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The Jim Lawitz Civitas Media internal memo laid out a plan for an enterprise project that would use public information requests to establish the database.
It seems that some people, such as editor Jim Lawitz, have forgotten how The Journal News defended their actions even as it put people and their families at risk, many in mortal danger.
The database is the personal information of gun owners with permits which allow them to carry concealed weapons and Americans should expect some sense of privacy while exercising their legal rights.
So Did Civitas Media Consider Publishing A Multi-State Gun Permit Holder Database?
The short answer is no.
In an email after Fox News reported the story January 24th, 2014, Civitas President/CEO Michael Bush states that the Jim Lawitz memo should not have been sent and that the notion of such a project had been "rejected" upon consideration.
What sounds a lot like a newspaper chain doing damage control, Civitas President/CEO Michael Bush wrote to Fox News,
"Civitas Media never had any plans or intentions of publishing in print or online lists of holders of 'conceal and carry' permits. Nor will Civitas Media develop databases of permit holders. A poorly crafted internal memo meant to highlight editorial discussions and planning incorrectly indicated that such a database was being planned; it has been considered and rejected.”
Chad Baus, secretary of the Buckeye Firearms Association, told Fox News, that he received the email from a confidential source within the company who was “concerned” about the media group’s plans.
"The goal is to raise awareness because each and every time a newspaper organization does this type of thing, the public reacts very strongly to it,” Mr Baus said.
“There’s no other purpose for creating these lists but to target and victimize gun owners,” Baus told Fox News.
And yes, Chad Baus is absolutely correct.
While you and I see this as common sense in that we should expect some sense of privacy when exercising our legal rights, this is just another example of people in areas of responsibility who do not see things the same as we do.
Any information for bad guys can be used to hurt innocent people who are simply using their rights to defend themselves.
The idea of gun registration, gun owner registration, and databases full of information on us doing nothing illegal has gone way too far.
There is no reason that the government needs to compile and make available data regarding what we are doing when we are not breaking the law.
Liberals see gun owners as the problem. They see our rights to a means of self defense as being unneeded and wrong.
That is, unless it is themselves who need defending. Other than themselves, they don't care what happens - because they believe no one should put up a fight.
Remember, these are the same people who still blame women for defending themselves against it. They do not recognize a person's rights and needs to self-defense.
So yes, President and CEO of Civitas Media, a national newspaper chain, now says it never intended to publish a multi-state gun permit holder database.
But why was it even considered? Why is it that one of their top editors sees nothing wrong with attacking legal gun owners? And really, why hasn't he been fired?
Lastly, we should be asking, is the database project only cancelled for now, or will Jim Lawitz try to get the database going and publish it in the future?
We should all thank Buckeye Firearms Association and other pro-Constitution organizations for staying vigilant to the likes of those who would attack the rights of law abiding Americans citizens.