You know that noxious rag that published an interactive map of all the gun owners in its area, claiming some kind of moral imperative to “warn” its readers about gun owners near them in the wake of Sandy Hook? You know how they’re getting sued by at least one of the gun owners it had on its list that turned out not to be a gun owner, but a business that was apparently losing profits thanks to this listing?
Well, the law of unintended consequences continues to bite the Journal News in the ass.
Today Senator Greg Ball (Patterson – R, C, I) announced that a burglary has been reported on Davis Ave. in White Plains, New York that evidently ties into The Journal News gun maps. It is reported that the burglar used The Journal News’ interactive gun map to target a home included on the map. Luckily the gun was locked up and no one was hurt.
The newspaper has been conspicuously silent about the consequences of its actions, but it has hired armed guards, and armed security also graces the homes of its so-called “leadership.” White powder that ultimately was deemed to be harmless was sent to the newspaper’s offices, and an interactive map of its employees was published a few days later.
The paper’s publisher, editors and reporters still refuse to answer questions about why they did this, and are ignoring the consequences of their actions.
Legislation is being introduced to protect innocent gun owners from opportunistic, disgusting swine that would take advantage of them for their own personal gain – for attention – for notoriety.
…the Vice President of the Affiliated Police Association of Westchester County, Robert Buckley, said in a letter, publishing these maps online is jeopardizing the safety of residents and is irresponsible.
“The Affiliated Police Association of Westchester County Inc. is putting The Journal News on notice that we will hold [them] accountable for any incident where any of our over 25,000 members are involved with an incident where a criminal or ex-con presents themselves at the residence of one of our members as a result of their name being made public by [their] newspaper,” said Buckley.
I wonder how the newspaper will respond when a stalker finally finds his victim using their interactive toy. I wonder whether the reporters will speak up when a gun owner’s home is robbed, his guns are stolen and then used to commit another murder. Will they remain silent?
And when will enough be enough? When their staff is harassed at their homes? When their homes are the focus of protests? When their published list leads to dead innocents?
Will they speak out then, or hide behind the First Amendment, repeating over and over again that they had the right to publish the list? And will they continue to hide behind armed guards – some of whom are probably on that same list as gun owners – to protect them when the people they have outed finally snap and go after them.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – just because you CAN do something, doesn’t mean you should.