Skip to comments.The Journal News is Armed and Dangerous
Posted on 01/01/2013 4:29:25 PM PST by Gomez
Guns are good for the goose but NOT for the gander.
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 newspapers 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 newspapers 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.
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 publics 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.
The controversial use of the Freedom of Information Act to create the interactive map may come back to bite the Journal News and others who would prefer that pistol permits remain public record.
New York State Senator Greg Ball has already introduced state legislation to make such records off-limits to the public and Rockland County legislators led by Frank Sparaco (R) will soon introduce a bipartisan-sponsored resolution with a similar intent.
It is not clear whether the negative reaction has threatened the Journal News true popularity as a news source. As an anecdotal piece of evidence, the Rockland County Times confirms receiving an influx of new subscribers who stated they cancelled their subscription to the Journal News due to the gun story.
The Rockland County Times has not investigated whether the Journal News Westchester County headquarters in White Plains has beefed up security.
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no info for McBride on the page that gave all the info for the Journal News writers, though he seems to have significantly cut it down...
Let me see if I get this straight.
20 dead children = no need for any armed personnel at school.
A couple of ambiguous emails = emergency requiring multiple armed guards.
Takeaway = journalists obviously more important than kindergartners.
You mean concerns like home invasions, burglars, drug fiends, and armed government thugs?
A deterrent does not work if it is a secret.
“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 newspapers publishing of a map of all pistol permit holders in Rockland and Westchester.”
That’s Caryn McBride, of 17 McBride Ave., White Plains, NY 10603 Phone: 914-948-9388
@LegInsurrection: Group claims hacked subscriber database of NY newspaper which published gun permit map http://nblo.gs/GB2PU
Paraphrased for viewing pleasure!
Westchester Toyota may be under contract, but they can determine what they advertise. They can tell the paper to print an ad stating they disagree with the paper’s stunt. If they paper refuses, then the contract could be voided.
Funny - they argue that putting up the names and addressing of lawful gun owners isn’t threatening, but the angry emails are.
That is truly ironic. :)
I recall reading that some dealer in Texas basically gave away a gift card to a local gun store if you purchased a new vehicle. Maybe Westchester Toyota could do the same.
It would not surprise me if the editor of this rag threw a rock through his own office window and claimed he was under attack by “gun extremists”. That’s an old Alinsky tactic.
So a media outlet is getting what it deserves...well, not quite.