In the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut elementary school massacre, a leftist rag, the Journal News (the primary newspaper in Westchester County), published the addresses of tens of thousands of legal gun owners in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties (1).
A very handy map if you are a criminal and you want to know either one of two things:
- Where to go if you want to steal a gun.
- Where to go if you want to break into a home where it is unlikely the owner will be able to protect himself.
It is one of life's most gratifying of satisfactions to see a leftist organization hoist with its own petard. We now have learned that New Rochelle's Talk of the Sound blog has published the addresses of Journal News employees (2). I wonder how the Journal News likes that?
But wait, there's more: Now the Journal News has found that having guns around is not such a bad thing:
A newspaper based in White Plains that drew nationwide anger after publishing the names and addresses of handgun permit holders last month is being guarded by armed security personnel at two of its offices, the publisher said Wednesday.
The armed guards — hired from local private security companies — have been stationed in The Journal News’s headquarters and in a satellite office in West Nyack, N.Y., since last week, said Janet Hasson, the president and publisher of The Journal News Media Group.
“The safety of my staff is my top priority,” Ms. Hasson said in a telephone interview.
Yes, Ms. Hasson, the safety of your staff requires you to hire armed guards. Sad to think that you do not believe those registered gun owners you outed have the same right to be armed for their safety, you hypocritical cow. By the way, do you have an armed guard at your home: 3 Gate House Lane Mamaroneck, NY 10543?
After telling PIX 11 News that there needs to be more talk about “nut control,” State Senator Greg Ball on Thursday expressed his frustration over a controversial report on guns in the Journal News, the primary newspaper in Westchester County.
“It’s just absolutely ridiculous that the Journal News would do that and they’ve done a lot of boneheaded things in the past.”
What Ball is referring to is the paper’s request for pistol permit records in Putnam, Rockland, and Westchester counties. All were filed via the Freedom of Information Act: “You know this isn’t the first time that this editorial board has done this,” said Ball prior to a youth hockey event in Brewster.
According to the report released days before Christmas, there are approximately 44,000 legal gun owners in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties, which means that one out of every 23 adults are licensed to own a handgun. Then to provide an illustration, the paper pinpointed the locations where the guns were registered on Google Maps. It is this act that has Ball and others up in arms.
Talk of the Sound, Map: Where are the Journal News employees in your neighborhood?
The map indicates the addresses of all Journal News Employees in the New York Tri-State area. Each dot represents an individual Journal News employee -- a reporter, editor or staffer. The data does not include freelancers — reporters or photographers — which can be hired without being an employee. Being included in this map does not mean the individual at a specific location is a responsible reporter or editor, just that they are a reporter or editor.
The Journal News, The Journal News pulls gun permit data
“While the new law does not require us to remove the data, we believe that doing so complies with its spirit,” Janet Hasson, president and publisher of The Journal News Media Group, said in a statement. “For the past four weeks, there has been vigorous debate over our publication of the permit data, which has been viewed nearly 1.2 million times by readers. One of our core missions as a newspaper is to empower our readers with as much information as possible on the critical issues they face, and guns have certainly become a top issue since the massacre in nearby Newtown, Conn. Sharing as much information as possible provides our readers with the ability to contribute to the discussion, in any way they wish, on how to make their communities safer.