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Gunfight: Newspaper's decision to out firearms owners sparks ongoing battle
Published January 02, 2013
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Controversy over gun permit holder map in newspaper
Newspaper sparks outrage over gun owner map
Threats of legal action against major gun retailer Now it is the advertisers and readers of a New York newspaper who are caught in the crossfire, after its controversial decision to publish the names and addresses of gun owners in its community.

The initial story by the Westchester Journal News on Dec. 22 prompted a bitter backlash by gun advocates, who published the names and addresses of some of the newspaper’s staff. Since then, supporters and critics of the newspaper's controversial stand have been taking potshots at each other in a near-daily exchange that has drawn national attention.


"The Journal News has made no credible case, nor offered any valid reason, for releasing the data."
- New York State Rifle & Pistol Association

“The data posted also includes active and retired police officers, judges, battered and stalked individuals, FBI agents, and more," the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association said in a release that marked the latest escalation. "The Journal News has made no credible case, nor offered any valid reason, for releasing the data, and it serves no investigative or journalistic purpose. It merely invites harassment and burglary.”

The association is calling for a possible boycott of the Gannett-owned newspaper's national advertisers. But the paper isn't just worried about suffering economic harm. On Dec. 28, it began posting armed guards outside one of its offices, according to local police, shortly after a blogger published the names and home addresses of the 50 journalists who worked on the interactive map showing who owned legally-registered guns.

And the battle shows no signs of subsiding. Hackers claim to have broken into the Journal News' online subscriber database and say they're circulating passwords and user information for 10,000 account holders. They have also made online threats to publish the home addresses and phone numbers of executives at the newspaper’s major advertisers.

One New York lawmaker said he plans to introduce legislation making it illegal to obtain gun permit holders’ information through Freedom of Information Act requests, which is how the Journal News obtained the permit holders’ information used to create their controversial online database.

“The Journal News has placed the lives of these folks at risk by creating a virtual shopping list for criminals and nut jobs,” said Republican State Sen. Greg Ball, in announcing his intent.

There is one apparent beneficiary of all the controversy: The paper's competitor, the Rockland County Times, claimed in an article to have seen an "influx of new subscribers who stated they canceled their subscription to the Journal News due to the gun story.”
 

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I hope the rag ends up closing its doors. It would be poetic justice and a message sent to any other whacko newspapers that think they ought to do something similar.
 

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thanks for posting the story Clem.

seems the newspaper is feeling the repercussions of that story from different directions now. turnabout is fairplay and they don't like it!

IMO, i have no idea where they obtained the gun holder's personal information, but they seem to crossed over into invading those people's privacy and also published private information that should never have been seen by the public.

i think the gun owners should also file a class action lawsuit and file criminal charges against the newspaper and the reporters.
 

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thanks for posting the story Clem.

seems the newspaper is feeling the repercussions of that story from different directions now. turnabout is fairplay and they don't like it!

IMO, i have no idea where they obtained the gun holder's personal information, but they seem to crossed over into invading those people's privacy and also published private information that should never have been seen by the public.

i think the gun owners should also file a class action lawsuit and file criminal charges against the newspaper and the reporters.
anytime Axx55
 

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Good point Axxe. I'm glad to see the usernames an passwords were hacked. Disrupt their entire way of life(The Journal)!
 

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Guess not. Had a friend who was as a crew chief. It's a high speed helicopter transport unit. They are called Nightstalkers.
 

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Here in Raleigh, NC a local TV station did something similar. They listed permit holders and the neighborhood they lived in. They did not give their exact address. Several businesses pulled their advertising from WRAL. Nothing has changed other than gun owners and burglars remember the list is online.
 

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I see the same kind of dull fools who told patriots to sit down and shut up about the Ct. shooting now pounding their hairless chests and telling those who were already in the fray to stand up and take action. Utterly amazing, shanty, hypocrisy.

As for the morally superior paper having guards with guns, well, you know when someone may be irrational and out to get them they have a right, a duty, to protect all of themslves. Of course the guards would have to be armed! They are harmless and their guns will sit in their holsters unless and until they're needed. And they might be if someone else has a gun. They are only tools you know. Uh oh, um, wait a minute...
 

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Never mind about the gun owners. What about all those non-gun-owning residences/residents also "mapped" by the Journal-Times ? >MW
 
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