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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  • Luther Henry

    Now sue the pants off them. I am sure that there are hundreds of lawyers chafing at the bit to file this suit. You folks can own that fish wrapper newspaper.

  • Harry Travis

    what a bunch of jerks for publishing the names and addresses of the gunowners. Sue their asses off.

    • Alice

      Funny the ACLU was silent, they made themselves heard when the names of child molesters were made public.

  • barbara meredith

    so now the crooks know which houses to go to and not, and I do hope a few get a visit soon, the papers are nothing but obamas ass kissers and will do anything to stay on his good side , don't it make you wonder what kind of a man he really is because no one really knows anything about him as it is

  • Robert H

    How about a list of advertisers, I would like to see if they support what the Journal News has done.

  • http://www.richardgrecoappraisals.com Richard Greco

    Talk it over my right foot. These idiots at Journal News compromised the lives and safety of every retired law enforcement officer living in the counties cited as well non-gun owners now that criminals know who has and who does not have a handgun in their home.

  • http://www.richardgrecoappraisals.com Richard Greco

    This is a newspaper and Media giant that everyone should Boycot. Now that is exacting revenge. Hit them in the pocket book.

  • http://www.richardgrecoappraisals.com Richard Greco

    Is this a 2nd Amendment Agenda raised by the Journal News? Then they should be advised that once the guns are confiscated and gun owners rights to bear arms is suppressed, perhaps the next to go will be "Freedom of Speech" as there will be no guns to protect the ramining rights we have all earned.

  • http://www.richardgrecoappraisals.com Richard Greco

    The question that arisies now, are the actions of the Journal News similar to one who yells fire, as a joke, in a theater. Are the actions of the Journal News "Reckless Endangerment" by exposing pistol permit holders, especially RETIRED LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS to potential revenge from convicted felons arrested by the RETIRED LAW ENEFORCEMENT OFFICERS. They, The Journal News, may have a right under FOIL to ask for and receive a list of pistol permit holders, but does that right give them priviledge to publish the names and addresses of pistol permit holders in a news paper for self serving "Circulation Revenue" and purpose. If you or I FOILED the list, would they have published it? If the intent was for this list to be published would not the Counties involved publish them. Should Retired Law Enforcement Officers sue the morons responsible?

  • frank belanger

    Now lets go after people like Chris Matthews, Ed Shultz, Rachel Maddow & TV people like Joyless Behar , Jon Stewart & my favorite , Bill Maher, now sit back & wait for the attitude adjustment

  • Arne Boberg

    As a bonus, they should publish a cross-reference showing how many Journal employees have gun permits.