The New York news organization that recently published a list of names and addresses of pistol permit holders in its locale has, in response to a torrent of angry phone calls and email, hired armed guards to defend its offices.
The Journal News elicited national controversy when it released an interactive map of pistol permit holders’ names and addresses in Rockland and Westchester counties on Dec. 23. The newspaper’s editors said they believe knowing where guns are located is a matter of public interest. The newspaper also took a strong editorial position in favor of strict gun control.
But following a barrage of angry phone calls and emails from gun owners that felt they were lampooned in the news for owning firearms as if they were sex offenders, the anti-gun publication felt the need to hire armed guards to protect its offices.
From another local publication, the Rockland County Times:
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.
Meanwhile, despite anti-gun campaigning from media outlets like The Journal News and a number of politicians, the FBI reports that the number of background checks for gun purchases in America hit a new record in December.