Apparently Mike Fleming was talking about the Commercial Appeal’s carry permit database (I refuse to link to that thing) tonight on his radio show, and someone I know (through teh intarwebs, though we have a couple of mutual meatspace acquaintances) who works at the CA is Twittering about it.
Please note, I didn’t hear the show. Also note that I’m not listing a name or a link because I’m ranting at the behavior…for all intents and purposes, this person seems nice, and she makes me laugh. But the attitude is just ridiculous, and I’ve seen it in quite a few people, and they all have the same response to my replies: silence. This is just the most recent example that I’ve, personally, been exposed to, and I’ve had a bad day, so naturally I’m going to take it out here.
Among these comments posted was, “Haha, Fleming just pulled the First Amendment card.”
I don’t know why that’s funny to you, because your employer is doing the same thing in keeping that abomination on the web. That “card” is why you have a job.
This was the first one I saw: “Fleming wants to know how many people at the CA have carry permits. Hey Mike? Use our database. Real simple.”
Then later: “Is Fleming really arguing that no one in 495 Union has a carry permit? Really? This is bizarro-world. It really is.”
The employees of the paper have been checked against their own database, and unless they’ve done some creative editing to keep themselves out, they’re not listed. This was done a month ago by someone who doesn’t even live in this state, which should let you know how far-reaching the “annoyance” (stronger words are wanted, but would dilute my point) about this whole thing is.
That’s pretty much all I’m going to say about it. I’m too tired to check my anger. I used up all of that energy in class today while being baited by a professor.