The Journal News invasion of gun owners privacy: Round 2

Round 2

The Journal News is once again seeking to acquire gun owners information and addresses in Putnam, Rockland and Westchester Counties.  This is a rehash of the action they took last year when they published the names and addresses of legal law abiding gun owners in December to try and ostracize  gun owners.

Ironic, that the workers at the Journal News did not seem to enjoy the same treatment when their addresses and information was made available online.

You can see if a Journal News employee lives in your neighborhood here:

Google Interactive Map of Journal News Employees

In December, the Journal News employees were so frazzled that THEIR information was made public that they required therapists to come in to try and calm them and the JN paid for that as well as extra security.

Last I heard, the Journal News did not pay for the therapy of the battered wives in hiding with gun permits who now were in actual fear that their abusive husbands were going to find them nor did the JN provide them with added security.

Which makes it all the more curious that the Journal News is going down this road again.  They have just requested the names of all the gun owners who did not file  “opt out” papers in order to make their identities private.

Let me take a step back and ask this question, why does New York State require you to file papers in order to keep your information private in the first place?  Why can’t they just simply pass a law declaring the information private?

I mean, NEW JERSEY of all places has just done that.  The New Jersey Assembly on Monday unanimously passed a bill that would prohibit the public release of such data — the identities of firearms purchased ID card holders, and handgun purchaser permit holders.

Sigh…it is New York afterall…I guess I shouldn’t expect too much.

The oddest part of this story is what the Journal News intends to do with the names once they have them.   One of the editors from the paper told Rockland County clerk that the paper doesn’t intend to publish the names.

Uh-huh…

Just like when I buy bullets I don’t intend to shoot them…until I do.