On Monday, the state government of California rolled out a new website that ended up leaking personal information about gun owners across the state, exposing their names, addresses, and race, among other information.
The Daily Wire reports that the website, the 2022 Firearms Dashboard Portal, has since gone offline once the data exposure was called out. Initially made available through the state’s OpenJustice Data Platform, Attorney General Rob Bonta (D-Calif.) had previously announced the website as a measure to “improve transparency and information sharing” about gun-related information in the state of California. Bonta claimed that such a resource would improve public access to data on firearms in California, as well as information about concealed-carry permits and gun violence-related restraining orders.
Following the data breach, the California Department of Justice put out a statement declaring that it would be “investigating an exposure of individuals’ personal information connected to the DOJ Firearms Dashboard.”
“Any unauthorized release of personal information is unacceptable,” the statement continued. “We are working swiftly to address this situation and will provide additional information as soon as possible.”
Included in the data breach was the personal information of 244 judge permits, seven custodial officers, 63 people with place of employment permits, and 420 reserved officers, all within Los Angeles County. The leak also revealed the personal information of 2,891 citizens with standard concealed-carry permits in Los Angeles.
Chuck Michel, President of the California Rifle and Pistol Association, reacted by blaming the leak on “vindictive sore loser bureaucrats,” who “have endangered people’s lives and invited conflict by illegally releasing confidential private information.” Michel added that “litigation is likely,” and that his group would be working closely with several state legislators and sheriffs to determine the full extent of the data breach before proceeding legally.
Prior to the leak, Bonta had promoted the website as […]
Will America-First News Outlets Make it to 2023?
Things are looking grim for conservative and populist news sites.
There’s something happening behind the scenes at several popular conservative news outlets. 2021 was bad, but 2022 is proving to be disastrous for news sites that aren’t “playing ball” with the corporate media narrative. It’s being said that advertisers are cracking down, forcing some of the biggest ad networks like Google and Yahoo to pull their inventory from conservative outlets. This has had two major effects. First, it has cooled most conservative outlets from discussing “taboo” topics like Pandemic Panic Theater, voter fraud, or The Great Reset. Second, it has isolated those ad networks that aren’t playing ball.
Certain topics are anathema for most ad networks. Speaking out against vaccines or vaccine mandates is a certain path to being demonetized. Highlighting voter fraud in the 2020 and future elections is another instant advertising death penalty. Throw in truthful stories about climate change hysteria, Critical Race Theory, and the border crisis and it’s easy to understand how difficult it is for America-First news outlets to spread the facts, share conservative opinions, and still pay the bills.
Without naming names, I have been told of several news outlets who have been forced to either consolidate with larger organizations or who have backed down on covering certain topics out of fear of being “canceled” by the ad networks. I get it. This is a business for many of us and it’s not very profitable. Those of us who do this for a living are often barely squeaking by, so loss of additional revenue can often mean being forced to make cuts. That means not being able to cover the topics properly. Its a Catch-22: Tell the truth and lose the money necessary to keep telling the truth, or avoid the truth and make enough money to survive. Those who have chosen survival simply aren’t able to spread the truth properly.
We will never avoid the truth. The Lord will provide if it is His will. Our job is simply to share the facts, spread the Gospel, and educate as many Americans as possible while exposing the forces of evil.
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