Gun owners get even with newspaper that targeted them

Tri-State area map

Tri-State area map showing locations of all Journal News reporters, editors and staff members

Using the adage, “Don’t get mad, get even,” a New York Tri-State area publication is helping gun permit owners fight back after another New York area newspaper published their names and addresses.

In the wake of the tragic Connecticut school massacre, the New York-based Journal News took it upon itself to publish the names and addresses of all gun license owners in Westchester and Rockland counties under the headline, “Map: Where are the gun permits in your neighborhood?

The public outcry was both immediate and deafening. One especially notable comment was submitted by Gordon Thompson, who wrote “How about a map of the editorial staff and publishers of Gannett and Journal News with names and addresses of their families…”

On Wednesday afternoon, The Talk of the Sound, another area publication, apparently took Thompson up on his idea. It ran an article under the headline, “Map: Where are the Journal News employees in your neighborhood?”

It listed all Journal News reporters, editors and staff members’ names, addresses and contact information, together with a Google map of the New York Tri-State area indicating their locations.

According to Robert Cox, writing for The Talk of the Sound, “To create the map, Talk of the Sound submitted Google searches for the names and addresses of all Journal News employees in the New York Tri-State area. By state law, the information is public record.”

On a personal note, all this map publishing is getting a bit heady for me. I feel as though I’m watching one of those movies where a room full of people suddenly pulls a gun on each other.

Only in this case, the line of reason would go something like, “Okay, everybody just stay calm! Let’s slowly put down our MapQuests and talk this over!”

Read more at The Talk of the Sound.

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26 thoughts on “Gun owners get even with newspaper that targeted them

  1. MikeNZ says:

    I have no doubt in my mind that the editor and writer of the Journal News article on Gun owners in Rockland and Westchester, deliberately set out to cause damage to people.

    They knew full well that by printing the info in a digestible and easy to understand way that they did would put people at risk by identifying them and their locations. This was a deliberate act by intelligent, educated people who have no defence for the consequences of their actions against men women and children at those locations and other locations that are not listed as not having weapons on the premises.

    That the police have not arrested them for this, indicates the police and FBI aren’t your best friends and have you and your family’s safety at heart, and should be treated with caution.

    Similarly the editor and writer knew it would cause community anxiety, discord and even incidents but they were happy for that to happen, knowing that they could spiral out of control too.

    Again the police nor FBI haven’t even investigated them for this let alone arrested them for this egregious breach of peoples privacy relating to they and their families safety and security.

    This corespondent for one won’t shed a tear for any blow-back on anyone involved in this episode at the Journal News, rather it might be considered “just desserts” as in my opinion they should both be in jail right now.

    Em pathetically I can understand how unhinged someone could be with grief and anger, if their family were to be damaged or killed because of this act by these so called journalists, we all would do the best to protect our spouses and kids and neighbours wouldn’t we?.

    MikeNZ

  2. FrankOutWest says:

    Now that a gun owner's home has been burglarized because of the list, it is time for a class action against the newspaper to pay to compensate every member on the list to purchase and install a gun safe that is difficult for a burglar to break into.

    http://www.bizpacreview.com/2013/01/14/gun-owner-

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