Oh, the delicious Irony! In case you missed it, The Journal News in White Plains, NY, has published an interactive map showing the homes of all people who hold firearms permits in 2 New York counties. They obtained the list from FOI requests to the county clerks, and are currently preparing additional maps based on pending requests.
Reaction has not been all positive as you can imagine. Complaints run the gamut from outrage at treating legal activity as if it were a sex crime (these are permit holders, not necessarily gun owners), to fears that criminals will target such people in search of firearms, to fears that some law enforcement personnel on the list now have their addresses published for criminals to attempt retributive strikes on their homes, to fears that some battered women who have armed themselves while hiding from their abusers are now exposed to further harassment and abuse, to fear that criminals, now knowing where the guns aren’t, will target the homes of those who DON’T appear on the list.
The one thing the paper claims it wanted – a discussion about guns in our society – is the last thing that is actually happening as a result of this publication.
So where’s the irony?
Calls are currently being made for a boycott – not of the newspaper itself, but of the newspaper’s advertisers. Ironically, the “featured advertiser” at the Journal’s website this week is….wait for it….
The store that uses a “bullseye” logo should now be firmly in the cross-hairs of believers in privacy and the 2nd Amendment everywhere. They should be receiving e-mails, and phone calls, and a flood of negative feedback based on their support of what is clearly an attempt by the Journal to intimidate permit holders and paint them all as “nut jobs waiting to explode!”
The Sandy Hook shooter would NOT have appeared on this map. He did not own a gun. He was not a permit holder. As a matter of fact, the one thing that might have helped the community have a “discussion” about his disposition was his mental health history. Let’s see the newspaper get such information published without breaking Federal Privacy laws.
This is, of course, another irony. The mentally deranged psychiatric patient who WOULD shoot up a school has more privacy rights than a law-abiding, mentally sound gun permit holder!
Let’s see how “committed” the Journal is when their revenue stream starts to dry up. I wonder if the owners are willing to….ironically….”take a bullet” for the Editor In Chief when there’s no profit in it….