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Thursday, January 3, 2013

N.Y. Paper Hires Armed Guards After It Publishes Names Of Gun Owners

Last month, the Journal News in Westchester, New York, published maps with the names and addresses of people holding pistol permits in two counties not far from Newtown, Conn. When it tried to get the names from Putnam County, officials there refused to give out the information. After public backlash from the local community and the nation, the paper has hired armed security to stand guard at the building’s entrance.

Critics of the paper say the Journal News invaded the privacy of the permit-holders; others say the paper had a present publicly available information.

Responding to the criticism, the Journal News released the following statement to the Poynter Insititute:

“Frequently, the work of journalists is not popular. One of our roles is to report publicly available information on timely issues, even when unpopular. We knew publication of the database (as well as the accompanying article providing context) would be controversial, but we felt sharing information about gun permits in our area was important in the aftermath of the Newtown shootings.”


  • Julie Moos, Poynter Institute

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  • Maggie

    What a bunch of jackasses!

  • J Frog

    Did they update their map to include it?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/OF6QGUKIKNWKPYBJM46QB7AOYQ Matt

    I don’t get why they hired armed guards.  If they presumably believe that having a firearm will not reduce the chance of their becoming victims of a violent crime, there is no logical reason for them to have hired armed guards.

  • Bucky

    If you are concerned that your neighbors might have guns, you can introduce yourself as a neighbor anf ask them yourself. I can understand a parent being concerned about thier child playing at a friends house that might have unsecured guns. But if that is a concern, then ask them. I wonder what will be dug up and published about these reporters and staffers? Just another sign of the times. Really stupid!

  • Full Name

    Here is the thing about these people who have gun permits:  not only need you not fear them, you should be glad they are around.  These are the GOOD guys.  People who would go through the trouble, time and expense of getting a gun permit are most emphatically NOT criminals or crazies.  Having them in your neighborhood makes you more safe, not less.  Treating them the same as sex offenders is not only completely irrational and irresponsible, it is shameful.

    • Jaclif

      Tell that to the parents of Sandy Hook Elementary School’s first graders.

      Tell that to moviegoers in Aurora, Colorado.

      Tell that to former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

      Tell that to the survivors of the Kennedys, Martin Luther King, Huey Long and George Corley Wallace.

      Tell that to Trayvon Martin’s parents.

      Shall I go on?

      • Gogetit

         Funny how you think you know what any of these people believe in just because you watch the news

      • http://twitter.com/montemanm1 Full Name

        Jaclif, I would have no problem telling this to those people.  If JUST ONE of those aforementioned gun permit holders had been present at Sandy Hook Elementary, or the movie theatre in Aurora, CO, or with Gabrielle Giffords, it is possible they could have stopped the crazed gunman before he could have killed so many people.  If JUST ONE of them had been on each of those four airplanes on 9/11/2001, it would have been just another news day, the Iraq and Afghanistan wars would not have happened, and the tens of thousands of people killed by those wars might still be alive.

        If your point is that guns should not exist, I have bad news for you: guns exist.  There is no way to revoke their existence.  The gun genie is out of the bottle, and there is no way to put it back in.  Also, evil exists.  It always has and always will as long as the human species exists.  Murder happens when the evil person has the gun and the good people do not.

        Make no mistake: “gun control” and “gun-free zones” KILL INNOCENT PEOPLE.

      • it

        Gabrielle Giffords is a gun owner and would have appeared on that list.

  • Robert Emmett Kelly

    Essentially it is a map of where you can steal guns when the owners are not at home.  Not a bright idea.

  • SamMosin

    So you think people need to know who owns guns out of safety concerns?
    Why not also publish names and addresses of women who have had abortions, too? I’m not sure I would want my child around someone who killed their own. Seems to me there should be a greater concern for safety about people who have already shed innocent blood than about law-abiding citizens who assert their constitutional rights to own firearms.

  • MacRob

    While these permits are part of the public record, the only reason for the paper to publish them was to create a problem for the gun owners.  It served no other purpose since these folks have apparently kept their guns and used them responsibly.  I hear frequently how mean conservatives are.  Liberal news media members can be just as mean.

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