Thursday, February 21, 2008

Media Hypocracy on the Bill of Rights

Recently, apparently at the urging of West Virginia's media organizations, the House has wavered on a bill that would protect the private information of WV's holders of concealed handgun permits. The sources of this hesitancy appear to be mostly from the newspapers, and particularly the Gazette. However this is being manifested in the House.

Delegate Carrie Webster, who once favorably compared Europe's gun laws to our own in a personal email to me, said "
"The West Virginia Press Association and others raised some valid issues about the press' right to know." I'll believe that when Betty Chilton (publisher of the Gazette) publishes her home address. I think we the public deserve to know who's exercising their first amendment rights if they want to print those who exercise their second amendment rights.

And listen to what Delegate Brown said in the Gazette:
"I read those lists so I know who to stay away from," she [Delegate Bonnie Brown] said. "This goes against the public's right to know."

From this we can see that Delegate Brown (D-Kanawha) does not wish to be in the company of background-checked, criminal record free, law abiding citizens. Perhaps she prefers the company of criminals. Is Delegate Brown's home address published anywhere? I think the public has a right to know.

I'm giving away a $25.00 annual membership in the WVCDL to one lucky commenter who responds to this post within the next 24 hours.

A quick search of tax records indicates that Elizabeth E. Chilton pays taxes on a property at:

Elizabeth E. Chilton

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