Newspaper Really, Really Didn't Mean to Offend Gun NutsS

The Memphis Commercial-Appeal posted on its website a publicly available list of citizens who have concealed weapons permits. Did this cause gun nuts to go crazy, terrifying the newspaper's editors? You bet!

By late last week, Commercial Appeal executives were receiving as many as 600 e-mails a day, along with dozens of phone calls at home, at work and on their cell phones. Maps to their houses, with ominous warnings, had been posted online.

The editors of the Memphis Commercial-Appeal really, sincerely want all of you heavily armed wingnuts to know: we agree with you! On everything! Really!

— Wrong idea No. 1: The newspaper is against the Second Amendment that gives Americans the right to keep and bear arms...

This newspaper isn't soft on crime. We know that crime is the No. 1 issue that needs to be addressed in Memphis. We urge public officials to get tough on crime. We back Republican-led efforts to take a hard line on gun crimes and repeat offenders...

The newspaper isn't anti-gun.

See, intimidation free speech works! [Commercial Appeal]