[At-Large] FW: Withdraw the gun database

Karl Auerbach karl at cavebear.com
Sat Jan 19 23:49:59 UTC 2013

On 01/19/2013 12:54 PM, Bill Silverstein wrote:
>> On 01/19/2013 11:43 AM, Bill Silverstein wrote:
>>>   Which amendment to the constitution provides for the right to have
>>> domain names?
>> The First.
>> Moreover the right to speech is found in many similar Constitutioal
>> statements of rights around the world, which is something that one can
>> not say about militias and infringement on bearing arms.

> Having or the lack of having a domain name does not impact speech. There
> are many services which allow one to publically speak on the internet
> without a domain name.

Really?  It seems, therefore, that you would accept being banned from
the internet because you would still have the opportunity to stand on
the street corner and shout words into the wind?

The point still stands, if the ownership of instrumentalities of great
bodily harm (guns) is worthy of privacy protection than logic compels
the conclusion that ownership of non-lethal instrumentalities such as
domain names are worthy of even greater privacy protection.

One can not consistently simultaneously argue for the current wide open
WHOIS and sealed ownership of firearms.

Only if one supports a privacy protected WHOIS can one consistently
argue for privacy protected lists of gun ownership.


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