As the result of the recent Newtown, Connecticut shootings, the White-Plains, New York newspaper The Journal News (at lohud.com) published the article “The gun owner next door: What you don’t know about the weapons in your neighborhood.”
The point of the article was this:
“I would love to know if someone next to me had guns. It makes me safer to know so I can deal with that,” said Thompson, whose group counsels youths against gun violence. “I might not choose to live there.”
That is: according to the author, Dwight Worley, people need to know who has a gun in their home so that potential neighbors can decide to avoid that person and/or area. The further intimation being: because you can never quite tell when that heinous gun owner will uncork and shoot up the community.
Using the Freedom of Information Act, the article also included an interactive graphic that displays the specific name, address and telephone number of those persons holding firearms permits in Rockland and Westchester counties in New York state. See: “Map: Where are the gun permits in your neighborhood?”
Weasel Zippers weighed in here on the matter originally.
But wait; there’s more. Weasel Zippers then thought it would be appropriate to reveal the address and phone number of the article’s author, Worley, along with those of the newspaper’s president and editors. That article is here.
A bit of tit-for-tat, so to speak.
Because I’m certain those journalists would want their personal information displayed on the internet for all to see as much as lawful gun owners would.
As does The Politico, whose bias is indicated by its title: “Right up in arms over paper’s gun map.”
Anyone besides me believe this is 1) reprehensible, but 2) only fair that the publishers have their personal information revealed as well?