Newspaper advertisers should have the same scrutiny
The corporate lobby organization that represents the print division of the media/entertainment industry in New Jersey put out a statement today in opposition to legislation that would bar the state from releasing the names of legal firearm owners in New Jersey. The bill, A-3788, seeks to protect innocent law-abiding citizens from having their personal details (name, home address, and so on) released to predators and others.
The concern is that criminals (such as former Democrat State Committee Chair and Democrat Assembly Majority Leader Bonnie Watson Coleman’s sons) will use the list to target, stalk, and burglarize the homes of innocent law-abiding citizens in order to secure firearms to commit crimes (in the Case of Assemblywoman Watson Coleman’s sons, robbing a children’s store at gunpoint). Because of the bad economy, high unemployment, and high property taxes, many New Jersey voters are forced to live in crime-infested neighborhoods. Many single mothers, senior citizens, and disabled neighbors keep legal firearms for self-protection against criminals (such as former Democrat State Committee Chair and Democrat Assembly Majority Leader Joe Cryan’s son, who severely beat a motorist with a baseball bat) and they fear that they would be targeted by criminals.
We all know what newspapers are. They are for-profit corporate entities that exist to make as much money for their owners as possible. The profitable bits of a newspaper - the part that pays for the content - are the advertisements put in by businesses wanting to sell everything from used cars to violent entertainment to sex. We need to hold these advertisers responsible when they support an industry whose corporate lobbyist shows a reckless disregard for the safety and lives of innocent law-abiding citizens.
Based on the outcome of legislative action on A-3788, CNJ will research the pages of the publications of those for-profit corporations represented by said corporate lobbyist. CNJ will identify those corporate advertisers responsible, research their corporate records, and identify their officers, directors, owners, and shareholders - and publish the same information about them that they want released.
Once published, CNJ will ask that people use their First Amendment rights to contact those responsible and urge them to do everything in their power to protect the safety and lives of innocent law-abiding citizens.
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