Last night I noticed all this traffic coming to AskMissA.com from gun-related websites in New York. I did some digging, but someone from posted a comment that cleared up a lot of questions for me. Here it is:
Assemblyman Greg Ball (R,C,I-Patterson) today announced his support for the temporary suspension of a website that unlawfully posted New York State pistol owners’ personal information. While he is pleased that the database of firearm owners on “whospackingny.com” has been inactivated, Ball is pressing to make this temporary website shutdown permanent. The information contained in the database was taken from a confidential source without the consent of New York’s pistol-permit holders and posted anonymously to a public website.
“The temporary shutdown of this website is an initial step toward combating what is clearly a privacy violation, but the permanent elimination of the information posted on the website is the only way we can ensure the safety and liberty of New Yorkers,” said Ball. “Publishing this information on a website provides criminals with a map of where they can steal firearms from lawful owners for later use in the commission of crimes. Preventing the theft of guns and their criminal misuse is an important public-policy goal. This website is bad for the good guys and good for the bad guys.”
Ball multi-sponsored Assembly bill 820, legislation which would prohibit the public disclosure of information in an application for a pistol license with exceptions for prosecutors and police conducting an active investigation. The bill would protect lawful gun owners from being targeted by thieves for firearm burglaries and eliminate a database criminals could use to extort their identity-theft victims.
Ball is probably getting a crash course in how the Internets work now. Remember he also said that his use of Assembly footage in his latest ad didn’t violate rules because it was “available to the public” already and “in the public domain.” You can find the content he’s complaining about at various places:
So clearly whoever created http://www.whospackingny.com linked to my article to embarrass Greg Ball. Although, I’m a Republican and support the First and Second Amendments, I think Greg Ball has much to be embarrassed about. I appreciate the owner of the site linking to my article, and hope that the media in New York will finally investigate Greg’s 2005 campaign contributions.
– Miss A