Neal Barton's POV

TV station shoots self in foot


POSTED: Thursday, July 19, 2012 - 6:34pm

UPDATED: Sunday, July 22, 2012 - 2:04pm

Some do-gooder TV station in North Carolina has done something that should make most Americans mad.

I don't know if this is on purpose or not and I will tell you I've been in TV 30 year and it's no secret most folks in my business are ignorant about guns, gun ownership and gun right.

I said ignorant. I didn't say stupid.

There is a difference.

A TV station in North Carolina for whatever reason decided to make public every person in the state who owns a fire arms.

You hear what I said. To go along with the story they posted a state map on their website.

In the map you just click on the counties and you can dig deeper.

In an article about firearms training, a article shows homes in on the fact that rural areas have a much higher per capita rate of concealed carry permit holders.

The story also mentions efforts to increase regulation on concealed carry permit holders and quotes Gail Neely, executive director of North Carolinians Against Gun Violence, who claims that "concealed weapons permit holders aren't as law-abiding as they are reputed to be."

However, the part that really has Second Amendment proponents up in arms is a searchable box that allows the public to identify where concealed carry permit holders live, by typing in the street name, city, county and zip code.

Although concealed carry permit holders cannot be identified down their precise address, in many rural areas there are just a handful of houses on one street, and sometimes just one or two, leaving gun owners open to criminal predation.

Treating gun owners like sex offenders.

I am sure right now in that newsroom there are some that think this is no big deal.

That's my point of view what's yours?

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i am so tired of people trying to take away my rights to protect myself and my family. police are only called after a crime has been comitted. criminals will always find a way to get guns to use. it takes one crazy to start controversy on gun control.again. HOW MANY GUN OWNERS IN THE U.S. DIDNT SHOOT SOMEONE THIS YEAR.... There will always be crime and killing. i think its the enviroment where they are and how they were raised. But this is just my opinion..

I would think criminals would use that informaation to target homes where non-gun owners lived and avoid homes of gun owners.

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