Take for example the “Freedom of Information Act,” put in place for people and organizations such as news media to gain easy access to otherwise hard to get public information.
This so-called “freedom” act has turned our country upside down, in many cases, certainly the cases related to guns such as the Fast and Furious government gun running across the border into Mexico, a good use of the law, but now it’s being used by the news media in some places to expose legally licensed citizens that have obtained a concealed carry weapon permit and who have committed no crime.
This act has now taken our individual right of privacy away. In my opinion it was never intended for this purpose. But nevertheless once a government at any level says we have to do something, such as obtaining a concealed weapons permit before we can carry guns, and requires background checking, that individual citizen’s information is now in the government’s domain and is no longer private, hence available for media consumption. This is now happening in New York state.
Newspapers feel that they have the right to publish the names and addresses of the permit holders along with maps showing exact location, for what reason I don’t know. I do know this will put make the households that are not on the list, but in the surrounding area, a clients list for home invaders.
I am calling for our elected state officials to introduce a bill to make such private records not available to the public and any type of media in future. These private records should be granted the same protection as our Social Security information.
The writer lives in Murrells Inlet.