The gun-control debate is dominating headlines and online conversations on social media, blogs and news journals like WND, and shows no sign of letting up any time soon.
So it follows that this week’s column takes a look at how it’s playing on the Internet, beginning with an article by Seton Motley of Less Government that appeared in Breitbart.com about how the left, desirous of weakening the Second Amendment, is taking aim at the Internet. Specifically, progressives want an all-out ban on online sales of ammunition.
Motley wrote: “Of course, illegal online sales of weapons and ammunition should be stopped – though the practice isn’t nearly as prevalent as the left would have you believe. But progressives are also looking to ban legal online sales through a bevy of new gun-control resolutions, including H.R. 142, which ‘would ban Internet or mail order ammunition purchases.’ Meanwhile, the state of New York just passed a ban on Internet ‘assault weapon’ sales.”
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But has Obama denounced it?
It’s an online video game that encourages players to shoot and kill National Rifle Association officials. Yikes. That’s pretty violent and totally inappropriate.
I’m not the only one who thinks aiming a bullet to the head of the National Rifle Association president is violent and totally unacceptable. Wisconsin Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner thinks so too, and wrote a letter to President Obama telling him so, urging the president to denounce “Bullet to the Head of the NRA“.
“A website entitled Facepunch allows users to download a video game inviting them to take headshots at National Rifle Association (NRA) officials,” Sensenbrenner wrote. “Making threats against public figures who speak out either for or against gun control prevents us from having a reasonable, thoughtful debate. Although we may have strong disagreements on the best ways to reduce gun violence, it is my hope that we can both agree that video games targeting specific individuals who speak out on this issue, is counterproductive.”
No word on whether Obama has yet denounced the game.
Related: WND keeps up with Second Amendment issues. A couple more sites that provide good up to date Second Amendment information that is often ahead of most others (Fast & Furious scandal broke here): Sipsey Street Irregulars and Gun Rights Examiner.
Google Barons and Harper’s Magazine.
A journalist/magazine publisher laments the free content he and others contribute to the Internet that make Google’s “new media” moguls a fortune through ad placement revenue. Harper’s Magazine publisher evencalls it stealing.
The publisher of Harper’s, a magazine that specializes in “substantive, complex and occasionally lengthy journalism and literature, and that also lives off advertising” says he’s fed up with “Google’s systematic campaign to steal everything that isn’t welded to the floor by copyright – while playing nice with its idiotic slogan, ‘Don’t be evil.’”
John R. MacArthur writes, “I’ve watched in dismay as writers, living and dead, have suffered steep drops in income and copyright control thanks to Google’s – and its smaller rivals’ – logistical support for pirating and repackaging everything that we writers, editors and publishers hold dear. From the humblest newspaper reporter to the most erudite essayist, we do the work, we invest the money and time, some of us risk our lives – and Google, broadly speaking, reaps the benefits without spending a dime.”
The solution? Internet ad-blocking services on the Internet like the one developed by Xavier Niel, owner of the web-service provider Free.
Bits & Bytes
FAA pushing to keep pilots from using their wireless devices.
As of now, all 100 members of the Senate as well as 90 percent (398 members) of the House of Representatives are on Twitter. Send them a tweet!
Let’s get physical. Your next Google password will be.
Is your Twitter account sending out spam?
Did your Twitter account get hacked? Like a virus run wild, for the past month thousands of Twitterers have been getting surprise messages like this one that warns, “Some real nasty stuff said about you here,” pointing to a link.
Blog Tips reported that unsolicited spam tweets are sent without the owner noticing it, and these tweets are sent either as “replies” or as “direct messages” to the account’s followers.
The spam tweets often follow one of these formats:
- “Exactly what are you doing on that video clip?” + link
- “Some real nasty stuff said about you here” + link
- “This guy is saying some bad things about you” + link
If you see your account sending out spam by itself, the first thing to do is to change your Twitter password. But that’s not all. Here’s what else you should do.