Skip to comments.Newspaper Publishes Gun Owners’ Names and Addresses
Posted on 12/25/2012 6:07:09 AM PST by Not gonna take it anymore
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 Yorks 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 papers 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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See my reply here> http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2972121/posts?page=76#76
Maybe Janet’s contact info (publicly available information) should be mailed to the area’s registered sex offenders (publicly available information).
Of course, if that is illegal, that certainly should not be done...but then, if it’s legal to do so...
Those who perform the "Mini-Waco" duties will be underlings following orders. The ones who must be made to pay are the ones GIVING the orders. I suggest publication of a list of the primary targets, and that those on the list know full well that they are on it. That might give them pause, and cause a change in career choice for some.
It's best to hold onto the original AS IS ( that means no more than a light oil rub to prevent further oxidation - no steel wool or polishing attempts). It has more value that way. Have it appraised, you'll be pleasantly surprised.
Currently black powder rifles and replica pistols DO NOT require a FFL vendor sale. They can be ordered over the web and delivered to your door directly. Of course that leaves a paper trail. Seeing as you're a Texan, you should be able to make a cash buy anywhere. Private sales are unregulated and there are quite a few Cowboy Action Shooters in your neck of the woods that you wouldn't have any problem finding something at a reasonable price. The second advantage is that the modern replicas are made with modern steel and therefore far safer than any original.
If you find a Cowboy Action group (Single Action Shooter Society) near you, call them and attend their local events. You'll not find a more hospitable and friendly group. They're eager to help BP novices. They'll allow you to test their weapons and are free and easy with advice and tips.
Indeed. I visited the site, went through MANY pages of comments, and not a positive one did I see.....even some anti-gun people are getting on their asses for terminal stupidity. A lot of subscription cancellations, too. When I scanned, there were ~1,300 comments. If the usual ratio holds (10 "silent" agreements for every one "public" comment), that is LOT of negative sentiment.
I foresee a precipitous drop in their revenue stream.
I posted that link yesterday. When it was pointed out to me that lohud is ballistic about hotlinks from FR, I asked the mods to remove it. It can be found with a Google search on “map of gun owners in NY.”
The Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C.A. 552a) is a federal law that places restrictions on the federal government's collection, use, and dissemination of personal information. As with most comprehensive federal statutes, the act provides general and specific exemptions as well as an administrative appeals process. The genesis of the Privacy Act can be traced back to 1965, when a congressional subcommittee examined privacy issues. Between 1965 and 1974, other congressional committees held hearings and issued reports on how individual privacy rights were affected by the growth of national data banks and the emergence of electronic data collection and storage. An important catalyst for the legislation was a Department of Health, Education, and Welfare report on government records and computers. The report proposed a "Code of Fair Information Practices" to be followed by all federal agencies and urged the adoption of five core principles: (1) the government should not maintain any secret records; (2) individuals must be able to see what personal information about them is stored and how it is used; (3) individuals must provide prior written consent before personal information collected for one purpose can be used for a different purpose; (4) individuals must be allowed to fix or clarify personal information about them; and (5) organizations that store or use personal data must be responsible for the information's veracity and must attempt to prevent its misuse. Congress incorporated these principles into the Privacy Act, which applies to the Executive Branch of the federal government. The executive branch encompasses administrative agencies, government corporations, and government-controlled corporations. The act does not apply to records kept by state and local governments or by private companies or organizations. Only U.S. citizens and lawfully admitted Aliens are given rights under the act. Accordingly, nonresident foreign nationals may not invoke the provisions of the act.
It appears that Mr. Fountain (the gentleman and hero that put forth the editor’s name and address of the offending “news” article) received a comment on just that from a police officer (whose name happened to pop up on their map)
One of those who commented suggested publishing the names and addresses of those who work for that newspaper.
This makes a lot of sense, especially if when the list is posted to the Internet, it includes an “editorial comment”, to the effect that “the employees of this newspaper are opposed to gun ownership, so it is likely they do not have legal guns in their homes.”
Of course the owners, publisher, editors, and reporters would not care, but what about the rest of their employees?
you are right. I was using a work computer (at home)..and for some reason they didn’t show up. They sure do when sing the iPad, though. Thanks.
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Now criminals know which homes to break into. The ones that don’t have guns.
Or those who have
aborted murdered their unborn children.
Thanks for the link, I grew up in the 70s and my dad was an MP in WWII he told me about how Hitler used shoe boxes filled with registrations to locate disarm and/or round up gun owners. Nothing miffes me more than the way data is collected by the government that can be used against private citizens. The men and women that fought that war up close and personal made and passed laws against even keeping that kind of information and now those laws are just ignored.
With this kind of love from the Commies, they may as well put up yard signs that say: “Don’t trespass and you won’t have to find out if my license is current.” Of course our militant forefathers would probably have burned the hall of records.
Yup. It's illegal to publish the names/addresses of LEOs in many states.
OMG!!!!! FOlks, take another look at that map that they claim is only for two counties. You can scroll out to encompass a LOT more than two counties, with LOTS more DOTS, in LOTS more STATES.
That publisher is going to be in a lot more hot water than just locally. FWIW, My county in PA. didn’t show any dots.
Perhaps we should publish the names, addresses, phone numbers and any other personal information of the so-called Journalists who perpetrated this outrage.
To be more specific, the second map (the one of Rockland County) is the one I’m scrolling out on. I see a few dots in Pa., Rhode Island, West Virginia and Virginia, Carolinas, Georgia, etc.
“....the neighbors are supposed to engage the gun owners in conversations about why they want to kill kindergarten kids. Ive also seen it used to encourage neighbors to prohibit their children from visiting the gun owners homes....”
Please, tell us more. For example, longtime gungrabber Josh Sugarmann favors ID’ing & ostracizing gun owners in the neighborhood. Amitai Etzioni of the “communitarian” school also wrote of neighbors acting in the role of the Cuban Committees for Defense of the Revolution, by deploying informants and neighborhood watch committees who march en masse to a suspected gun owner’s door to demand an accounting.
That’s more spooky than a Di-Fi AWB, in my opinion. On the other hand, it would have to be a majority liberal ‘hood for people to start acting like snitches & scolds.
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