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Anonymous Anti-Gun Activist Wants to Dox Washington Gun Owners

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An individual recently filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to acquire the names and addresses of gun owners who have turned in their bump stocks to the police.

John Crump of AmmoLand reports that this individual made such a request “to create a publicly searchable database of these former owners.”

AmmoLand confirmed that the Washington State Patrol mailed out a letter that informed former bump stock owners that they received a FOIA request to build an online database. According to Crump, “The letter set the gun world on fire.”

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This request is reminiscent to when a newspaper in New York state planned on posting a map of gun owners in order to humiliate them for owning firearms. Crump asserted that the publication of this information at the time would have acted “as a map to locations where criminals could likely find guns to steal, putting owners a greater risk.”

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Crump posted an overview of the public records request:

“This is a public records request.

I seek to inspect any and all completed WSP bump stock buy back forms.

I seek to obtain the names and addresses where checks will be mailed for the bump stock buy-back program.

My intent is to create a searchable database and map of Washington state to overlay the locations.

The public has a right to know that these dangerous devices may have been in neighborhoods that they live in and who has previously owned such devices.”

Crump confirmed with Gretchen Doland of the Washington State Patrol that there was a letter sent out to gun owners informing them of the FOIA request to build an online database.

The information will be released unless a court order is filed by April 26th.

Dolan told AmmoLand, “If we don’t receive a court order, we will release the information of those that turned in bump stocks.”

According to Crump, there were two FOIA requests made.

The first request was made by Paul Holgate. Dolan revealed that the Holgate did not list a reason for the FOIA request.  On a phone call with Dolan, AmmoLand confirmed that a reason is not required to make a FOIA request.

According to AmmoLand, Holgate is a Second Amendment advocate who was “trying to figure out what information they are storing on gun owners. I am just trying to keep them honest.”

AmmoLand verified Holgate’s story and found out that he has a history of pro-gun activities.

The second person making a FOIA request was Yati Arguna.

Based on extensive research, AmmoLand was not able to find any information on Arguna, the person who wants to build the database.

They suspect that the email Arguna used was a “burner” account. It has never been used anywhere on the Internet except for this FOIA request. AmmoLand could not find any information such as a place of residence, a phone, a job held, or a parking ticket to the name of Yati Arguna.

Additionally, Arguna did not list a home address or phone number.

Despite this lack of information, the Washington State Patrol is still going to release the information to Arguna.

In response, AmmoLand reached out to Gun Owners of America about the letter. Executive Director Erich Pratt was angry at this news and told AmmoLand that “Gun Owners of America and Gun Owners Foundation is looking into this matter.”

Pratt understands the implications of this move:

“This is an outrageous violation of privacy to dox individuals who complied with this law. This opens up these individuals to theft and harassment from anti-gun activists.”

AmmoLand has vowed to continue investigating into this manner.

Indeed, Washington was one of the states most affected by the 2018 gun control wave after the Parkland shooting.

Anti-gun forces have largely been shut out of power at the federal level, so they are now turning towards state legislatures or extralegal means to harass gun owners.

As more information becomes digital, gun owners face very real privacy threats from anti-gun activists and hackers.

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CRISIS: America has a Major Birth Rate Problem

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Ronald Bailey of Reason Magazine reported that American women are having less children.

He drew his piece from the latest report from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

“The general fertility rate was 58.2 births per 1,000 women aged 15–44, down 2 percent from 2018 to reach another record low for the United States,” according to initial NCHS birth data for 2019. “The total fertility rate (TFR) was 1,705.0 births per 1,000 women [1.705 births per woman] in 2019, down 1 percent from 2018 to reach another record low for the nation.”

In 2019, the total number 0f births was 3,745,540, a 1 percent decline from 3,791,712 in 2018. The report noted that this is the fifth year that the number of births has declined after an uptick in 2014, and the lowest number of births since 1986.

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In 2019, the NCHS reported that U.S. TFR had declined to 1.73 births per woman which topped the previous U.S. fertility low point of 1.74 births per woman back in 1976. This number of births per woman is still below replacement. In other words, the level at which a given age segment can exactly replace itself is below the replacement average of 2.1 births per woman. Bailey noted that “The rate has generally been below replacement since 1971 and consistently below replacement since 2007.”

Furthermore, the NCHS revealed that births to teenage females between the ages of 15 and 19 also hit a record low of 16.6 births per 1,000 women. At the peak of the baby boom in the 1950s, births to teen mothers topped out at 96.3 per 1,000 women and then started to plummet. In the early 1990s, teen births briefly rose to 61.8 per 1,000 women, but have since plummeted by 75 percent.

Ronald Bailey provided a grim overview of the declining birth rates in the developed and developing world:

The U.S. TFR is now similar to that of many other countries, including those that make up the European Union (1.543), Australia (1.74), New Zealand (1.71), Japan (1.42), South Korea (0.977), Brazil (1.73), and China (1.69). This mirrors the decades long global trend of women choosing to bear ever fewer children over the course of their lifetimes. Global total fertility stood at more than five children per woman in 1964 and is well on its way toward below replacement levels, having now dropped to 2.415 children per woman as of 2018.

Given these facts, the U.S. will need to get a handle on immigration in order to avoid a demographic collapse. It will need to also reduce its military footprint abroad and scale back the welfare state as a means of freeing up funds to implement a paid leave program.

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