by Mark S. Mann,
As many of you may have seen or heard, sometime around December 23rd “The Journal News” based in Westchester County, NY published an interactive map that allows readers to find the names and addresses of gun owners within the geographic areas of Westchester and Rockland counties, in NY State.
Many of the newspapers readers were outraged over this completely irresponsible violation of gun owner’s right to privacy. This map and information has undoubtedly created safety issues for EVERYONE in both counties.
The latest development in this case is the fact that in the last 48 hours, Rockland County Sheriff Louis Falco, who spoke at a news conference, said the decision to post the online map of addresses of gun owners 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.
So, as a result of the completely irresponsible behavior of the media whores at The Journal News, residents of Westchester and Rockland counties now have the following issues to contend with:
1.) Criminals now have a map of gun owner’s homes should they decide to resort to theft of firearms.
2.) Criminals now have a map of homes that are NOT protected by residents that do not own firearms.
3.) NY State now has officer safety issue as criminals and prison inmates can determine where prison guards and police officers live by matching the names of law enforcement professionals to the list of names and addresses on the list / map.
The pieces of human feces employed by The Journal News that are responsible for this violation of privacy and potential safety hazard should be sued, fined, and punished both by the residents of Westchester & Rockland Counties, and by the State of New York. If the residents of Westchester & Rockland Counties were smart, they would find a local attorney to form a class action law suit on their behalf. The whores at “The Journal News” should be bitch slapped with a suit for invasion of privacy and or public endangerment. Regardless of the actual outcome of such a suit, The Journal News would be forced to defend against it, they would be forced to incur legal expenses, as well as deal with public outrage, loss of readership, and embarrassment that such a suit would create. With any luck, this suit would also create a legal precedent which could provide protection towards future gun owner privacy.
Local lawmakers in New York have stated that they may introduce legislation that prevents information about gun owners from being released to the public. In my opinion this needs to become a federal law, punishable by criminal penalties with the provision that any persons or corporations that release such information will be criminally and civilly liable for damages caused by releasing such information.
The media whores in this country need to be held accountable for their irresponsible actions. They should not be allowed to use freedom of the press, and freedom of speech as a shield to limit or destroy the privacy of law abiding gun owners, or to create a public safety hazard for the communities they are targeting. The irresponsible behavior of publishing this information has potential consequences to both gun owners and non-gun owners of every community.
Best Wishes & Stay Safe!