OK, is this for real?
A state lawmaker is proposing a change to New York’s gun laws to allow authorities to search social media for potential red flags before approving a handgun license.
State Senator Kevin Parker’s bill would mandate that applicants provide investigators with their Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram passwords and access to their Google, Yahoo and Bing searches. The Brooklyn Democrat wants investigators to look at the last three years of an applicant’s social media postings and a year of their search histories for “any good cause for the denial of a license,” such as racial slurs, threats of violence and terrorism-related posts.
Did I just wake up in China or something? Whether it passes or not, it’s terrifying that it’s even proposed.
Social media is nothing but a sophisticated way of exercising punitive mind control. That’s all it is anymore. And we are all just agreeing dumbly.