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Thursday, February 26, 2009

"Mad" Max Brantley No Friend of Gun Owners

Bill Smith, Editor, ARRA News: My mother would tell us, "Just because you can do something doesn't mean you should do it." In other words, being stupid is an option. Well it is time for Arkansas Times to look for new managing editor. There present editor, Max Brantley, hereafter referred as "Mad" Max has made the news not for just by "alleged" reporting but for performing a capricious act. Why? - Just because he could. On the Arkansas Times Blog, "Mad" Max made public all of the names and addresses of all people in Arkansas with concealed gun permits.
Tolbert Report: Max Brantley has received quite a bit of criticism lately for an item he posted on his blog two weeks ago. Brantley was inspired by a stunt pulled by the Memphis Commercial Appeal which published the list of the Tennessee Concealed Carry Permit holders resulting in nearly a half million hits to their website. Apparently Brantley, thought this sounded good to him plus he got to give some heat to the Arkansas gun carrying crowd, so he followed suit publishing the Arkansas list on his Ark Times Blog in an excel file on February 16. After several days of exposing, the name and home address information of every Arkansas concealed carry permit holder, he pulled it down.

Appearing on KARN, Brantley faced numerous outraged callers who questioned his motives for posting the data. Brantley said that he felt this information, which can easily be obtained, was important for the public to know. “I think we need to know who among us is walking around with a gun,” stated Brantley. Several callers said they were concerned that their unlisted address had been compromised by the posting. One caller said that she runs a mission that ministers to indigent people and that she has a unlisted address for her safety and this information was compromised by Brantley’s action. Brantley said that in spite of the criticism, including personal threats against him and his family, he does not regret posting the information and if faced with the choice, he would do it again.
One of our readers sent this note to friends:
PLEASE UNDERSTAND, THIS IS SERIOUS, folks. Ask yourself: What was Brantley's purpose? He is one of many who want to expose those who own guns, not to mention to expose those who did the right thing, took the course to learn the rules and how to shoot in order to protect their family and home. THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE AND PUTS PEOPLES’ LIVES IN DANGER!
At the ARRA News Service, I have supported transparency. However, I do not support invasion of privacy or abuse of the Freedom of Information Act. It is one thing to get information to perform research and to advise the public, it is quite another to deliberately abuse the process for ones own personal gain and notoriety. Well what can be done about this? A few suggestions:
1) Because of "Mad" Max's actions, a new bill has been introduced in the legislature by Rep. Randy Stewart (D): HB1623 PROHIBITING THE RELEASE OF THE IDENTITIES OR OTHER INFORMATION CONCERNING CONCEALED HANDGUN LICENSEES. Call your State Senator and Representative and tell them to support and expedite HB1623l and then contact Gov. Beebe. It is interesting that its was Attorney General Dustin McDaniel who argued against the bill that would make it easier for the public to access the the prior criminal records of candidates and elected officials. He said that we should "protect the privacy" of criminals' public records Hopefully, he will want to afford the same protection to the records of law abiding Arkansans who went the extra step of obtaining a carry permit even though they already had the Second Amendment giving them that right. "Mad" Max has in "news speak" spit on these people just because he knew he could get away with it and now our legislature is forced to avoid further violations of privacy.

2) "Mad" Max Brantley posted the release of the names on the Arkansas Blog which is part of the Arkansas Times where he is the managing editor. He hid behind his position and his perception of his rights under the free press. However, that does not mean that he can hid from the responsibilities for his actions or that his employer does not bear any responsibility for not controlling the actions of "Mad" Max. As we have seen with the national media, even high paid news commentators can be held responsible for their actions by their employers via change of positions or even a pink slip. After all, Arkansas is an "at will state" and an employer does not need to keep an employee. "Mad" Max did his deed on the blog and he is not even a true "blogger" but a paid "dead tree" reporter who on his employers site. He was seeking attention and hits for the site by duplicating the actions at another news service. Interesting that the Arkansas blog claims to be "the blog for Arkansas."

Well its time for both "Mad" Max and the Arkansas Times to hear from you are concerned by Brantley's capricious act which he has said he would do it again. But, please don't sent threats to Brantley, not only is this not the thing to do but would just feed his shrinking ego. And posting comments at the Blog or sending letters directly to the Arkansas Times may not gain managements attention. You may wish to consider how strongly you feel and whether you think the advertisers at the Arkansas Times should know your feeling and your lack of appreciation for financially supporting the continued actions of Brantley. Let the advertiser know about your perspective on how "Mad" Max actions have threatened your privacy and the security of your families. After all you or a family member or frined complied with the law and Max used this fact against you. I for one will not patronize any business which does not publicly reject this action by Max Brantley.

3) Finally, let your Arkansas State representative and senators, state officials, and prior candidates and future candidates know how you feel about the actions of Max Brantley. Let them know that you object in anyway their support of or association with anyone who supports Brantley's actions or "cow tows" to giving Brantley press information or even "the time of day." The doors to Brantley do not need to be open to him. Not everyone press person has a right to a "press pass."

For those who feel violated, your letters will be good catharsis. After all, it was either your name and address that has been made public or it was that of a family member or friends. And for those of you who carry, please be more attentive and prepared at home since your name and address is not only in the hands of the government but now potentially in the hands of people who are definitely not your friends. Once the file was released by Brantley and downloaded by readers, it is now floating around. I wonder how many people previously have obtained a copy of this information. Hum - "lock and load"!
Tags: 2nd Amendment, abuse, Arkansas Times, concealed gun rights, freedom of information, gun rights, Max Brantley, right to carry To share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Posted by Bill Smith at 1:52 PM - Post Link

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Dr. Bill for posting all the information you post. We are so fortunate that you are keeping us all informed.....so much is happening so fast. This "Mad Max" should be stopped. I wonder what happened to his "Common Sense". I also query the editors of that newspaper.....
Barbara

2/26/2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Max F. Brantley 3210 Edgerstoune Lane Little Rock, AR 72205-4312 (501)663-6758
He walks down Kavanaugh frequently with his Judicial wife. I bet after this, that socialist putz will want his own permit.

2/27/2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just FYI... the AR Times link to the gun permit list is still intermittently active. I viewed and downloaded the list this morning, but now it is down again.

3/06/2009  
Anonymous Secure Arkansas said...

Please take action - Pick the steps you are comfortable with or do them all…

1) The Arkansas Concealed Carry Assoc (ARCCA) is working the issue with lawmakers in session as well as the ASP (Arkansas State Police). Stay informed: http://www.arkansascca.org/blog/.

2) If you are an NRA member call/email them. Here is the NRA hotline – 1-800-392-8683

3) The most important step to truly make a difference is to call the Arkansas Times’ advertisers -- the ones where you shop. Let those businesses know you won't be shopping with them anymore so long as they advertise in a publication that puts people's lives in danger by disclosing private information.

The Peabody Restaurant, 501-906-4000

Whole Hog Cafe, 501-664-5025

USA Drug, SEVERAL LOCATIONS

Cafe 1217 (Hot Springs), 501-318-1094

Enterprise Financial Solutions, LLC, 1-888.700.1414

Sysco Arkansas, 1-800-827-3411

Riverdale 10 Cinemas, 501-296-9468

BMW of Little Rock, 501-224-3200

Plantation Services, 501.821.5770

Lanai Apartments, 501.664-2303

Grandpa's Catfish House (Sherwood), 501-834-5400

Copper Grill and Grocery (Downtown LR), 501-375-3333

Rheem Marathon Water Heaters

Ben E. Keith Co. Food Services, 1-800-777-2356

Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas (http://www.ecark.org/)

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 501-683-3593

Stoby's Restaurant (Conway/Russellville, AR)

Momma Dean's Soul Food (Fayetteville), 479-251-1210

Flying Saucer Bar and Restaurant (downtown LR), 501-372-PINT

Colonial Wine and Spirits, 866-988-VINO

Rod's Pizza Cellar (Hot Springs), 501-624-RODS

The Fish House (Conway), 877-661-3474

Pepsi Co. Bruno's Little Italy (Scott Wallace), 501-224-4700

La Hacienda Mexican Restaurants (Hot Springs), 501-525-8203

Dondie's River Restaurant (Des Arc), 870-256-3311

Cheer's Restaurant, 501-663-5937

Cheer's Restaurant (Maumelle), 501-851-6200

The Faded Rose Restaurants, 501-663-9734

IHOP Restaurant(s)

Doe's Eat Place, 501-376-1195

Pesto Cafe (Fayetteville), 479-582-3330

Cajun Boilers Restaurant (Hot Springs), 501-767-5695

SALUT! Restaurant, 501-660-4200

Ristaurante Capeo, 501-376-3463

Mud Street Cafe (Eureka Springs), 470-253-6732

Lilly's Dim Sum Then Some, 501-716-2700

The Cheese Corner Delicatessen (Hot Springs), 501-624-3040

Bobby's Country Cooking, 501-224-9500

Jade China Restaurant (Conway), 501-329-5121

Holly's Country Cooking (Conway), 501-328-9738

Taziki's Greek Fare, 501-227-8291

Sonny Williams Steak Room (River Market-LR), 501-324-2999

Rolando's Ristaurante (Hot Springs), 501-318-6054

Lulav Modern Eatery, 501-374-5100

Sticky Fingers Bar (Downtown LR), 501-372-7707

Layla's Mediterranean Cuisine, 501-227-7272

Bill Valentine's Restaurant (Dickey Stephens Park), 501-324-2255

Panda Garden Buffet, 501-224-8100

Copeland's Famous New Orleans Restaurant, 501-312-1616

Casa Manana, 501-280-9888

New Delhi Cafe (Eureka Springs), 470-253-2525

WE CANNOT TAKE THIS LIGHTLY, this is an assault to our second amendment and on our privacy. This is your chance to make a difference – take action today!

3/06/2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

just another example of how the Arkansas Times uses no judgment whatsoever, posing as journalists when they really are nothing more than a bunch of deadbeats who can't hold jobs doing anything else. Did anyone ever ask if there was any news value in publishing this link? I believe it was a sad attempt to drive up the number visitors to a washed-up, former journalist's blog. Pathetic is the only word that fits.

3/10/2009  

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