Paper Publishes Addresses of Gun Permit Holders: Public Safety or Publicity Stunt?

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I’m sure Disinfonauts will have a wide variety of opinions on this, and I’m very eager to hear them:

Via Yahoo News:

A newspaper in New York has received a wave of criticism from its readers after publishing the names and addresses of all of the individuals with handgun or pistol permits in its coverage area.

Hundreds of residents in New York’s Westchester and Rockland counties were surprised to find their names and addresses listed on a map posted by The Journal News on Sunday. Users can click any dot on the map to see which of their neighbors has a permit for a gun.

The map sparked more than 500 comments from readers within a day of its appearance on the website, many of them voicing outrage at the paper’s decision to make the information public.

“This is CRAZY!! why in the world would you post every licensed gun owner information?? What do you hope to accomplish by doing this. This is the type of thing you do for sex offenders not law abiding gun owners. What next? should i hang a flag outside my house that says I own a gun? I am canceling my subscription with your paper today!!!” said commenter Curtis Maenza.

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  • alizardx

    It’s a great idea. It simultaneously targets gun owners for criminals that might want to steal them and gives people an opportunity to find out which wealthy “liberals” are gun owners who believe that gun bans are for “the little people”.

    • alizardx

      Those who downrated my post are invited to ask Senator Dianne Feinstein, well known gun control advocate if she still has a concealed weapons permit.

      • Dingbert

        Don’t forget Dennis Kucinich or Eleanor Roosevelt, although the latter really wasn’t a gun control advocate.

        http://www.liberalswithguns.com

  • Calypso_1

    I wonder how the legions of conservative, gun-owning vets would feel if they knew the owner of this paper also publishes The Air Force Times, Army Times, Defense News, Armed Forces Journal, Navy Times & Federal Times among others.

    • “Big” Richard Johnson

      ‘The Army Times’ is great to use as birdcage liner.

  • just drop the guns

    Dont worry, the powers that be are just teasing about the guns. They are taking the jobs first, while leaving all guns nuts who train themselves out of their own pockets, nice and ready for a life of forced military service due to lack of options. Its brilliant really, a little massacre here and there is nothing to them, but ready and willing soldiers means big profits and more power over everyone and everything. Out of all the great american traditions, half wits choose to preserve guns to protect themselves from their imaginary troubles; i suspect out of pure insensitivity, apathy, boredom and mental atrophy.

  • echar

    It could be a shameless publicity stunt. Although alienating people is not the greatest way to advertise. It could also be them exploiting that horrific act to sell there agenda. On the one hand it’s public information, on the other they don’t have to shine a light on it. This can also be viewed as irresponsible considering how highly charged the topic is.

  • Earaches

    Join Us Next Week for A Map of Jewish Owned Businesses!

  • razzlebathbone

    I don’t get why the conservatives are pissed off about this.
    Think about it. If I’m a criminal and I’m looking for a place to rob, I’ll look for a place where nobody owns a gun, right? This newspaper is providing a valuable service to gun owners by making their homes safer (and the homes of their hated commie enemies less safe).
    What’s not to love about that?

  • Bluebird_of_Fastidiousness

    This is a prime example of the crazy shit I’ve seen because of the hysteria throughout the zeitgeist in reaction to the violation of our precious sense of security. It’s completely pathetic. The worst part is that so many of the insane things people are saying and doing in response to Sandy Hook isn’t just cathartic. It’s doing real damage.

    So now criminals in that area will know where to ply their trade without fear of guns, or alternatively, where to go to steal guns. The gun owners will be ostracized in the eyes of their neighbors and friends because of a personal political disagreement. The whole event lends credence to the “conspiratorial” mindset of the NRA and its affiliates, that licensing is just a step on the way to outlawing guns. And that genuinely hurts the possibility for any form of effective regulation of firearms.

    And for what? Seriously, what benefit can possibly come of this?

  • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

    I saw this item on Cryptogon.com last night and it gave me a good laugh. The official reaction to this initiative will certainly be telling.

    Another “We the People” petition…

    http://cryptogon.com/?p=32946

    “Petition to Eliminate Armed Guards for the President, Vice-President, and Their Families, and Establish Gun Free Zones Around Them”

    Gun Free Zones are supposed to protect our children, and some politicians wish to strip us of our right to keep and bear arms. Those same politicians and their families are currently under the protection of armed Secret Service agents. If Gun Free Zones are sufficient protection for our children, then Gun Free Zones should be good enough for politicians.

  • Dingbert