Skip to comments.FAIL of the Day—-Twenty-five Percent of the Journal News’ Rockland County Gun-Map not Accurate
Posted on 01/05/2013 10:50:48 PM PST by Impala64ssa
The intentions of the Journal News editorial board in publishing a highly controversial interactive gun map are further occluded by an inconvenient fact.
According to Rockland County Clerk Paul Piperato, in Rockland County a large number of the names and addresses on the map are not even correct.
Piperato said, Id figure about 25 percent of the addresses are not accurate.
He explained that when persons change their address or pass away it is supposed to be reported to the County Clerks office, but the county has no means to vigorously enforce this regulation. Thus pistol permit and other permit registries are not reliably accurate as a source of addresses in Rockland.
The Journal News editorial boards justification for the interactive map has been that it shows where potentially dangerous guns are in the neighborhood, yet they have been aware all along that the map is grossly inaccurate. Rockland residents have reported that the information on the gun map is sometimes more than 20 years outdated.
Clerk Lambastes Newspaper
At a press conference Piperato lambasted the Journal News for their publication of the map. He said, This is no way to sell newspapers. I want to demand the Journal News get that map and that list off their website.
He noted in 2006 when the Journal News editorial board requested gun permit information he successfully pleaded with them only to publish names and towns, and leave the addresses out of it. This time he had no such luck.
Piperato is also president of the New York State Association of County Clerks. He said in light of the current controversy the clerks of all 62 counties in New York support legislation restricting publication of gun permit registration.
County Clerk Dennis Sant in nearby Putnam has refused to comply with the Journal News FOIL request for gun permit holders, citing public safety concerns. Piperato said he shared Sants concerns but ultimately decided to follow the letter of the law, as he believes Putnam County will lose in court if state law is not changed.
Journal News Publisher Janet Hasson was emailed and called asking for a response regarding why her paper would publish an interactive map that contained so much outdated information. She did not reply to the Rockland County Times queries.
In neighboring Westchester, which is also part of the Journal News map, Piperato said updates of permit information occur annually, albeit at considerable expense to taxpayers.
This has to be incontrovertible proof that the press are indeed government employees. No other organization produces or tolerates people this stupid.
Hard times for print leads to....... think with your a## instead of your head or Im as stupid as I look and yes I am a hypocritical progressive liberal skunk who owns a fire arm but Im important.
I smell class action lawsuits against the Journal News. If anyone is burgled, hurt, and killed (either at the identified permit holder’s homes or surrounding neighbors), this bird cage liner will be paying damages until it’s extinct. Let the lawsuits begin and let these so called “journalists” sweat. They’re toast.
There needs to be a BIG lawsuit. Sue their a$$e$ off!