Will the paper now publish a list of homes without Security systems or watch dogs? The paper also said that if they could get a list of the number of guns and types, the would publish that as well. How about publish insurance data of valuables in each home to make it even more easy for criminals to develop a wish lists when they rob not gun owner dwellings.
New York Paper publishes List of easiest homes to burglarize Westchester and Rockland Counties
In the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting, newspapers in New York state have run off the rails on the crazy train. Case in point is an article published by The Journal News’ LoHud.com site that turned up a few days ago where every single concealed carry permit holder was tagged with their full name, address, and even plotted on a handy Google Maps app so you (and anyone who wants their gun badly enough) can find them. Which begs the question: why? . . .via The Truth About Guns.
A few days ago, the Journal News, a newspaper servicing what we like to refer to as Barely Upstate New York, published a map of the names and addresses of everyone in Westchester and Rockland counties who owns a gun permit, which it obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. Predictably, many gun owners and gun-rights advocates were not happy about this. At all. As the Journal News itself reports, “Hundreds of callers have complained, claiming publication of the database put their safety at risk or violated their privacy. Others claimed publication was illegal. Many of the callers were vitriolic and some threatened members of the newspaper staff.”
“We knew publication of the database would be controversial but we felt sharing as much information as we could about gun ownership in our area was important in the aftermath of the Newtown shootings,” the paper’s editor and vice-president of news says. The publisher also points out that the permits are, by law, public record. “New York residents have the right to own guns with a permit,” she says, “and they also have a right to access public information.”
I think someone should publish the names and addresses of food stamp recipients.
Today, the Journal News in upstate New York, owned by Gannett, published the names and addresses of all gun permit holders in the Westchester and Rockland county areas of New York. The Journal News said:
The map indicates the addresses of all pistol permit holders in Westchester and Rockland counties. Each dot represents an individual permit holder licensed to own a handgun – a pistol or revolver. The data does not include owners of long guns – rifles or shotguns – which can be purchased without a permit. 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.
NY paper publishes gun permit holders’ personal info, gun rights advocates outraged
The liberal media have become increasingly vocal about gun control in recent weeks, but this weekend, they sank to a new low. The Journal News, a suburban New York newspaper, has published an interactive map that pinpoints all handgun permit holders in Westchester and Rockland Counties.
Not the First Times Media has done something similar
This is not the first time The Journal News has published gun permit information; it says “a similar article in 2006 received similar responses.” And The Journal News is not the only news organization to publish gun permit information.
WRAL, where I worked 10 years ago, published a permit database earlier this year with street-level data but no names. The Commercial Appeal in Memphis, Tenn., published a similar database this time last year. In protest, groups responded by posting editors’ home addresses, Tompkins says. The Roanoke Times was an early publisher of this information in 2007, but redacted it, as did Philadelphia magazine, reports The Verge. Former News & Record editor John Robinson notes that his paper published gun permits in the 1990s, before he was editor.
ABC News published a statement from The Journal News explaining its decision: