A few days ago New York’s News Journal published an interactive map showing names and addresses of all people who are registered to own a handgun in two counties. Turnabout being fair play and all, a gun owner and blogger decided to publish the names and home addresses of staff members at the newspaper:

Christopher Fountain, who is also a gun owner, spoke to CNN’s “Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien” on Thursday to explain his reasoning behind the posting. “I felt they were using this to harass gun owners,” Fountain said of the newspaper’s staff. “So I harassed them back.”

Fountain posted the name, home address and phone numbers of the Journal News’ publisher, editor, visual editor and several other staff members. Fountain told CNN’s “Early Start” that he was offended by the newspaper’s actions and “wondered how they would like it if their addresses were published.”

The map published by the Journal News on Saturday allows readers to zoom in on red dots that indicate which residents in the two New York counties are licensed to own pistols or revolvers. It had prompted more than 2,300 comments as of Thursday.

My feeling about the publishing of home addresses of gun owners is that it’s a treasure trove of information for criminals, because it lets them know which houses to avoid.

The paper gave some kind of “public interest” BS excuse for publishing the map, but the “red dot” graphic makes it look like a sex offender chart, which is the feel they were probably going for. This is the whole problem with having to publicly “register” for a constitutional right: you can then be easily targeted for all manner of attempted intimidation and insinuation.

By the way, the paper says it’s going to be releasing even more information about which homes in the area are protected by guns. The local criminal element sure must appreciate the News Journal’s efforts, and now they have their home addresses so they can thank them personally.


16 Responses to “Paper Publishes Gun Owner Addresses; Gun Owner/Blogger Returns Favor”

  1. Marshall_Will on December 29th, 2012 6:06 pm

    What a bunch of pathetic, compliant little media lapdogs. As was the case when "SAW" ( Students Against War ) plastered MM's *home* address all over the internet. What "journalistic purpose" did THAT serve?

    I was SO looking forward to seeing lib think-tank "Center For Slandering & Sliming Conservatives Every Waking Moment" and rags like this going under I could TASTE it. But for as much as we worked off the basic premise we were at the ready to take back the WH ( and which mess to address 'first'? ) only to have sanity pulled out from under us!

    So too were these Mook-enablers working off the assumption January 2013 would be their last issue! And now they've been spared the gallows w/ a new lease on life. Got's ta' get busy you know..?

  2. Granny55 on December 29th, 2012 9:06 pm

    I am back down in Texas visiting my daughter and son-in-law. He works at a gun range and has been swamped for the last two weeks. They finally got a chance to get out and about this morning and went to a gun show in Ft. Worth. It was packed but the merchants at the show have doubled thier prices on everything. Word is that they are going to outlaw cliips – period. So those were going fast but are now expensive.

    And as for the outing of legal gun owners – what about retired military and police? What about a mom/wife/girlfriend who legally owns for protection because their spouces travel a lot or are current military serving overseas? And what about law abiding citizens who don't own guns – they got outed as vulnerable to a robbery. These idiot zealots in the MSM are goint to have blood on their hands at some point and it will probably be sooner than later.

  3. backwoodsconsr on December 29th, 2012 10:49 pm

    The list could also tell criminals which houses to go to to steal a gun, if they could be sure no one was home.

  4. SignPainterGuy on December 30th, 2012 2:08 am

    That was my first thought !

  5. Marshall_Will on December 30th, 2012 4:00 am

    My rudimentary understanding is power meters can now be wirelessly intercepted ( your betters determined for your 'benefit' ) and crooks have already figured out the codes to determine when/not you're at home. Loaded for bear or wine tasting at the ART gallery? Your basic OWS/Mook-type scuzzbag stumbled on something beyond drawing 'tubes' and online gaming they can finally put their 'skills' to work at?

    Guys, don't miss Col. Oliver North's 2013 predictions column. No offense but seems the good Colonel still has the brass to SAY the things so many Conservative commentators find.., inconvenient..? IMHO.

  6. Truesoldier__ on December 31st, 2012 1:33 pm

    Exactly. From what I am hearing of the story, there are some women on that list who are looking to sue the newspaper as they were in hiding from an abusive ex-husband. They have restraining orders and in some cases barely escaped with their lives from the abuse. They had the weapon and permit so as to be prepared, but now they are in more danger as there previously unkown address has now been published. They are looking to see if they can sue the paper for putting them in needless danger and for the expenses of moving.

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