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Continuing Fallout From the Unconscionable Irresponsibility of the Journal News

Written By : Dave Blount
January 8, 2013

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:

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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?

On tips from Bob Roberts, Wiggins, Metryq, Peter Franks, and Sherrie. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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