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Jan 08 2013

Continuing Fallout From the Unconscionable Irresponsibility of the Journal News

Yet another pernicious consequence of Gannett’s odious Journal News attempting to persecute gun owners by putting up an interactive map that gives their names and addresses:

Rockland County [New York] 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.

Criminals, you have a friend in the Journal News.

Meanwhile, across the state line:

Lawmakers in Connecticut – still [avidly exploiting] the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting – are moving forward with legislation that could make public the names and addresses of 170,000 handgun permit holders in the state.

The measure, introduced by state Rep. Stephen Dargan, is the latest effort to clamp down on guns in Connecticut. If passed, the bill would reverse a 20-year decision by state lawmakers to keep the personal information confidential. The legislation would make the information fair game under the state’s Freedom of Information Act.

That way, the Journal News can cause the same havoc in Connecticut it has in Westchester and Rockland Counties.

Care to guess Dargan’s party affiliation?

Stephen-Dargan
Dargan: another friend of criminals.

On tips from Bob Roberts, Wiggins, Metryq, Peter Franks, and Sherrie.

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  • johnnosk

    Here is what I don’t understand, if yelling “FIRE” in a crowded theater when there is no fire is not covered under free speech laws because you are putting other people in danger.

    Then why is a monstrosity like the interactive map of handgun owners allowed under the same laws?

    I would think that the latter is putting members of the public in danger as well.

  • Doug

    And this s not “crosshairs” on legal gun owners? If only lao were around to explain that one.

    Let’s post Dargan’s home address.

  • justme

    But Dave, You CAN TRUST THE GOVERNMENT WITH YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION, THEY WOULD NEVER ALLOW IT TO BE MADE PUBLIC. Like your national database of medical records, voting records, financial information..

    The government is your friend unless it decides you to be its enemy, then you are just its enemy.

  • Winston Smith

    What is needed is an interactive map of all criminals – from retail theft to drug offenses to rape to murder.

  • Winston Smith

    A map of illegal aliens would be a great idea too.

  • StanInTexas

    Isn’t it interesting that when there is a case of irresponsible firearm usage, there are calls to repeal the 2nd Amendment. Yet when there are multiple overt cases of journalistic irresponsibility, no one tries to repeal of limit the 1st Amendment?

  • Winston Smith

    An interactive map of all politicians and government workers too – after all, WE THE PEOPLE are paying their bloated salaries and benefits.

  • Dr. 9

    Save for (1) blogger who at least tried to fight back by making public the name, home phone number, and home address of the reporter responsible for this outrageous story, why has no one else used the internet to do the same thing, but on a much larger scale? If i had the skills, every reporters personal info would be all over the internet. Let’s see how they like it.

    Is it only radical Leftists who are computer savvy? Or, is it only those on the Left who have the balls?

  • grayjohn

    Gun owners should pack up their homes, their businesses,
    the jobs they provide, and the taxrs they pay, and move to state that isn’t filled with pudgy retards like Dragan.

  • F.D.R. in Hell

    Next, the Geheime Staatspolizei will force gun owners wear ankle monitors and embed RFID chips in guns.

    How do you like 1933 so far? :evil:

  • Doug

    Frankie baby, damn that Adolf, he completely ruined your plans for total state control, didn’t he?

  • Dr. 9

    QUOTABLE QUOTES
    “Washington’s Republicans and Democrats alike have become the toll collectors on the road to serfdom…” – Arthur Herman

  • F.D.R. in Hell

    Dougie, your boy in the White House has already succeeded.
    :evil:

  • TED

    Their NEXT map…

    Home Depot Terrorists

  • Joe

    Care to guess Dargan’s party affiliation?

    Oh, I don’t know. Judging by his picture, I’d say dork, or maybe twit. He’s probably never been invited to a party.

  • Jimbo

    @ Winston Smith -

    When I moved to Austin a number of years ago there was an interactive map that showed the addresses/names/crimes committed of known felons. It was pretty interesting. (I noted in my neighborhood it was mostly white-collar stuff.) I just looked for it and can’t seem to find it anymore. Maybe the liberals in charge of Austin decided it was hateful and dangerous to the felons.

  • snuss

    I still don’t understand why no one has filed a class-action lawsuit against the newspaper for malice. Most of these people are not public figures, and being exposed to harm by this newspaper would seem to be an actionable offense, either criminally, or in civil court.

  • bobdog

    Has anybody ever seen comedian Bill Engdahl do his bit about the “dorkfish”?

    “Yup. I’m a dorkfish.”

    Remember that? Now go take another look at the photo above.

  • criolle johnny

    Joe, that’s why they’re called POLITICAL parties. Nobody would invite those jackasses (or elephants) to a real party.

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