Why we have the 2nd Amendment

To protect the 1st Amendment

$2.5 million judgment against blogger Crystal Cox.


The Judge stated….

“there is no evidence of any education in journalism, any credentials or proof of any affiliation with any recognized news entity or proof of adherence to journalistic standards such as editing, fact-checking or disclosures of conflicts of interest.”

That’s right folks, you now need a “press pass” for your 1st Amendment right. Now, some will point out that this is about a law that protects sources for media. But I am of the firm opinion, that such protections need to apply to all media. The foundations of our press were pamphlateers who had far more in common with bloggers than the giant media corps of today.

Now, I’m not saying whether Cox was correct in her actions, words, etc. I am just saying that there should be equal protection. And protection should not stem from the mere fact of being a part of a mega corporation.

Apparently, the battle is not over.

“She represented herself in the defamation suit, but now has legal help from UCLA Law School and blogger Eugene Volokh….Volokh has written about the First Amendment’s protection of the press, arguing it’s not solely intended for the media as an institution, but anyone doing the work of journalism”

I think the real issue to the blogger community is not whether Cox was innocent or guilty. She might very well be guilty of libel.  Rather, our issue is the basis of judment being that the judge decided a blogger does not qualify for protection of the press. (This is essentially, the same ol’ “militia” argument repeatedly made against the 2nd Amendment. Just applied to the 1st.)

Published in: on December 22, 2011 at 10:35 pm  Leave a Comment  
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NRA Annual Meeting: Day 1

I arrived in Pittsburgh Thursday evening.  I toured the Exhibit Hall floor as numerous companies erected their booths and displays. And then attended a couple of gatherings before retiring on the floor of the GunUp.com crew. It will take several days for me to post all my coverage of the NRA Annual Meeting.

Bitter Interviewed by NRA News

Sebastian’s printed magazine being curiously inspected by Cam of NRA News.

The Gathering

Colleen – she was one of the defendant’s in the McDonald vs Chicago case.

David Koppel and Dave Hardy


Afterwards I joined a gathering of fellow bloggers. Including Caleb (pictured right), who’s floor I’d crash on.

More bloggers…

The illustrious Jay G, fellow gun blogger, fellow rennie. We finally got to meet. As a former New Englander I have much sympathy for my digital friend “stuck in Massachusetts”.

But I must say, I didn’t realize people greeted one another like this in Mass.


“Rise of the Gun Bloggers”

NSSF’s May 19th issue of Bullet Points Newsletter included the following: 

“Bloggers outnumbered national reporters at the NRA’s 138th annual convention in Phoenix, according the Christian Science Monitor, whose story highlighted the growing influence of pro-gun bloggers: the often irreverent, always passionate “new media” scribes who provide an alternative viewpoint to mainstream media. Even Josh Sugarmann of the anti-gun Violence Policy Center had to hand it to the pro-gun bloggers, saying, “If you compare the pro-gun activity in the blogosphere versus the pro-gun-control activity, the scales have just tipped tremendously in their favor.” Many bloggers in Phoenix attended the 2nd Annual Second Amendment Blog Bash to compare notes and learn to how to further extend the reach of their messages. Read more in NSSF’s blog, Aiming for Accuracy.”

Christian Science Monitor article  “A rifle in one hand, a laptop in the other”

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Blogger Meet

Here we all are at T.G.I. Friday’s at Diamondback’s stadium.  Quite a few people, too many to list. But the gentleman the black suit jacket with light blue shirt and striped tie is none other than Dick Heller (as in vs. DC).


Enjoy…we’re off to bed!


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