Friday, February 13, 2009

Public Records

In Nebraska, the list of carry permit holders is only available to law enforcement when needed for an investigation. Not all states see it that way.

In Tennessee, a local newspaper in Memphis put up a searchable database of all the permit holders in the state. Squeaky Wheel sets them straight on why doing that was a BAD IDEA.

My rapist was also never arrested or charged. Years later, I found out he did his own daughter as well. Only 6% of rapists will ever spend a day in jail. There is legislation pending in Tennessee right now to close the permit records, but you can't put the toothpaste back in the tube.

To add insult to injury, they put the permit holder database up on the same page as the sex offender database.

WE ARE NOT CRIMINALS. If you want to tell the Memphis Commercial Appeal what you think of their stupidity and arrogance, you can do it here.

ETA -- Xspectre8 wrote another outstanding letter to the editor of the Memphis Commercial Appeal.


DaP said...

There's another reason why this was a bad idea. Karma. One permit holder returned the favor and printed the names and addresses of the newspaper staff on his blog:
As he says, "No particular reason, just listing public records."

Hecate said...

Fixed your link:

Public Records: Let the Sun Shine!

You can use the href tag to make links in comments active.