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The Journal News is Armed and Dangerous

Posted by on Jan. 2, 2013 at 6:49 AM
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Guns are good for the goose but NOT for the gander.

A Clarkstown police report issued on December 28, 2012, confirmed that The Journal News has hired armed security guards from New City-based RGA Investigations and that they are manning the newspaper’s Rockland County headquarters at 1 Crosfield Ave., West Nyack, through at least tomorrow, Wednesday, January 2, 2013.

According to police reports on public record, Journal News Rockland Editor Caryn A. McBride was alarmed by the volume of “negative correspondence,” namely an avalanche of phone calls and emails to the Journal News office, following the newspaper’s publishing of a map of all pistol permit holders in Rockland and Westchester.

Due to apparent safety concerns, the newspaper then decided to hire RGA Investigations to provide armed personnel to man the location.

Private investigator Richard Ayoob is the administrator of RGA. He told the Clarkstown Police on Friday, December 28 that there had been no problems on site at the Journal News headquarters despite the massive influx of phone calls and emails.

McBride had filed at least two reports with the Clarkstown Police Department due to perceived threats. However, the police did not find the communications in question actually threatening. Incident-Report 2012-00033099 describes McBride telling police she was worried because an email writer wondered “what McBride would get in her mail now.”

Police said the email “did not constitute an offense” and did not contain an actual threat.

The Journal News caused an international stir when they released an interactive map of pistol permit holders names and addresses in Rockland and Westchester counties last Sunday, December 23. The editors have said they believe knowing where guns are is in the public’s interest. The newspaper has also taken a strident editorial position in favor of strict gun control.

Rather than take the map down following the public uproar, the executive board at the Journal News has decided to “stick to their guns” and double-down on their original decision, as they have said a map listing all pistol permit holders in Putnam County will soon to be posted.

[update---Putnam County officials have since announced their intention to not comply with the Journal News' request for the names and addresses of pistol permit holders]

The controversial use of the Freedom of Information Act to create the interactive map may come back to bite the Journal News and others who would prefer that pistol permits remain public record.

New York State Senator Greg Ball has already introduced state legislation to make such records off-limits to the public and Rockland County legislators led by Frank Sparaco (R) will soon introduce a bipartisan-sponsored resolution with a similar intent.

It is not clear whether the negative reaction has threatened the Journal News’ true popularity as a news source. As an anecdotal piece of evidence, the Rockland County Times confirms receiving an influx of new subscribers who stated they cancelled their subscription to the Journal News due to the gun story.

The Rockland County Times has not investigated whether the Journal News’ Westchester County headquarters in White Plains has beefed up security.

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by on Jan. 2, 2013 at 6:49 AM
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candlegal
by Judy on Jan. 2, 2013 at 6:50 AM
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coming back to bite them, good

candlegal
by Judy on Jan. 2, 2013 at 8:07 AM

BUMP!

meriana
by Platinum Member on Jan. 2, 2013 at 8:59 AM

On the one side, they shouldn't have published that information without the consent of the people in question and it's obviously created problems for them. On the other side, it could be looked at as a bit of a good thing...I mean, really, is anyone going to try and rob a home when they know the resident is armed? They just may have saved a few home-owners some grief.

Woodbabe
by Woodie on Jan. 2, 2013 at 9:12 AM
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Quoting meriana:

On the one side, they shouldn't have published that information without the consent of the people in question and it's obviously created problems for them. On the other side, it could be looked at as a bit of a good thing...I mean, really, is anyone going to try and rob a home when they know the resident is armed? They just may have saved a few home-owners some grief.

The biggest uproar was from abused women who had gotten the gun permits and were in hiding from their abusive spouses. 

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meriana
by Platinum Member on Jan. 2, 2013 at 9:23 AM


Quoting Woodbabe:


Quoting meriana:

On the one side, they shouldn't have published that information without the consent of the people in question and it's obviously created problems for them. On the other side, it could be looked at as a bit of a good thing...I mean, really, is anyone going to try and rob a home when they know the resident is armed? They just may have saved a few home-owners some grief.

The biggest uproar was from abused women who had gotten the gun permits and were in hiding from their abusive spouses. 

Ok, I hadn't read the original article, just this one. That does present a HUGE problem and like I said, the paper was wrong in publishing names and addresses without the consent of the individuals. The backlash does make a lot more sense now. Thanks for clarifying that.

candlegal
by Judy on Jan. 2, 2013 at 9:38 AM
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I just find it ironic that they have to hire armed guards

Quoting Woodbabe:


Quoting meriana:

On the one side, they shouldn't have published that information without the consent of the people in question and it's obviously created problems for them. On the other side, it could be looked at as a bit of a good thing...I mean, really, is anyone going to try and rob a home when they know the resident is armed? They just may have saved a few home-owners some grief.

The biggest uproar was from abused women who had gotten the gun permits and were in hiding from their abusive spouses. 


Billiejeens
by Gold Member on Jan. 2, 2013 at 10:37 AM

They are lying 2 faced, hypocritical bastards, typical libs.

12hellokitty
by Platinum Member on Jan. 2, 2013 at 11:05 AM


Quoting Billiejeens:

They are lying 2 faced, hypocritical bastards, typical libs.

Much like the hypocritical Hollywood libs. 


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FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Jan. 2, 2013 at 11:07 AM
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What they did was wrong.  You call out people with guns you are going to have some crazy people at  your door step.


lga1965
by on Jan. 2, 2013 at 11:13 AM

 I guess they learned that you better leave the gun culture alone. Its like disturbing a hornet's nest when you mess with them.  I think the whole thing is childish  ... on both sides.

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