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GRNC vs WRAL-TV5


WRAL TV5 has decided to post a database of individuals that hold Concealed Carry Permits in NC. Now, YES, that is PUBLIC INFORMATION BUT—– To get that information, you must request it, in writing, through the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.

Grass Roots North Carolina, a gun advocacy group, has released a little “TO DO” list. The info below describes in detail what is requested. The ball is in YOUR COURT now.

Say NO to WRAL and ALL of their Advertisers.

 

 

 

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DELIVER A MESSAGE TO WRAL-TV

On Thursday, WRAL-TV published an article on its site entitled “Rural areas lead in concealed weapons permit rates.” Unfortunately, within the article a section entitled “Find concealed carry permit-holders in your area” contained a database of permit-holders searchable by address, potentially revealing to criminals the homes from which firearms may be stolen.

WRAL web editor Kelly Hinchcliffe responded to complaints by insisting that permit information is public record, ignoring the fact that obtaining it requires a written request to the State Bureau of Investigation. Moreover, although the names of permit-holders were not disclosed, the partial address information (including apartment numbers), particularly on small streets, makes it possible for criminals to target specific homes for theft.

A lengthy conversation with WRAL General Manager Steve Hammel, while pleasant, produced no significant movement on the part of the station. Their position is that they have sufficiently de-identified the address information. When it was noted that street numbers had appeared initially for some records, he noted that it had been corrected by Friday. He also said they would “look at” trailing apartment numbers which are still part of the addresses. But the bottom line is that the station refuses to pull the link.

 

TIME FOR ACTION

It has been longstanding policy at GRNC that any media attempt to invade the privacy of either handgun purchase permit-holders or concealed handgun permit-holders would be met with economic action against the media outlet and its advertisers. It is now time for you to act: Help GRNC make an example that will leave an impression on media outlets to discourage them from further acts of journalistic irresponsibility!

 

GLASS HOUSES?

In an apparent attempt to shame gun owners, some media outlets have a history of publishing the names of gun purchasers. But that was many years ago, before the advent of the Internet. Things are now far more reciprocal. So let’s talk a bit about reporter Mark Binker, the apparent engineer of the piece to reveal concealed handgun permit-holders.

But first, an admonition: DO NOT THREATEN OR HARASS MARK BINKER. If you contact him to express your disappointment with the article …

BE POLITE, DO NOT THREATEN, and CALL OR EMAIL ONLY ONCE!

 

 

MEET MARK BINKER

Mark Gerald Binker is an up-and-coming reporter. After making an excellent career move in leaving the Greensboro News & Record just three months ago, he landed a job with WRAL-TV. Mark and his lovely wife, Marla J. Binker, reside at 17XX Chadstone Ct., Raleigh, NC 27615-7403. His cell number is 919-621-0970 and his work email is mbinker@wral.com.

Mark has exceptional media experience, including:

1987-1991, 1997: Interim Reporter, Capital News Service, College Park, MD.

1996-1997: Associate Editor, CD Publications, Silver Springs, MD.

1998-2000: Suburban Staff Writer, Philadelphia Enquirer, Philadelphia, PA

2000-2005: Business/ local/ government Reporter, News & Record, Greensboro, NC

2005-March 2012: State Government & Politics Reporter, News & Record, Greensboro, NC

March 2012- Present: Multimedia Investigative Reporter, WRAL TV, Raleigh, NC

Mr. Binker is also very well educated, having received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (1995) at The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD; and his Masters of Arts in Journalism (1997 University of Maryland, College Park, MD).

Happily, Mark is one of the few reporters who is not a registered Democrat. According to the State Board of Elections, he is registered as Unaffiliated, with a gender of male, a race of white, and an ethnicity of “undesignated.” His voter registration number is 000099949361, his registration date is 08/29/2005, and his precinct is 01-42. For better or worse, he is, in fact, eligible to vote.

But it is Mark’s family for which he truly deserves commendation. In addition to his lovely wife Marla, whom he married slightly less than twelve years ago, Mark enjoys two fine sons, Mason and Max. (Mark, Marla, Mason and Max. Cute, no?)

Marla herself seems quite talented, with photo credits to her name, plus what appears to be a fascinating history of her family, from which it appears her maiden name was Smith and her family, perhaps, originally Jewish Russian. She keeps extensive photo albums of the family’s activities, including a Portland vacation, Christmases, birthday parties, pony rides and sailing expeditions in Washington state’s Gig Harbor.

But Mark is no slouch either, as evidenced by “adventures of the Binker family in Raleigh, NC.” The Binkers enjoy Disneyland vacations and, apparently, a strong family bond.

In deference to the fact that Mark’s article didn’t QUITE reveal the most personal information of concealed handgun permit-holders, we have withheld Mark’s exact address and additional information about his family even though they are available on the Internet as what WRAL apologist Kelly Hinchcliffe calls “public information.”

 

 Immediate Action Required

We need you to do three things:

1.       CONTACT WRAL GENERAL MANAGER STEVE HAMMEL and let him know that you will shun both the station and its advertisers until such time that the concealed handgun permit-holder search engine is removed and an apology is made to NC permit-holders;

2.       CONTACT WRAL ADVERTISER CHRIS LEITH DODGE and let them know they are advertising with a media outlet bent on attacking gun rights, and that they should withdraw their advertising immediately.

3.       CONTACT WRAL REPORTER MARK BINKER and politely let him know you don’t appreciate the invasion of the privacy of concealed handgun permit-holders.

 

 CONTACT INFO

WRAL-TV General Manager STEVE HAMMEL: Email shammel@wral.com AND call him personally in his office at: 919-821-8520

WRAL advertiser CHRIS LEATH: Email sales@chrisleithdodge.com AND call him personally in his office at: 919-821-8520

Contact WRAL reporter MARK BINKER at: Aw, heck, you probably saw that in the article above.

Deliver This Message

Again: DO NOT BE RUDE OR THREATENING

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To Chris Leith Dodge:

Dear Mr. Leith:

Unfortunately, your advertising dollars are being used to attack my rights. I’m sorry you have been caught up in this, but one of your major advertising venues, WRAL-TV, has attacked the rights of lawful North Carolina gun owners, subjecting them to criminal predation by releasing nearly complete addresses of concealed handgun permit-holders.

As you are probably aware, NC concealed handgun permit-holders are overwhelmingly law-abiding, politically conservative and fiscally responsible, making us your best customers.

Although I’m sure you have no intent to attack the right to keep and bear arms, your advertising dollars are being used to do precisely that. As such, I am asking you to contact WRAL and tell them to stop attacking law-abiding citizens and apologize for the attacks they have so far made.

If they fail to respond to your entreaties, I further ask that you withdraw all advertising expenditures from the station and let me know so that I can tout your Dodge truck dealership to lawful gun owners statewide as one who supports the rights of lawful Americans.

I look forward to patronizing your dealerships as supporters of the United States Constitution.

Respectfully,

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To WRAL & Mark Binker:

Gentlemen:

I find it difficult to fathom that you would be so journalistically irresponsible as to publish even partial addresses of concealed handgun permit-holders. Ignoring the fact that this group is overwhelmingly responsible, with a rate of criminal prosecutions just a fraction of the general population; ignoring the fact that permit-holders are threats to no one, making their location irrelevant to your readership, it amazes me that your legal department would allow you to print what may be tantamount to an invitation to burglarize unoccupied homes.

Your claims that the information is already public ring hollow: In truth, getting it requires a written inquiry from the State Bureau of Investigation. In truth, you are compromising the personal information of law-abiding North Carolinians not for public benefit, but instead as part of your effort to undermine the right to keep and bear arms.

Remove the information from your site immediately and make apologies to the concealed handgun permit-holders you have threatened. If you fail to do so, I will not only stop patronizing your station and website, I will actively work to deny you advertising revenue.

Respectfully,

TWITTER BLAST

Twitter users: send a message via this powerful social media by clicking the link below:

Take down the CHP database @WRAL and @Binker. #GRNC members will not stand for the invasion of privacy. http://bit.ly/Mrr4Re

It’s time for GRNC Supporters and Law Abiding

Gun Owners to CHEW A LITTLE WRAL BEHIND!


UPDATE:  July 19, 2012 Statement from Chris Leigh Auto Group

Article Date: Thu, July 19, 2012

As you may be aware WRAL published an article that upset many of our customers and members of our community. The people affected were those like me; strong believers in our US Constitution and our 2nd amendment rights. Somehow I wound up in the crosshairs of this firestorm, and that’s not a problem. Now I can take action.

Of the hundreds of advertisers with WRAL, some blogger or bloggers instructed it’s readers to contact me and only me, to let me know that my ad dollars were funding WRAL’s attack on North Carolina gun owners and their rights. I don’t disagree with that sentiment, plus there are many more merchants that spend much more to advertize on WRAL than me so I’m sure these bloggers are not done with their work.

As for me and my company, I’m a concerned citizen and strong believer in our constitutional rights. I have made contact with WRAL and I have instructed them to remove anything that bears the Chris Leith name. At this point they have chosen not to pull the article and therefore I have severed ties with them. I really hate that this situation has occurred and I hope my actions will speak louder than words.

God Bless America – Chris Leith

http://www.chrisleithdodge.com/news/index.cfm/action/view_information_on_recent_wral_article/article/3174/

 


Respectfully submitted by SilenceDogood2010 this Seventeenth Day of July in the Year of our Lord, Two Thousand Twelve.

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Message from the NRA-ILA

NRA Fights for Second Amendment as U.N. Moves Forward on Arms Trade Treaty

 

Posted on July 13, 2012

 

As the U.N. Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty entered its second week of negotiations, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre addressed the conference and made the position of the NRA and American gun owners crystal clear: No treaty that includes civilian arms is acceptable.

 

Here is the text of the speech:

Mr. President, thank you for this brief opportunity to address this conference. I am Wayne LaPierre and for 21 years now, I have served as Executive Vice President of the National Rifle Association of America.

 

The NRA is the largest and most active firearms rights organization in the world, with four million members who represent 100 million law-abiding Americans who own firearms.

 

On behalf of those 100 million American gun owners, I am here to announce NRA’s strong opposition to anti-freedom policies that disregard American citizens’ right to self-defense.

 

No foreign influence has jurisdiction over the freedoms our Founding Fathers guaranteed to us.

 

We will not stand idly by while international organizations, whether state-based or stateless, attempt to undermine the fundamental liberties that our men and women in uniform have fought so bravely to preserve – and on which our entire American system of government is based.

 

For six years, the NRA has closely monitored this effort for an Arms Trade Treaty.

 

We have watched with increasing concern and, one year ago, I delivered to the Preparatory Committee our objections to including civilian arms in the ATT. I said then … and I will repeat now … that the only way to address NRA’s objections is to simply and completely remove civilian firearms from the scope of the treaty.

 

That is the only solution. On that there will be no compromise. American gun owners will never surrender our Second Amendment freedom. PERIOD.

 

Our Founding Fathers wrote the Second Amendment so Americans would never have to live in tyranny.

 

For any foreign entity to attempt to encroach on that great freedom is offensive to every American who has ever breathed our free air, or who has ever used a firearm to fend off an evil attacker – whether a criminal breaking into their home, or in defense of their family against a tyrant halfway around the world.

 

Our Second Amendment is freedom’s most valuable, most cherished, most irreplaceable idea. History proves it. When you ignore the right of good people to own firearms to protect their freedom, you become the enablers of future tyrants whose regimes will destroy millions and millions of defenseless lives.

 

Without apology, the NRA wants no part of any treaty that infringes on the precious right of lawful Americans to keep and bear arms.

 

Let there be no confusion. Any treaty that includes civilian firearms ownership in its scope will be met with the NRA’s greatest force of opposition.

 

Mr. President, there are those who believe that merely excluding civilian firearms from the ATT preamble will be sufficient.

 

Let me state – in the clearest possible terms – that it is not. A preamble to a treaty has no force of law. We know that, and a strong bipartisan majority of the United States Senate and House of Representatives know it as well.

 

Any Arms Trade Treaty must be adopted by two-thirds of the U.S. Senate, which has 100 members. Already, 58 Senators have objected to any treaty that includes civilian arms, and a majority of the U.S. House of Representatives also opposes such a treaty.

 

The NRA represents hundreds of millions of Americans who will never surrender our fundamental firearms freedom to international standards, agreements, or consensus.

 

America will always stand as a symbol of freedom and the overwhelming force of a free, armed citizenry to protect and preserve it.

 

On behalf of all NRA members and American gun owners, we are here to announce that we will not tolerate any attack – from any entity or organization whatsoever – on our Constitution or our fundamental, individual Right to Keep and Bear Arms.

 

Thank you.

To watch the speech, use this link.
This speech is the culmination of nearly 20 years of NRA involvement in U.N. gun control issues in general, and the push for an Arms Trade Treaty in particular. Until 2009, the U.S. opposed the ATT. The Obama administration changed that position and agreed to move ahead with negotiations.

 

Proponents of the treaty continue to claim that the treaty will have no impact on American firearms laws.  But, as LaPierre explained in his speech to the conference’s “Preparatory Committee” last summer, inclusion of civilian arms would necessitate the imposition of gun registration and owner licensing and vast new record keeping and tracking requirements.

 

Proposals made at the conference bear out those concerns. Draft language circulated so far contains no recognition of citizens’ rights–only the so-called “right of states.” And while the language assumes that arms cause conflict, there is no admission that arms in the hands of citizens can be used to resist tyranny or even to prevent crime.  Various provisions also refer to organized crime, to creation of a “national control system” and to regulation of “end users,” all implying new domestic controls under the guidance of a permanent U.N. bureaucracy.

 

Perhaps most important on a practical level is that the current draft’s “scope” includes all civilian arms and ammunition. Mexico in particular has advocated this in countless statements to the conference. Mexico even argued briefly that the treaty should include items such as bows, arrows and swords, but quickly backed away from the embarrassing position.

 

The inclusion of civilian arms in the treaty is a direct threat to the Second Amendment with far-reaching implications. Without the strong opposition of the United States, it is significantly more likely the final treaty will include the firearms that our Second Amendment protects.

 

Key Facts About the ATT (Arms Trade Treaty)

 

Gun owners must understand the true threat this treaty poses and also the actions that are required for the treaty to have force in the U.S. The treaty poses a very real threat, and gun owners can maximize our efforts to prevent ratification of the treaty by understanding those threats. Here are answers to some common questions about the treaty process.

 

When will the treaty be signed?

 

The U. N. will finish drafting the Arms Trade Treaty in late July. It will then be sent to the U.N. General Assembly for approval. After General Assembly approval (likely this fall), many member states are expected to immediately sign on. But there is no deadline for doing so, no date for signing has been set, and the treaty does not need any particular number of signatories to “pass.”

 

Heads of state, or their designees, can sign international treaties at any time, even years or decades later. However, for political reasons, President Obama might choose not to sign immediately while facing reelection. Also, even if the president were to sign the treaty right away, he is not required to send the treaty to the Senate for ratification at any specific time. Nor is there usually any deadline for ratification. (For example, in 1997, President Clinton signed an anti-gun treaty negotiated through the Organization of American States; the U.S. still hasn’t ratified that treaty.)

 

Currently, 58 senators are on record in strong opposition to the treaty if it includes civilian firearms, as is widely expected. In addition, as we reported last week, 130 members of the U.S. House have also written to President Obama, expressing similar concerns.

 

What will be the treaty’s effects?

 

Treaty advocates falsely claim that the treaty will have no impact on national gun laws. Proponents have repeatedly called for the treaty to cover civilian arms and to require national systems of licensing, registration and other restrictions.

 

The threat to our Second Amendment rights posed by the treaty are real, but the process for ratifying the treaty gives gun owners the time and the ability to block ratification–if we take action to hold our elected officials accountable.

 

What force would the treaty have under U.S. law if the Senate ratified it?

 

A treaty could have a severe effect, as described above, but it would not override the Constitution.

 

Treaties have the same legal standing as laws passed by Congress.  They cannot override the Constitution and they are subject to constitutional challenge.  However, they can override statutes passed prior to ratification of the treaty.

 

This means any restrictions imposed directly by a U.N. treaty, or indirectly by congressional legislation or executive action to implement a treaty, would have to be challenged on their own merits under the Second Amendment. Obviously, it would be far better to prevent an anti-gun treaty from being signed or ratified in the first place.

 

Can the President bypass the ratification process?

 

Strictly speaking, no. But an anti-gun administration could still try to use the treaty to impose gun control in the U.S.

 

Even if the Senate defeats any effort to ratify the treaty, anti-gun activists in the administration could argue that, under customary international law, the U.S. must implement the treaty’s restrictions lest we violate its “object and purpose.”

 

This tactic has been used before. For example, the United States has never ratified the U.N. Law of the Sea treaty, but treats parts of that treaty as binding on the U.S.

 

The Obama administration could easily take the same approach with respect to an Arms Trade Treaty–for instance, by arguing in court that a narrow interpretation of the Second Amendment is necessary to comply with our obligations under “customary international law.”

Other links and general info will be added below:

 

 

 

http://blog.heritage.org/2012/07/13/the-u-n-arms-trade-treaty-and-the-second-amendment/

 

 

 

 

 

Respectfully submitted by SilenceDogood2010 this Fourteenth Day of July in the Year of our Lord, Two Thousand Twelve.

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Chicago has the honor of having the strictest “GUN CONTROL” laws in the nation. They also have the fine distinction of another honor that goes hand in hand with this…… the MOST DEAD LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS!

My personal request to any and all LEO’s out there. Please support the RIGHT of US Citizens to Keep & Bear Arms.  A law abiding citizen, such as myself, just might save your life one day. But we can’t do it if we aren’t allowed to be armed.



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By Mike Bauman

The City of Chicago has some of the most restrictive gun control laws in the nation.  Up until a few months ago, it was illegal for a private citizen to own or possess a handgun anywhere within the city, including in one’s own home.  For 2010, Chicago also holds another distinction.  More Chicago Police Officers were killed by gunfire this year than any other police agency in the nation.  The city also boasts one of the highest violent crime rates in the country, with 1 in 89 residents being victims of violent crime last year.

According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, Inc., the City of Chicago had five police officers killed in the line of duty this year.  Four of those were killed by gunfire.  This, despite the fact that until June of this year, Chicago did not allow the licensing of handguns.  In order to lawfully possess a handgun in Chicago, a citizen was required to have a license.  In effect, the Chicago law banned having any type of handgun.

In June, the Supreme Court ruled Chicago’s ban violated its citizens’ Second Amendment Rights.  Long-time Chicago Mayor, Richard Daley, and the Chicago City Council, then reworked the city’s laws, making it possible, but extremely expensive and difficult, to obtain a handgun license, clinging desperately to the hope that strict gun control laws would decrease crime in their city.  When asked by Mick Dumke, of the Chicago Reader, if the city’s firearms restrictions had helped, given the city’s high rate of violent crime, Daley picked up a rifle from a news conference display and  responded, “If I put this up your—ha!—your butt—ha ha!—you’ll find out how effective this is!”

In this case, it would appear more restrictions on firearms do not equal a safer community.

Respectfully submitted by SilenceDogood2010 this Seventh Day of January in the Year of our Lord, Two Thousand Eleven.

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And when I mention Stupid, I’m referring to Supreme Court Justice Stephen Gerald Breyer.

Justice Stephen G. Breyer

Mr. Breyer (Note: I will no longer refer to him as ‘The Honorable’) I would like to ask you a question;

Where in the Wide, Wide World of Sports do YOU get the idea that the Founding Fathers wanted “Regulations on Firearms”?

They were pretty clear when they wrote the 2nd Amendment. As my pal Bubba states clearly in PART 2 below, the most important part of the 2nd Amendment is the Period at the end. What that means sir, is that the Founding Fathers were finished with the 2nd Amendment and they moved onto the 3rd Amendment. No IFs, ANDs, or BUTs; Conditions; Locations; during States of Emergency (take note here Governor Perdue); or any other Liberal Nonsense.

I would urge Mr Breyer to watch these 2 clips;

Respectfully submitted by SilenceDogood2010 this Thirteenth Day of December in the Year of our Lord, Two Thousand Ten.

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Update on April 9, 2013 

Please read the comment below from “Cheryl Manager”.  Please accept my apologies for my error on this particular incident.    

  

On Saturday November 6, 2010 two armed criminals entered a pawn shop in Fayetteville, NC and killed 19 year old clerk Kyle Harris. Might I also point out that Mr. Harris is Caucasian and the 2 criminals are Black. Is this going to be prosecuted as a “Hate Crime” too? But that’s a different subject altogether.

The purpose of this posting is to point out that criminals “PREY” on places such as this pawn shop that refuses to allow Legal Weapons on their premises.

Screen grab from WTVD’s Video on the story. Note the “No Firearms” signage on the window. Click for larger image.

Quite possibly, this young man would still be alive today IF firearms were not BANNED in this establishment. More proof that the Liberal Mentality of Restricting/Regulating firearm possession does NOT work!

Image via WTVD of the murdered Kyle Harris

Image from WTVD of the murderers

Link to the WTVD News Story

WTVD’s  News Story from Monday November 8th with video.

SilenceDogood2010 has the opinion that all of these Liberal induced gun control measures do not work to make our society a safer place to work and live. These criminal cowards that hunt and prey on us need to be sent a clear message. We will not tolerate this behavior anymore.

Since the NC General Assembly now has a ‘Conservative’ majority, I would urge each and every concerned citizen to call or write your House and Senate Representative. If enough of the citizens here in NC push to repeal or eliminate some of these restrictions, then maybe, just maybe we can eliminate a lot of these crimes. Remember, ‘An Armed Society is a Polite Society‘.

If you do not know how to find your NC House or NC Senate member, here is a link to assist you:

Use the “Who Represents Me?” section located on the right hand side HERE.


Silence is firm believer in the 2nd Amendment right to BEAR ARMS. This means you can have your weapon on you at all times. In the Grocery Store; At the Doctors Office; At your son or daughters soccer game; While purchasing your lunch or dinner— even in a restaurant that serves spirits; While paying your taxes in person at your local County Courthouse. Our 2nd Amendment, and Section 30 of our NC Constitution, BOTH insure that this right shall not be infringed….Period.

Respectfully submitted by SilenceDogood2010 this Thirteenth day of November in the Year of our Lord, Two Thousand Ten.

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Mark your calendars Patriots.

What: Triangle Open Carry Dinner (Open carry your firearms and enjoy a meal with like minded individuals who believe in the 2nd Amendment to the US Constitution)

When: Saturday – November 6, 2010 at 7:00pm

Where: Chick-Fil-A 1803 North Harrison Ave. Cary, NC 27513

Event info can be found here or here

Citizens using their 2nd Amendment RIGHTS in public

Woman at the Open Carry "Restore the Constitution" rally in Greensboro, NC on August 14, 2010

Anybody like to bet me that this restaurant will NOT be robbed while we are there????

Respectfully submitted by SilenceDogood2010 this Fifth Day of November in the Year of our Lord, Two Thousand Ten.

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This needs no words to describe it. Go grab your Children & Grandchildren, Nieces & Nephews, and sit them down to watch this few minutes of video. Thank you to Louisiana Gun & remember, this is the “Sacred Flame of the American Way

Here is the link:

http://atorchwithnoflame.com/

Respectfully submitted by SilenceDogood2010 this Eighteenth Day of August in the Year of our Lord, Two Thousand Ten.

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