Friday, August 23, 2013

The NRA Was Right

Wayne LaPierre, it turns out, can occasionally speak the truth. That massive data-base of gun owners about which he's warned us daily, used for political purposes among others, really does exist.

It's with the NRA:

The National Rifle Association has rallied gun owners — and raised tens of millions of dollars — campaigning against the threat of a national database of firearms or their owners. 
But in fact, the sort of vast, secret database the NRA often warns of already exists, despite having been assembled largely without the knowledge or consent of gun owners. It is housed in the Virginia offices of the NRA itself. The country’s largest privately held database of current, former, and prospective gun owners is one of the powerful lobby’s secret weapons, expanding its influence well beyond its estimated 3 million members and bolstering its political supremacy. 
That database has been built through years of acquiring gun permit registration lists from state and county offices, gathering names of new owners from the thousands of gun-safety classes taught by NRA-certified instructors and by buying lists of attendees of gun shows, subscribers to gun magazines, and more, BuzzFeed has learned. The result: a Big Data powerhouse that deploys the same high-tech tactics all year round that the vaunted Obama campaign used to win two presidential elections...

Probably not a big deal, and it certainly not surprising. But I wonder if any NRA members, who are sure the government would use such information only for nefarious Kenyan purposes, would find it disturbing.

Not, would be my guess.

[Image source]

Popular posts