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January 2, 2013 in Guns

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Baran Hines

Just to illustrate how ridiculously hypocritical the gun control debate has gotten.

On December 22nd, the Journal News, online at LoHud.com, caused an uproar after drew international scorn over publishing an interactive map of pistol permit holders in Westchester and Rockland counties.

The Gannett-owned publication has done this before as a blogger noted.

It’s not the first time the Journal News had published names of gun permit holders. They also did so in 2006. A handful of other papers around the country have done this in recent years, as well. News network CNN interviewed The Poynter Institute, a school for journalists, about the story.
“Publishing gun owners’ names makes them targets for theft or public ridicule. It is journalistic arrogance to abuse public record privilege, just as it is to air 911 calls for no reason or to publish the home addresses of police or judges without cause,” Al Tompkins, a Poynter senior faculty member, said in a statement. “Unwarranted publishing of the names of permitted owners just encourages gun owners to skip the permitting.”

The infamous map only listed pistol permit holders and makes no mention of “assault rifles” or other weapons that the mainstream media is trying to make you fear. The Christian Science Monitor pointed out that the Journal News simply picked an easy, innocent, headlines-making target.

But publishing the names and addresses of legitimate handgun owners is seen as very different from tallying gun deaths or discussing aspects of weaponry. (The Journal News report does not include “long guns” – shotguns and rifles, including assault-style rifles – which do not require licenses.)

If the Journal News really wanted to make an impact, they’d talk about the stats on illegally possessed firearms, like a retired NYPD officer did in his Rockland County Times opinion piece. He comments on the more important statistics to innocent life, illegally possessed weapons in the hands of criminals and the correlation to crime. (Stats, stats and more stats)

As a detective assigned to Harlem for several years I was assigned to and assisted with numerous shooting and homicide investigations. The NYPD Precinct where I worked averaged over 60 homicides per year alone in 1993 and 1994 and over 90 percent were committed with illegal firearms. The other few percent were by other means-strangulation, knife, etc. I can state, without a doubt, that not one of those shootings or murders was committed by a legally registered handgun owner. However, there were exceptions, there were police officers who shot suspects brandishing illegal weapons. I see that Rockland and Westchester, where there are many, many, legal firearm permit holders with legal weapons, have astonishingly low shooting and homicide rates as opposed to NYC where almost no one is granted a pistol permit? I wonder why?

Mysteriously, these statistics are surprisingly left out of the whole equation. How come those facts are not printed? I can tell you why. They are facts and cannot be altered or twisted and don’t serve the purpose of the Journal News. The deranged and possibly mentally ill people behind the recent shootings that have tragically killed numerous men, women, and children are horrific to say the least but, these killers would find a way to kill somehow even if it wasn’t with a firearm that they stole or acquired illegally.

During the controversy, the Journal News began receiving an influx of calls, got a little worried and decided that hiring people with guns was the best option to guard company offices against the uncertainty they created, because surely at any moment, a crazy gun owner might come down and shoot up the office because they didn’t like their own personal safety endangered by a dumb ass publicity stunt that borders on faux-liberal new world order allegiance. The possibly more sensible competition, Rockland County Times, helped uncover this development.

A Clarkstown police report issued on December 28, 2012, confirmed that The Journal News has hired armed security guards from New City-based RGA Investigations and that they are manning the newspaper’s Rockland County headquarters at 1 Crosfield Ave., West Nyack, through at least tomorrow, Wednesday, January 2, 2013.

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.

Private investigator Richard Ayoob is the administrator of RGA. He told the Clarkstown Police on Friday, December 28 that there had been no problems on site at the Journal News headquarters despite the massive influx of phone calls and emails.

McBride had filed at least two reports with the Clarkstown Police Department due to perceived threats. However, the police did not find the communications in question actually threatening. Incident-Report 2012-00033099 describes McBride telling police she was worried because an email writer wondered “what McBride would get in her mail now.”

Police said the email “did not constitute an offense” and did not contain an actual threat.

To quote the writer of that story, Dylan Skriloff, “Guns are good for the goose but NOT for the gander” is the message coming from the Journal News regardless of what is said. It gives the impression that they only seem to believe in unilateral safety, ironically just like the politicians leading the charge on gun control now. Here’s two below, Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY).

Via WTF News

For your consideration with no extraneous words, because the Scumbag Steve meme is the internet dunce cap now.

Senator Dianne Feinstein who claims to have gotten rid of her concealed carry permit

‘I know the urge to arm yourself because that’s what I did’

She still wants to ban all guns and force Americans to turn them all in, literally. A 1995 video below

Senator Chuck Schumer, said to have a rare “unrestricted” permit in New York City, denies it, but wants all your guns gone

But he likes firing a TEC?

So what is it Journal News? Headlines or real public safety? If it’s public safety, how did publishing info of pistol permit holders make the neighborhood safer? If you asked county sheriffs or local police which one was a bigger criminal threat, what would they say? Criminals illegally possessing weapons or people who lawfully apply for a permit, volunteering information because they have nothing to hide and only seek to defend themselves? What about the virtual criminal’s guide to the area you just provided for those that want to know which houses likely have firearms? Doesn’t it endanger the neighbors who don’t have guns but have valuables to be stolen?

The reason the Journal News hired armed guards makes sense, there are a lot of crazy people out there and some of them have guns. The pattern fits, people want safety but don’t want a hand in securing it, leaving the dirty work to others. The police are a rapid response force (depending on your location) and do deter or intervene to stop crimes in progress. However, for many violent crimes, cops are usually the cleanup crew in the sense that the victim is already injured or dead.

Maybe you should just put up a gun-free zone sign, because that works so well.


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3 responses to Journal News [@lohud] Hires Armed Guards After Backlash Over Publishing Pistol Permit Holder Map

  1. I’m from Westchester NY, and this is SUCH a violation, and hardly anyone here cares…. insane and scary!! But you know what…. if Janet Hasson feels the authority to share OUR personal info, than I feel the authority to share HERS!! Janet Hasson, 3 Gatehouse Lane, Mamaroneck NY 10534 (914) 694-5204.

  2. C said on January 2, 2013

    Those with “power” or influence almost always [mistakenly] feel like they are untouchable, especially politicians; they don’t seem to realize they are NOT “untouchable” and when they go too far they get a nice reminder just how vulnerable they really are after one of them “tastes lead”.

    When you push a person or a group too far with your insults, abuses and insanity you will pay for it.

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