July 16, 2004

A Slight Difference

One of the nifty things we were promised, back when the Internet was still all Gee Whiz was "intelligent agents" which would go out and find information for us. Such things have arrived, without a whole lot of hoopla. At the top of the Illinois Concealed Carry page is a scrolling banner carrying gun news headline links; a simple applet linking to a news only search engine.

One of the articles found by this agent recently is a generally evenhanded report on licensed conealed carry in Indiana and elsewhere, marred by a glaring research error. The headline asserts that Indiana second only to New York in number of gun permits per 1,000 adult residents, and is followed by a memo to See Corrections & Clarifications item below. When you get to the very bottom you find the admission that the reporter had overlooked the fact that the Indiana permits are to carry and the New York permits in question are merely to possess. It does, after all, make a difference whether your gun is in the safe or on your person should there ever be an occasion when you need it.

Posted by triticale at July 16, 2004 06:59 AM
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