Tennessean Publishes “Steal Me” List
Following in the footsteps of a mental midget like Christian Trejbal, The Tennessean has decided to publish a searchable database of Concealed Carry Weapons permit holders in Tennessee. It is here. So, now thieves and would be robbers can search, by city, and find places to go steal guns. When this happened in Virginia, the paper took the list down, apologized and the legislature proposed a bill making the info private. And the AG went ahead and made it private.
Other than sensational grandstanding, letting criminals know where to steal guns, knowing it will create a buzz, and the upcoming martyr shtick they’ll pull (we were just exercising our first amendment rights!), what is the purpose of doing such a thing?
If, like me, you’re not happy about it, let them know. Here’s their contact page.
Update: I will be contacting their advertisers (like Dillards).
Update 2: Maybe some enterprising blogger could start looking for DUIs, unpaid property taxes, legal proceedings, and other stuff having to do with Tennessean staffers? It’s all public info and, well by golly, we have a right to know.
Update 3: For fun, I searched the database for names of prominent political figures. In most cases, I got no results. However, I was in there multiple times.
Update 4: Some folks are saying that it is dumb to think that criminals would use a list like this to go steal guns. They don’t use lists? Why all the identity theft? And over 80% of crime guns are either stolen or come from the black market.
These folks say I should stick with privacy concerns. I thought that was pretty evident that this violated privacy. So, yeah, I don’t like having such info published in the paper. I think it serves no purpose. And, of course, any nefarious sorts can use the list to find out who does not have a carry permit as well.
Update 6: Steve Gill says:
I bet they would freak out if we used the voter rolls and other public data to publish the home addresses of their reporters and editorial staff. After all, there are some nutcases who might try to do them harm if they knew where they lived and didn’t like what they wrote in their paper. But that would be irresponsible, wouldn’t it?????
And, you know, the info from the drivers license database is equally accessible.
Update 7: Seems The Tennessean’s list of CCW holders is now gone. It was here earlier. Could just be down, I suppose.
Update 8: Confirmed . The Tennessean has pulled it. Good for them. Good job, Blake!