Sauce for the Media Geese Who Published Gun Owners’ Personal Information
by Bryan Preston
The Westchester, NY Journal-News made the deliberate decision to gather up information on gun owners in its region and map where those citizens live. Those citizens have broken no laws; if they had, many of them would not be legally allowed to own a firearm. After spying on its community, the Journal-News then took the step of publishing that information for everyone in the world, including the worst of the worst of society who have been freed by lax, liberal criminal justice policies, to find and study and target the families who live at those addresses, or target their unarmed neighbors.
Sauce for the goose, as they say. The blog For What It’s Worth has gathered and published contact information for all involved in the Journal-News’ decision to expose the law-abiding gun owners in its area (its map does not show which homes belong to armed criminals, of course). The two main culprits are the paper’s publisher, Janet Hasson, and the reporter on the story, Dwight R. Worley.
I see several angles to this.
1.) To the surprise of no one who has observed this country’s MSM, a newspaper decided to expose private citizens to unknown dangers, simply because those citizens have obeyed gun laws by registering their guns.
2.) I’m old enough to remember 1960s and 1970s opponents of gun registration arguing that once their personal information was given the government, it would be misused. That argument was ridiculed as ridiculous fear-mongering. I doubt this is anywhere near the first time that information has been misused, but this is a very public example of the misuse they feared and predicted!
3.) Whether (how many) non-gun-owners are now fearful of their gun-owning neighbors, I do not know. What they should fear is that would-be criminals will know they do not own guns and target them as low-threat targets.
4.) If you want to know whether these newspaper idiots really fear legal gun owners, consider for a moment. They had to know their violation of these gun owners’ privacy would make them less than happy. And they had to know that those gun owners could easily, if the wished to, find their home addresses. So those newspaper idiots violated their neighbors’ privacy with the knowledge that they were safe in doing so. IOW, publishing those names/addresses was a stunt, smart-assery, not publishing vitally important for the public to know.