Originally Posted by Punkie
So why the fuss from the gun owners?
They seem upset, frightened?
I think parties on both sides of the issue have serious, legitimate problems with this kind of "journalism".
I try to divorce my identity from issues like this. Speaking of divorce, I think of it this way. Divorce history is also a matter of public record. But I'd like to think most would object to newspapers publishing such data complete with personal information. In this case, I think it's fine for publishing discussions about the issue, including editorial opinion, but the inclusion of personal info reveals an unacceptable hubris often seen among those I consider my general allies. In a philisophical sense, it adds to the very social discord that adds to the gun problem the publisher is ostensibly concerned about. People often let their need to express their identity regarding an issue get in the way of honestly discussing the topic and engendering the cooperation and understanding needed to deal with said issue. Dealing with issues is too often all about alienating and embarrassing those with whom one disagrees, thereby making oneself feel superior while, in fact, diminishing any real prospect of finding solutions to the issue at hand.
btw, I understand and admit I'm among the very offenders I'm currently bemoaning. But when it reaches the point of publishing personal information, even this opinionated curmudgeon is repulsed.