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I hope they get sued into oblivion.

Combine this with ex-criminals/burglars commenting on how it endangers the public and helps criminals.





Inmates using newspaper's gun owner map to threaten guards, sheriff says


Published January 04, 2013

| FoxNews.com


Law enforcement officials from a New York region where a local paper published a map identifying gun owners say prisoners are using the information to intimidate guards.

Rockland County Sheriff Louis Falco, who spoke at a news conference flanked by other county officials, said the Journal News' decision to post an online map of names and addresses of handgun owners Dec. 23 has put law enforcement officers in danger.

"They have inmates coming up to them and telling them exactly where they live. That's not acceptable to me," Falco said, according to Newsday.

Robert Riley, an officer with the White Plains Police Department and president of its Patrolman’s Benevolent Association, agreed.

"You have guys who work in New York City who live up here. Now their names and addresses are out there, too," he said adding that there are 8,000 active and retired NYPD officers currently living in Rockland County.

Local lawmakers also say that they intend to introduce legislation that prevents information about legal gun owners from being released to the public.

The newspaper published the online map last month alongside an article titled, "The gun owner next door: What you don't know about the weapons in your neighborhood." The map included the names and addresses of pistol permit holders in Westchester and Rockland counties obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.

While the paper ostensibly sought to make a point about gun proliferation in the wake of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., the effort may have backfired. A blogger reacted with a map showing where key editorial staffers live, and some outraged groups have called for a boycott of parent company Gannett’s national advertisers. Ironically, the newspaper has now stationed armed guards outside at least one of its offices.


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I hope this ends as badly as possible for the self-righteous bitches and sons-of-bitches, ideally with this rag ceasing to exist and the principles facing legal judgements that they will not be able to live long enough to see come to and end. Even then they will have gotten off light....

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I think they must be really feeling the backlash of printing that map by now. I know I wrote them a pretty basic letter to the editor:





Dear Sir or Madam,


Your article entitled "The gun owner next door: What you don't know about the weapons in your neighborhood" has an interactive map listing gun owners in the New York area. I cannot believe that you haven't taken this down, and cannot believe that you are defending and supporting this.


These are legal, registered gun owners being paraded out in the open to be demonized for practicing their constitutional right (AND DUTY) by owning a firearm to hunt, and protect against the tyranny of evil men. You have also made a database for would-be criminals to conveniently know who is officially armed, so they can make more educated decisions about who and who not to try and rob. Don't you see the moral dilemma that you are putting your publication in?


You can spout your bull saying that the public has a right to know. They do, and they also have the right to know that several memorial pages for the CT shooters went up on facebook THE DAY OF OR DAYS BEFORE THE SHOOTING, but I'm sure your "cutting edge" publication will cover that eventually! I'm off topic, so to return to the real point here...


I'm sure your hippie liberal agenda keeps you from realizing that guns aren't the problem here, that morality is the problem. Statistics PROVE that areas where guns are banned or restricted have higher gun-related crime rates, because the only people that have them are criminals, and good people can't defend themselves.


Moreover, these shootings are happening by perpetrators that are hopped up on anti-depressants and anti-psychotics, but no one wants to touch that with a 10 foot pole because everyone want to believe the big pharma can do no wrong.


I don't expect my voice to matter to you, but thousands of voices in unison are telling you it's wrong to encroach on OUR (yours too) 2nd Amendment Rights AND our rights to privacy. This isn't a gun control issue, it's a morality issue. Guns don't kill people... deranged and estranged psychopaths on medications do!

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The Freedom of Information Act is a good thing on the whole, but cases like this give it a bad name. If you look at what types of information are exempt from FOIA requests, the gun owner data should never have been released: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freedom_of_Information_Act_%28United_States%29

"clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy." is the phrase used, I think this would qualify as a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.


The New York state law is a little different: http://www.dos.ny.gov/coog/foil2.html

The New York version has provisions to not release data if it would "if disclosed could endanger the life or safety of any person" and "disclosure of information of a personal nature when disclosure would result in economic or personal hardship to the subject party and such information is not relevant to the work of the agency requesting or maintaining it".


If I were a New York gun owner and my name were on that list I'd be speaking to a lawyer right now. I'm not a lawyer and my understanding of the law may be flawed, but based on that information you might have a good case that New York state messed up when they released the data. Sicking lawyers on these people might be the only way to get the message across that harassing legal gun owners is not OK.

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With such reckless stupidity as this I wouldn't waste the time to communicate with them. They will reap what they've sown. I imagine right after they did this they sat back and waited to enjoy the praise and approval of the radical left....now I hope they are consumed with that feeling one has when they realize they'd done and smacked a bear in the ass.


And I can appreciate the conversation about whether what they did was legal or not but IMO it doesn't matter...just because something is legal doesn't mean it's advisable.


Their intention was to have a negative influence on law abiding citizens, to "punish" evil gun owners. That is malicious intent legal or not.

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Now that this is being so publicly abused maybe they will vote in representatives that will change these oppressive laws.

Bloomberg and Cuomo have got to be replaced with representatives that aren't socialist minded.


Read in another post that these nutsacks are in someway involved in WH talks. Big government needs to go.

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It certainly raises a concern for me. It did from the first moment I heard about it. I'm not in either of those counties, and I'm glad of it. I really have doubts that the Departments will do anything to assist these Officers. The Unions will, not the Depts.

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While I am a huge proponent of the first amendment, the actions of this newspaper should be held liable for their vigilante justice, should there be any repercussions. As a gun owner, I would file a civil suit against the paper for essentially putting my family and me in danger.

Here's an idea, why not publish the names and addresses of all the mentally ill that are capable of such violence, within the same geographical area? How about the name and address of anybody who's ever committed a crime, no matter how insignificant? Would it not be within the realm of possibilities that they represent a larger threat than law abiding citizens?


It honestly sickens me that in the liberal mindset there is no personal responsibility, only victims. But why aren't they harping on the root cause that links all of these tragic events together? Ignoring mental heath issues is far more dangerous than publicly flogging innocent people who have legally obtained firearms. Sure, let's blame an inanimate object and punish those who had nothing to do with the specific crime? In doing so, let's shred the very document that's the foundation of our entire society?


They are such morons.

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Here's a point that may have slipped by you.


The newspaper wouldn't have been able to access a government database of firearms owners if the government hadn't created the database in the first place. Registration is an unconstitutional infringement.


There are NO valid justifications for firearms registration.


This incident is only the tip of the iceberg for the bad that follows registration.

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