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    http://www.nraila.org/Legislation/Read.aspx?id=3273

    A "Pillar" Of The First Amendment Discriminates Against The Second Friday, October 26, 2007

    Earlier this year, Virginia’s Roanoke Times newspaper came under intense scrutiny and near-universal condemnation after its editors made the irresponsible and dangerous choice to post a searchable database of Virginia’s Right-to-Carry permit holders on its website. In doing so, the paper provided anyone with access to the internet (including criminals) the name, home address, and permit issuance and expiration date of more than 135,000 Virginia permit holders.

    Thankfully, after hearing from outraged, law-abiding gun owners and non-gun owners alike, the paper prudently decided to remove the database from its website and not repost it, citing a “concern for public safety.”

    Now, after igniting and enduring that firestorm of criticism, the Roanoke Times is once again up to its anti-gun antics.

    Local gun show promoter “Showmasters” recently contacted the paper to advertise for its upcoming Roanoke Valley Gun Show and was told in no uncertain terms that the Roanoke Times would no longer accept advertising for gun shows. Specifically, Mary Whelchel, the Retail Advertising Manager for the paper said in an e-mail to Annette Elliott of Showmasters, “The Roanoke Times has amended their policy after the Virginia Tech massacre. It was initiated in the advertising department to be more in line with our editorial stance [emphasis added] and I think you know what that is. I have nothing good to tell you. We will no longer accept advertising from The Roanoke Valley Gun Show.” In a subsequent e-mail, Welchel qualified the paper’s stance, saying “To restate our policy, we only accept advertising for firearms and accessories from licensed dealers [emphasis added].

    In the first place, the horrible murders at Virginia Tech had nothing to do with gun shows whatsoever. Further, by mentioning the tragedy, and worse, using it for justification for their illogical decision, the paper exposes its apparent intent to exploit and sensationalize the murders to further its own internal anti-gun agenda. What’s more, Welchel plainly states the outrageous admission that the paper’s editorial stance dictates what’s allowed in the paper! How’s that for unbiased?

    Secondly, the paper’s decision to accept advertising for firearms and accessories only from licensed dealers is blatantly discriminatory. If an auto show were coming to town, would the Roanoke Times demand the licenses of every car dealer and individual vendor displaying at the show before the editorial department would grant permission to advertise the event in its paper? Of course not. That would be an arbitrary and absurd reaction. And that’s the point.

    Members and pro-gun citizens should contact the Roanoke Times to express their outrage over the paper’s blatant, ongoing anti-gun stance.

    You can reach the paper at: www.roanoke.com/; or Mary Whelchel (Retail Advertising Manager) by e-mail at mary.whelchel@roanoke.com, or by phone at (540) 981-3378.

    You can cancel your subscription by calling (540) 981-3211, or (800) 346-1234.

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    okay apparently I didn't do that right so I've just pasted the article here.


    A "Pillar" Of The First Amendment Discriminates Against The Second (attack on gun shows)
    National Rifle Association - Institute for Legislative Action ^ | October 26, 2007 | NRA

    Posted on 10/27/2007 8:14:47 AM PDT by Perseverando

    Earlier this year, Virginia’s Roanoke Times newspaper came under intense scrutiny and near-universal condemnation after its editors made the irresponsible and dangerous choice to post a searchable database of Virginia’s Right-to-Carry permit holders on its website. In doing so, the paper provided anyone with access to the internet (including criminals) the name, home address, and permit issuance and expiration date of more than 135,000 Virginia permit holders.

    Thankfully, after hearing from outraged, law-abiding gun owners and non-gun owners alike, the paper prudently decided to remove the database from its website and not repost it, citing a “concern for public safety.”

    Now, after igniting and enduring that firestorm of criticism, the Roanoke Times is once again up to its anti-gun antics.

    Local gun show promoter “Showmasters” recently contacted the paper to advertise for its upcoming Roanoke Valley Gun Show and was told in no uncertain terms that the Roanoke Times would no longer accept advertising for gun shows. Specifically, Mary Whelchel, the Retail Advertising Manager for the paper said in an e-mail to Annette Elliott of Showmasters, “The Roanoke Times has amended their policy after the Virginia Tech massacre. It was initiated in the advertising department to be more in line with our editorial stance [emphasis added] and I think you know what that is. I have nothing good to tell you. We will no longer accept advertising from The Roanoke Valley Gun Show.” In a subsequent e-mail, Welchel qualified the paper’s stance, saying “To restate our policy, we only accept advertising for firearms and accessories from licensed dealers [emphasis added].”

    In the first place, the horrible murders at Virginia Tech had nothing to do with gun shows whatsoever. Further, by mentioning the tragedy, and worse, using it for justification for their illogical decision, the paper exposes its apparent intent to exploit and sensationalize the murders to further its own internal anti-gun agenda. What’s more, Welchel plainly states the outrageous admission that the paper’s editorial stance dictates what’s allowed in the paper! How’s that for unbiased?

    Secondly, the paper’s decision to accept advertising for firearms and accessories only from licensed dealers is blatantly discriminatory. If an auto show were coming to town, would the Roanoke Times demand the licenses of every car dealer and individual vendor displaying at the show before the editorial department would grant permission to advertise the event in its paper? Of course not. That would be an arbitrary and absurd reaction. And that’s the point.

    Members and pro-gun citizens should contact the Roanoke Times to express their outrage over the paper’s blatant, ongoing anti-gun stance.

    You can reach the paper at: www.roanoke.com/; or Mary Whelchel (Retail Advertising Manager) by e-mail at mary.whelchel@roanoke.com, or by phone at (540) 981-3378.

    You can cancel your subscription by calling (540) 981-3211, or (800) 346-1234

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    You mean they are just now getting around to it.

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    Better late than never.  VCDL put this out on 10/21
    
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    1.  Roanoke Times will no longer allow any gun shows to advertise in 
    their paper!!!
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    Every time that I think the Roanoke Times has sunk as far as the 
    toilet will let them go, they seem to find a new dent in the 
    porcelain.
    
    Because of the Virginia Tech massacre, WHICH HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH 
    GUN SHOWS, the Roanoke Times is no longer accepting any advertising 
    from gun shows!
    
    What's damning for the paper is this statement from Mary Whelchel 
    with the Roanoke Times to Annette Elliott of Showmasters Gun Shows:
    
    "The Roanoke Times has amended their policy after the Virginia Tech 
    massacre.  It was initiated in the advertising department ***to be 
    more in line with our editorial stance*** and I think you know what 
    that is," said Mary Whelchel. "I have nothing good to tell you.  We 
    will no longer accept advertising from The Roanoke Valley Gun Show."
    
    I CAN'T BELIEVE IT!  So they admit that they are going to 
    discriminate against anyone or anything that their editorial 
    department doesn't agree with?!??!  How's that for censorship?
    
    We've known for a long time that their news department is influenced 
    (controlled?) by their editorial department.  Now, it appears that 
    they are publicly acknowledging that their advertising department is 
    falling into line and will also be controlled by the editorial 
    department.  They should just change their name to "Pravda" and get 
    it over with.
    
    We need to FLOOD their email and telephone lines protesting their 
    effort to silence gun shows and to silence US.
    
    We need to tie up their phone lines as long as possible.
    
    We need to cancel subscriptions to the paper (be sure to tell the 
    paper WHY you can cancelling your subscription).
    
    We need to tell those that advertise with the Roanoke Times that we 
    will not be doing business with them until they stop such advertising.
    
    We need to bury them with Letters to the Editor decrying their 
    foolishness and unfair attacks on a business that had NOTHING to do 
    with the massacre at Virginia Tech.
    
    We need to send letters to other papers to light a fire under the 
    bigots that run the Roanoke Times (the same paper where columnist 
    Christian Trejbal basically called the people in western Virginia 
    knuckle-dragging racists).  The rest of Virginia needs to know that 
    the Roanoke Times has picked an innocent scapegoat to beat and that 
    is wrong and shameful.
    
    We need to have a huge turnout at the Showmasters Gun Show next 
    weekend in Roanoke just to send a message to the Roanoke Times! Bring 
    your friends and family, too! (http://www.showmasters.us)
    
    The bottom line is we need to hit the Roanoke Times in their pocket 
    book every time we get the chance.  The Roanoke Times laid off a 
    bunch of employees earlier this year, let's keep the pressure on 
    until they realize that there will be a stiff price to pay for 
    attacking the people and businesses they are supposed to be serving.
    
    Here is the contact info, VCDL.  LET'S ROLL with emails over the 
    weekend and then a volley of phone calls on Monday!  Let's make them 
    rue the day that they ever thought to blame you, me and Showmasters 
    for what Cho did.
    
    Roanoke Times Contact Information:
    
    Cancel your subscriptions: (540) 981-3211 or (800) 346-1234
    
    mary.whelchel@roanoke.com  (540) 981-3378 Retail Head Advertising
    temika.hopson@roanoke.com  (540) 981-3329
    daniel.mirenda@roanoke.com (540) 981-3398
    debbie.meade@roanoke.com    Director Retail Sales
    
    karen.trout@roanoke.com     Letters to the editor
    
    onlineadvertising@roanoke.com
    adinfo@roanoke.com
    classifieds@roanoke.com
    
    To cancel online go to www.roanoke.com, click Contact Us, click Home 
    Delivery, click For any other reasons, fill in form, Message: cancel 
    subscription & give refund and click Continue.  You're done!

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    It amazes me how people can cherry pick the Constitutional Amendments they like and will back.

    Either you love them all, or none.

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    thanks.

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    Dupe and merged. You were beaten by about 4 hours B.R.A.S.S.

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