The free and independent press has been operating tirelessly to ensure that citizens everywhere are treated equally and everyone gets a fair shot. Print journalists work hard to cover every possible angle; making sure to be fair and balanced in ever–ok, I can’t keep typing with a straight face. We all know that aside from a few select publications, legitimate journalism in the United States is long dead. The liberal bias in the media is unparalleled, and this new story just takes the cake.
A New York publication, called The Journal News has published a list of every gun owner within their delivery range. The list includes the names of the gun owners, as well as their addresses. According to ABC news, users can just go to the map online, click an area, and find gun owners in that vicinity.
Understandably, outrage followed. Disgruntled user comments flooded the site, and in response to all of the ire, The Journal News responded thusly:
“[Our readers] are understandably interested to know about guns in their neighborhoods…We obtained the names and addresses of Westchester and Rockland residents who are licensed to own handguns through routine Freedom of Information law requests. We also requested information on the number and types of guns owned by permit holders, but officials in the county clerks offices in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties maintained that those specifics were not public record.”
So now gun owners are being treated like sex offenders. This is the liberal paradise: Gun owners across the country being identified on an online registry for all to see, as if they have committed some crime. I suppose once they figured out that they can’t just pretend the second amendment doesn’t exist, this was their next best option: identification harassment.
What good can come of this? The Left endlessly accuses conservatives of clinging to guns because they live in fear (then not so subtly implying that the fear is of minorities); then proceed to condemn that straw-man. If they condemn that supposed fear, what is the point of this list? The Journal claims that it is because their readers “are understandably interested to know about guns in their neighborhoods.” Is that not fear? Oh, that’s right, because those afraid of the guns aren’t racist, just those who own the guns. That’s the twisted liberal logic. Understanding liberal logic is like untangling a pair of headphones; you have to work hard.
This is the battle we’re fighting, people. In the minds of liberals, the symptom must be treated, not the cause. They see an act of violence involving a gun; they call for more gun control. I suppose if they saw an act of violence involving a sharp piece of glass, they would demand window control. They are fervently unwilling to search out the truth.
These are the lengths to which they’ve gone: targeting gun owners by publishing their names and addresses online and in papers. Liberals want to shift the focus squarely on those evil, probably rich, probably racist and/or bigoted, hicks with guns. That is their game. It is a means to an end. Many of them actually believe that a United States where weapons are confiscated from citizens will be a safer United States. What they do not realize is that if citizens don’t have guns, only criminals will.
This anti-gun narrative is short-sighted and dangerous. Let’s turn the story back around.