Anti-gun zealots get a lot more than they bargained for after publishing the names and home addresses of New York handgun permit holders.
On December 24, 2012, The Journal News got up on it's high horse and published an article titled "The gun owner next door: What you don't know about the weapons in in your neighborhood", which included links to two interactive maps. These online maps contained the names and addresses of thousands handgun permit holders in New York's Westchester and Rockland counties.
Needless to say, gun owners and privacy advocates were furious, just as Canadians were back when the Ottawa Citizen pulled a similar stunt here in Canada. The only difference was the Canadian information didn't contain names and addresses of gun owners, "just" their postal codes along with every firearm they owned.
This time it's far worse as the names and home addresses of every permit holder in these two counties are displayed on these maps.
Common sense and decency appear to be rare commodities at The Journal News, as evidenced by the self-righteous justification spewed forth by Janet Hasson, president and publisher of The Journal News Media Group.
“New York residents have the right to own guns with a permit and they also have a right to access public information.”
Janet Hasson is correct legally, if not morally. Under current law, the names and addresses of all license holders is considered public information.
5. Filing of approved applications. The application for any license, if granted, shall be filed by the licensing officer with the clerk of the county of issuance, except that in the city of New York and, in the counties of Nassau and Suffolk, the licensing officer shall designate the place of filing in the appropriate division, bureau or unit of the police department thereof, and in the county of Suffolk the county clerk is hereby authorized to transfer all records or applications relating to firearms to the licensing authority of that county. The name and address of any person to whom an application for any license has been granted shall be a public record.
Clearly this law needs to be changed to protect the personal information of license holders.
That said, just because you can do something, does that really mean you should? Just because it's legal, does that mean it's the right thing to do?
As long as you're a gun-hating zealot, the answer is a resounding YES! Anything that can advance the anti-gun agenda is fair game, especially if it endangers the lives of those neanderthal gun owners.
CynDee Royle, editor and vice-president of the paper, said after the article was published,
“We knew publication of the database would be controversial, but we felt sharing as much information as we could about gun ownership in our area was important in the aftermath of the Newtown shootings. People are concerned about who owns guns and how many of them there are in their neighborhoods.”
People willing to jump through all the legal hoops to obtain a handgun permit in New York State are hardly the criminals-in-waiting Royle and Hasson makes them out to be. They are, in fact, the most law-abiding citizens there are.
I think an interactive map publicizing the name and home address of every convicted pedophile would be far more useful to citizens concerned about the safety of their children.
Then, of course, there are the Unintended Consequences.
The problem with what The Journal News did is far greater than it appears on the surface. It's not just about an invasion of privacy, it's about the safety and security of every person included on that map, which just happens to include law enforcement as well.
One very upset member of law enforcement wrote under a pseudonym:
My name and address appear on that map and to say the least, I'm pissed. In all my years as a LEO, I listed my telephone using a pseudonym and my vehicles and driver's license came back to a post office box. Now these idiots have identified my address.
All the cases I worked as a detective involved career criminals and lots and lots of those low-lifes were sent to prison with extended sentences. Hell, they all knew my name as the cop that put them in prison but none were able to find me outside of the detective squad where I worked.
So now I have to be on super high alert wherever I go just in case one of these nit-wits decides to look me up? WTF!!!
Well, what's good for the goose is good for the gander too, right? Apparently not, at least as far as The Journal News website is concerned.
When Christopher Fountain posted the name, home address and phone number for the paper's publisher, Janet Hanson, (3 Gate House Lane, Mamaroneck NY 105643 (248-) 594-2197) that comment was promptly deleted.
Seems all this talk of "freedom of information" is just a one-way street.
Shocking, I know!
As a result of this, Christopher Fountain made a decision.
If posting her name, address and phone number wasn't okay on the newspaper's website, he'd post that information on his own blog. He then went a few miles further and posted the names, addresses, phone numbers and anything else he could find out about the employees of The Journal News to his blog.
Suddenly the shoe is on the other foot and the hypocrites at The Journal News are no longer quite so thrilled with all this "access to information".
Again, I'm shocked.
Below you will find contact information for every person working at The Journal News as it was posted on Christopher Fountain's blog. I'm reposting it here in the interest of openness and fairness. If it's okay to publish the names and home addresses of New York State Gun owners, surely it's okay to do the same for the publishers and staff of the newspaper so willing to hop up on their high, hypocritical horse, right?
White Plains newspaper The Journal- News, a Gannett publication, has published the full name and address of every licensed pistol permit holder in three New York counties. I don’t know whether the Journal’s publisher Janet Hasson is a permit holder herself, but here’s how to find her to ask:
(UPDATE: Uh oh – InstaPundit’s linked here. Hundreds of thousands of readers; Janet, you have a great Christmas Eve)
Janet Hasson, 3 Gate House Lane, Mamaroneck, NY 10534.
Here’s a photo showing her Mamaroneck house – interior shots are on Zillow:
UPDATE: From reader RJS: Gannett’s CEO-
Gracia C Martore
728 Springvale Rd
Great Falls, VA 22066
The reporter on the story is
Dwight R Worley
23006 139 Ave
Springfield Gardens, NY 11413 (718) 527-0832
UPDATE: Intrepid readers have come up with all sorts of contacts for these people:
Miss Royle’s married name is Lambert. She lives in White Plains and here is her Facebook page complete with pictures of her and her kids. Hello Sanctimony.
Cynthia R Lambert
17 Mcbride Ave
White Plains, NY 10603 (914) 948-9388
Drives a red convertible:http://s13.postimage.org/k8ffnxuo7/cyndee_royle_aka_cynthia_lambert_red_convertible.jpg
Family photo: http://s7.postimage.org/dkqtytvyj/cyndee_royle_aka_cynthia_lambert_fb_alt_private.jpg
Publisher, Janet Hasson,
3 Gate House Lane, Mamaroneck NY, 10543
Reporter, Dwight R. Worley, 23006 139 Ave
Springfield Gardens, NY 11413
The “Visual Editor” responsible for the map itself is:
Robert F. Rodriguez
(w) Stephanie Azzarone
Home (212) 222-4566
420 Riverside Dr, Apt 7A
New York, NY 10025-7748
Publisher: Janet Hasson (@janhasson on twitter) 3 Gate House Rd, Mamaroneck, NY 10534
Gracia C Martore 728 Springvale Rd Great Falls, VA 22066 (703) 759-5954
OTHER STAFF MEMBERS:
–(Junior Editor) Nancy Cutler 9 Woodwind Ln, Spring Valley, NY. (845) 354 3485
Barbara Livingstone Nackman a Reporter on the municipal beat can be found here:
Barbara L Nackman
279 Farrington Ave
Tarrytown, NY 10591 (914) 332-5185
Swapna Venugopal Also a Reporter and can be found on
306 Quaker Rd
Chappaqua, NY 10514 (914) 238-4607
Michael J Risinit
42 Robinson Ln
Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 (845) 454-2278
107 Valleyview Rd
Irvington, NY 10533 (914) 231-5411
OTHER STAFF. Let them know you how you feel about the actions of their co-workers and management.
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