Unbelievable. And exceptionally irresponsible. And horrifically biased anti-second amendment activism disguised as “journalism.”
— Celia Bigelow (@CeliaBigelow) December 24, 2012
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.
The newspaper didn’t even feel it necessary to publish a rationale for that violation of privacy – publishing the names and addresses of gun owners makes them more vulnerable to robbery when they aren’t at home, since criminals will know where the guns are.
As soon as I read this, I immediately thought (and tweeted) that it’s time to start publishing the names, photographs, and addresses of reporters, editors, and publishers in the MSM:
I believe it’s time to start posting the names and addresses of all MSM reporters and editors. And note that they are likely unarmed.
— Robbie Cooper (@RobbieCooper) December 24, 2012
I wasn’t the only one thinking that:
— Gunservatively (@Gunservatively) December 24, 2012
The publisher of the Journal News, who had the final say on whether or not to publish this map of gun owners in their reading area is Janet Hasson.
If you’d like to contact Ms. Hasson about her irresponsible actions, you can contact her at:
3 Gate House Lane
Mamaroneck, NY 10534
Here’s a map showing her house – interior shots are on Zillow.
Amazing what one can find about people using public records.
Like the fact that Hasson is married with one child. And that her home is valued at $1.3 million (Wow. The newspaper business pays pretty good, huh?).
I bet there’s real nice stuff in a home that cost that much. And, unless she’s a flaming hypocrite (very possible, given that she is a liberal), they likely don’t have any weapons in their nice home with which to protect their nice stuff iff’n someone were to show up and try to appropriate it for their own personal use.
Now, imagine the outrage if Fox News decided to post the names and addresses of all women who have had abortions at Planned Parenthood over the last year…
An excellent argument against any and all licensing requirements for gun ownership. lohud.com/interactive/ar…
— James Taranto (@jamestaranto) December 24, 2012
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