The comment about cracking safes is golden. Our country has a really big problem with this train of thought in general -- they attempt to fix the symptoms of problems, not the cause (ie. it's not bad security practices to do this -- just avoid this one guy who who know may be able to crack your safes!).
Politicians are especially bad at this, because usually causes are much more complex than the symptoms they manifest as. So it looks like they're "doing something" and getting that re-electability cred they so desire.
Whether some law abiding citizen chooses to own a gun or not is *THEIR* business. Putting their name and address out there for the whole world to see, as happened in NY, seems to actually run counter to the whole public safety ideal, doesn't it?
There were a lot of fantastic funny/insightful posts on that Sony story. Glad to know I'm in good company of people who are so offended by their track record (new DRM scheme, the old rootkits scandal, failure to give a shit about customer's information ala PSN hacking) who refuse to buy or use another Sony product.
Perhaps you remember when the Associated Press attempted to get this information on Illinois FOID card owners? Well, the state AG said they had to be turned over, and the ISP said "no", and they passed a law that kept this information private (law enforcement and such agencies only).
In my personal view, Illinois actually got that one right -- it's information that does not need to be public.
This reminds me of a computer component where the box had the instructions for installation say "visit this website", but unfortunately I had my computer apart before I read that, and needed the part to continue before I could get on the internet. What do.
I have determined that 'corporations are people' stops immediately when it comes to assuming actual responsibility or sending people to prison for criminal activity. So basically it's a matter of convenience.
To be fair, David Gregory waving around an illegal object (a gun magazine) on national TV was a pretty stupid way to make a point. Something that most of the rest of us would have gotten arrested for, no doubt. I'm not sure that breaking the law to make a point that something should be illegal makes any sense. I think most people are complaining about the appearance of a double standard. The same way people feel slighted when corporations get off with "fines" for stuff that most of us would spend life (or worse) in prison for. Trying to play devil's advocate here -- be either side right or wrong, it's not hard to see the point people are making here. The petition is pretty stupid, though.
Also, someone should remind Piers Morgan that Freedom of Speech is not Freedom of Consequences from saying stupid shit.
The joke is that thinking that once you've uploaded a picture to the internet that it somehow stay inside this magic privacy box. If you don't want stuff shared on the internet -- Don't. Fucking. Post it.