Friday, September 22, 2023

Nate Jackson: California Doxxes Gun Owners

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If you’ve seen the Netflix hit show “Stranger Things,” you know that much of the action hinges on an alternate dimension called the Upside Down. Everything in the Upside Down is in ruins and run by evil monsters — it’s backwards, time is stopped there, and it’s generally wrecked compared with our world.

In other words, it’s California.

You see, in California, the criminals go free and the law-abiding citizens have their private information leaked to the public. Thugs in San Francisco can snatch all kinds of things from stores without fear of prosecution or even arrest — to the point that many stores have closed for good. Meanwhile, concealed carry permit holders, who are on average more law-abiding than police, have been outed and endangered. By the state’s attorney general, no less.

Talk about upside down.

“As part of a Democrat-led effort to ‘better understand the role and potential dangers of firearms,’ California inadvertently leaked private information about every concealed-carry permit holder in the state,” reports The Washington Free Beacon. “The California Department of Justice on Monday mistakenly posted the personal details of concealed-carry permit holders when it launched its 2022 Firearms Dashboard Portal. The information included the full name, birthday, race, and address of every permit holder in the state, as well as the date permits were issued.”

Was it an inadvertent mistake, though?

This is precisely why gun owners warn about privacy violations — among other problems — nearly inherent in databases of people exercising their Second Amendment rights. California’s doxxing is a great example of (one reason) why any kind of gun registry is a terrible idea. Democrats run California, and Democrats are overtly hostile to the Second Amendment. When you think “guns are the problem,” you’re going to do stuff like this.

It’s not just an inconvenience, either. Given the hatred leftists have for conservatives these days, and the drastically increased crime both in California and nationwide, there’s a very real safety risk. Said Chuck Michel, president of the California Rifle & Pistol Association advocacy group, “The attorney general has put the lives of judges, prosecutors, domestic violence victims and everyday citizens at risk by releasing this sensitive confidential information that gives criminals a map to their homes.”

State Attorney General Rob Bonta called the release “unacceptable.” He added: “We acknowledge the stress this may cause those individuals whose information was exposed. I am deeply disturbed and angered.”

Was it coincidence that the leak happened on Monday, just days after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the right of the people to bear arms? Many blue states are scrambling to update their laws following the Court’s ruling on concealed carry permitting, and — out on a limb — Democrats will be doing so in the most constrictive ways they can think of.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul moaned, “The Supreme Court, less than a week ago, turned our world upside down.” Well, when your world is the Upside Down, right side up does seem strange.

In California, Governor Gavin Newsom plans to sign 16 gun-related bills in the near future, including allowing legal action against manufacturers if their guns are used in crimes. Other Democrat governors are champing at the bit to do likewise.

This hostility to gun rights is a huge threat to Liberty and to individual Americans. In fact, tyrannical government is the primary reason we have a Second Amendment in the first place. Hochul, Newsom, and Co. would do well to remember that.

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