Managing Editor
jenny.green@indystar.com

D. Todd Moore, Administrative Editor
todd.moore@indystar.com

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