Visit the Web site of the Second Amendment Foundation — a pro-gun lobbying group — and here’s what you’ll find:
- “SAF Files Ohio Lawsuit …”
- “SAF Sues Library System …”
- “SAF Files Texas Lawsuit …”
- “SAF Files Amici Curiae Brief …”
- “SAF Sues To Overturn …”
Keep that in mind as you read this Herald story about the foundation’s efforts to have Globe columnist Steve Bailey fired over an allegedly illegal 2005 gun purchase he was involved in while researching a piece on lax gun laws. (Why now? Bailey talked about it on Tom Finneran’s WRKO program recently.)
As former prosecutor Randy Chapman, who heads the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, tells the Herald, “I don’t see a criminal intent there. I just see someone facilitating a news story.” The Herald also notes that the SAF has gone after Sam Donaldson, too.
I hope the lawyers don’t tell Bailey he can’t write about this. It’s ridiculous, and the Globe ought to stand up to the Second Amendment Foundation, which makes the National Rifle Association look reasonable by comparison.