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12-26-2012, 7:53 AM
Right up in arms over paper's gun map
By KATIE GLUECK | 12/25/12


A suburban New York newspaper is under fire from conservatives and gun rights advocates after publishing the names and addresses — and a locator map of people who possess pistol permits in several suburban counties.

“The newspaper didn’t even feel it necessary to publish a rationale for that violation of privacy — publishing the names and addresses of gun owners makes them more vulnerable to robbery when they aren’t at home, since criminals will know where the guns are,” charged Ben Shapiro of Breitbart.com.

The story, published by the White Plains-based Journal News and posted on its website, LoHud.com, includes maps of Westchester county to the north of New York City and Rockland county to the north west — with the names and addresses of people with gun licenses represented by dots — on which readers can click to learn that information. It was posted over the weekend.

“Being included in this map does not mean the individual at a specific location owns a weapon, just that they are licensed to do so,” the newspaper cautioned, and noted that the information was the result of Freedom of Information Act requests.

Conservatives lit up Twitter and the blogosphere in condemning the piece.

“I guess nobody could object to people putting the newspaper staff’s addresses on the Web now, right?” snarked Instapundit, writing at Pajamas Media.

“Outrageous,” blared a headline at the Gateway Pundit.

“Time to publish the addresses of everyone who works at The Journal News, this is unforgivable,” tweeted Townhall.com’s Katie Pavlich.

Dan Riehl, a conservative writer at the blog Riehl World View, swung back at the Journal News by offering up Twitter accounts and some email addresses of people affiliated with the paper.

Tammy Bruce, a conservative talk show host, said the piece endangers non-gun owners.

“The other reason why what http://www.lohud.com did is so dangerous? It reveals to criminals which homes *are not* protected by a firearm,” she tweeted.

Another conservative talk show host, Simon Conway, sought to spur his Twitter followers to action.

“OUTRAGED by @LoHud publishing full list of gun owners in NY Make sure you let parent Co. @gannett know how disgusted you are too!” Conway wrote.

In a separate piece, the Journal News cited the interest readers might have in public information about gun owners.

“In the wake of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and amid renewed nationwide calls for stronger gun control, some Lower Hudson Valley residents would like lawmakers to expand the amount of information the public can find out about gun owners,” wrote the paper’s Dwight R. Worley. “About 44,000 people in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam — one out of every 23 adults — are licensed to own a handgun.”

But that didn’t resonate with some outraged readers, who posted scathing comments at the bottom of the piece, via accounts linked to Facebook.

“This is CRAZY!!” wrote Curtis Maenza. “why in the world would you post every licensed gun owner information?? What do you hope to accomplish by doing this. This is the type of thing you do for sex offenders not law abiding gun owners. What next? should i hang a flag outside my house that says I own a gun? I am canceling my subscription with your paper today!!!”

“This is the single most irresponsible and dangerous piece of “journalism” I have ever seen,” charged Robert Watchel. “Criminals can now target a specific neighborhood, wait for pistol permit holders to leave for work and burgarlize their homes looking for firearms.”

A reader named Mark T. Hoops took a slightly more nuanced tack.

“Any member of the public has a right to inquire about a specific person as to licensure status,” he wrote. “That said, your newspaper does not have the right to ADVERTISE this information WHOLESALE. What you have done is reprehensible.”

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2012/12/25/us/new-york-gun-permit-map/index.html

12-26-2012, 8:10 AM
To chastise good law-abiding folks for this is unforgivable. Editor should be fired. I would sue the crap out of these people.

12-26-2012, 8:13 AM
The real problem is not that the information was published but that the list existed in the first place.

12-26-2012, 8:13 AM
The douch's address has been published


12-26-2012, 8:16 AM
Posted several times since yesterday, I believe. In addition, the addresses of most of the staff involved have been posted on a few blogs already:


12-26-2012, 8:23 AM
Host Ronn Owens is talking about this topic right now (9:20 am) on KGO 810 AM (San Francisco). He is "unsure" if the newspaper did the right thing. Perhaps some of us want to call in and explain our views

12-26-2012, 8:37 AM
Host Ronn Owens is talking about this topic right now (9:20 am) on KGO 810 AM (San Francisco). He is "unsure" if the newspaper did the right thing. Perhaps some of us want to call in and explain our views

Lets ask him if he has any objections to simply publish his name, address, and list of family members in the newspaper.

12-26-2012, 8:39 AM
Here's to the journalist, editor and publisher's dirty laundry going public in a very short time.

12-26-2012, 9:01 AM
The San Diego Union (Copley owned) did the same thing late '80s early 90's, publishing names and addresses of CCW permit holders. Sadly Google wasn't what it is today. Yeah..publish the crap out of those involved in listing the gun owners and by all means let us know where their families live too and see how well they adapt to having their personal security breached publicly.

12-26-2012, 10:05 AM
CELEBRITIES - internet, television, movie actors, newsreaders, musicians - while influential in forming public opinion, cannot introduce bills or write regulations, make arrests or decide court cases. Stories about celebrity pronouncements or behavior go to OT. If we act as if they are important, they will continue to believe that they are.

NEWSPAPERS and NEWS ORGANIZATIONS are 'corporate celebrities'. ABC/CBS/NBC/CNN broadcasts something supporting an anti-gun bill; New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle writes an anti-gun editorial; all "dog bites man".