Originally Posted by long island leprechaun
I don't think there's much doubt that some media are using their pulpits to assert a political position on this issue. The step to publish the names of gun owners was knee jerk and rash. I doubt very strongly that the publishers gave serious thought to the consequences of their actions for law abiding gun owners.
On the other hand, suppose that a public list reveals to you as a private citizen that your neighbor, who behaves irratically and you know has a psychiatric problem, is stockpiling assault weapons. Is there anything that should be done in this instance? Or should it simply be ignored because of his right to keep arms?
Assault rifles dont require a permit. Their list only included names of people that have a permit to own a handgun. For a newspaper to print their names and a map of their addresses, treating them like sex offenders or felons is beyond extreme and the publishers most certainly knew what they were doing.