This is ones of the best media stories so far to highlight the hypocrisy of the anti-Second Amendment crowd. After publishing the names of pistol permit holders in Rockland and Westchester, a local newspaper with a pro-gun control bent has decided to hire armed guards because of the negative backlash it received. The paper’s competitor, the Rockland Times, has the exclusive:
According to police reports on public record, Journal News Rockland Editor Caryn A. McBride was alarmed by the volume of “negative correspondence,” namely an avalanche of phone calls and emails to the Journal News office, following the newspaper’s publishing of a map of all pistol permit holders in Rockland and Westchester.
Due to apparent safety concerns, the newspaper then decided to hire RGA Investigations to provide armed personnel to man the location. …
The Journal News caused an international stir when they released an interactive map of pistol permit holders names and addresses in Rockland and Westchester counties last Sunday, December 23. The editors have said they believe knowing where guns are is in the public’s interest. The newspaper has also taken a strident editorial position in favor of strict gun control.
Rather than take the map down following the public uproar, the executive board at the Journal News has decided to “stick to their guns” and double-down on their original decision, as they have said a map listing all pistol permit holders in Putnam County will soon to be posted.
Note that the emails sent to the Journal News weren’t considered threatening enough for police to intervene, which is the why the paper ended up hiring private security. In places with strict gun control like the UK, where guns are prohibited even for private security guards, the Journal News would have been out of luck.
According to the paper, it was only publishing open source records that it felt were in the public interest. Obviously, it’s their right to print them for whatever reason. But it’s hard to understand how an interactive map of all gun owners in the area would benefit unarmed members of the public. The people who should be really angry about this aren’t the gun owners, but the non-gun owners. Criminals now have a map of every armed house they should skip in the neighborhood.