New Bill to Require Gov’t Review of Social Media Accounts, Search Engine History to Buy a Gun
New Bill to Require Gov’t Review of Social Media Accounts, Search Engine History to Buy a Gun By Matt Agorist – The Free Thought Project
A new bill would require citizens wishing to buy a gun to undergo a state sanctioned audit of their social media accounts and search engine history.
In one of the most Orwellian bills to date, lawmakers in New York have drafted and proposed a bill that will require a review of a citizens social media as well as their search engine history, going back years—just to buy a gun.
Senate Bill 9191 would establish an official investigation officer who would scour the social media posts and search engine history of anyone attempting to purchase a gun. It also applies to current gun owners who want to renew their licenses.
A proposed law could require you to submit your social media accounts and search history as an extra background check before buying a gun. https://t.co/vLkcskFFX7 @WKBW @facebook @NRA @CGCguncontrol @SenatorParker @Emma4Change @AMarch4OurLives @davidhogg111 @NatlGunRights
— James Groh (@JamesGrohWKBW) November 21, 2018
According to the bill, when a person attempts to purchase a gun, an investigating officer would then be given the password to the gun buyer’s social media accounts. The officer would go back three years on Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram.
The officer would scour the gun buyer’s search engine history from Google, Yahoo, and Bing. The ominous text of the bill lays out this Orwellian process clearly.
IN ORDER TO ASCERTAIN WHETHER ANY SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNT OR SEARCH ENGINE HISTORY OF AN APPLICANT PRESENTS ANY GOOD CAUSE FOR THE DENIAL OF A LICENSE, THE INVESTIGATING OFFICER SHALL, AFTER OBTAINING THE APPLICANT’S CONSENT PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION THREE OF THIS SECTION, AND OBTAINING ANY LOG-IN NAME, PASSWORD OR OTHER MEANS FOR ACCESSING A PERSONAL ACCOUNT, SERVICE, OR ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS DEVICE NECESSARY TO REVIEW SUCH APPLICANT’S SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS AND SEARCH ENGINE HISTORY, REVIEW AN APPLICANT’S SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS FOR THE PREVIOUS THREE YEARS AND SEARCH ENGINE HISTORY FOR THE PREVIOUS YEAR AND INVESTIGATE AN APPLICANT’S POSTS OR SEARCHES RELATED TO (I) COMMONLY KNOWN PROFANE SLURS OR BIASED LANGUAGE USED TO DESCRIBE THE RACE, COLOR, NATIONAL ORIGIN, ANCESTRY, GENDER, RELIGION, RELIGIOUS PRACTICE, AGE, DISABILITY OR SEXUAL ORIENTATION OF A PERSON; (II) THREATENING THE HEALTH OR SAFETY OF ANOTHER PERSON; (III) AN ACT OF TERRORISM; OR (IV) ANY OTHER ISSUE DEEMED NECESSARY BY THE INVESTIGATING OFFICER. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SUBDIVISION, “SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS” SHALL ONLY INCLUDE FACEBOOK, SNAPCHAT, TWITTER AND INSTAGRAM, AND “SEARCH ENGINE” SHALL ONLY INCLUDE GOOGLE, YAHOO AND BING. Upon completion of the investigation, the police authority shall report the results to the licensing officer without unnecessary delay.
Notice how the bill mentions “biased language” toward race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation and disability. While it is certainly repugnant to degrade or verbally attack someone based on these traits, as long as it is not violent in tone, then it is protected speech.