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    New York newspaper faces backlash after publishing map of gun permit holders

    A local New York newspaper is drawing the ire of its readers after publishing an interactive map that shows the names and addresses of thousands of residents who have handgun permits.

    The online map was published by The Journal News along with an article under the headline: "The gun owner next door: What you don't know about the weapons in your neighborhood."

    The newspaper obtained, and then published, the names and addresses of pistol permit holders in Westchester and Rockland counties through a Freedom of Information Act request.

    The article, in explaining the decision to publish the information, pointed to the school massacre in nearby Newtown, Conn., and the concerns of some residents about which of their neighbors might have firearms.

    But readers swiftly condemned the move. They pointed out that the interactive map could make the gun owners a target, but also make clear to would-be robbers which homes do not contain a gun.

    "Do you fools realize that you also made a map for criminals to use to find homes to rob that have no guns in them to protect themselves?" one reader wrote on Facebook.

    "You have just destroyed the privacy of these law abiding citizens and by releasing this list, you have equated them to that of sex offenders and murders," wrote another. "These are law abiding gun owners, they are no danger to anyone except for criminals. And with this information you have made them targets for both criminals and anti gun lobbyist who i am sure are going to treat them like monsters."

    The newspaper, in a written statement, defended the decision to run the names.

    "The massacre in Newtown remains top-of-mind for many of our readers," the statement said. "In the past week, conversation on our opinion pages and on our website, LoHud.com, has been keenly focused on gun control.

    "Our readers are understandably interested to know about guns in their neighborhoods. We obtained the names and addresses of Westchester and Rockland residents who are licensed to own handguns through routine Freedom of Information law public-records requests."

    The map showed the locations of pistol permit holders -- though did not specify whether those shown actually owned a weapon. Since rifles and shotguns can be bought without a permit, that information was not included.

    The newspaper separately noted that the reporter on the story "owns a Smith & Wesson 686 .357 Magnum and has had a residence permit in New York City for that weapon since February 2011."
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    No link.

    But this sounds terrible.

    On the other hand, many of the people I know that have guns are always willing to tell people that they own them anyway.

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    Wonder if they published this hypocrites address? He is reported to have a concealed carry permit in NY. He's a leading liberal US Senator from that state who is anti- gun to get elected and pro gun to stay alive and safe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by edwardv View Post
    Wonder if they published this hypocrites address? He has a concealed carry permit in NY. He's a leading liberal US Senator from that state who is anti- gun to get elected and pro gun to stay alive and safe.
    Then again, you do have people that want to run Piers Morgan outta town for his views on guns. And yes, I know PM is an asshat, but still.

    Everybody is going kind of crazy right now.

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    if owning a gun is supposed to be a deterrent to gun violence, then you must be doubly safe if people know you own a gun

    plus I would want to know if my one of my weirdo neighbors owned a gun

    guess you could say publishing this list falls under the right to free speech

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    This is irresponsible. They have opened these people to a possible attack by anti-gun nuts. They also have made it less safe for their neighbors by letting criminals know they have no firearms. How would this newspaper and those who support their actions feel if one of these families gets attacked because of this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daisy Hill View Post
    if owning a gun is supposed to be a deterrent to gun violence, then you must be doubly safe if people know you own a gun

    plus I would want to know if my one of my weirdo neighbors owned a gun

    guess you could say publishing this list falls under the right to free speech
    More likely the criminals will use this to rob the houses without guns or perhaps the brave criminals will try and steal the guns so other criminals will have guns. Brilliant!

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    that's over the line. Those gun owners are not criminals and don't deserve to have their details posted like that. Why don't they go ahead next and post an interactive map of what these homeowners' net worth is, or where they stash their jewels, or who has the newest electronics?

    Assholes.

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    Moronic.

    They do realize the they are using the First Amendment to try and criminalize the Second Amendment?

    Maybe not.
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    So....they advertised all the places you could burglarize and/or enter where there will be less deadly resistance?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lovemachine97(Version 2) View Post
    So....they advertised all the places you could burglarize and/or enter where there will be less deadly resistance?
    only if you beleive that the only gun owners in America are legal gun owners.

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    pretty stupid thing to do. Completely irresponsible behaviour.

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    I actually think he did the gun owners a big favor! Here ya go (fair play as far as I'm concerned):

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    Quote Originally Posted by It's Mike View Post
    only if you beleive that the only gun owners in America are legal gun owners.
    I don't, but I was just coming at it from another direction. If I were in that map and not a gun owner, it might make me want one.

 

 

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