In addition to publishing the names and addresses of these losers from the Journal News, it’s time to start publishing their photos and names of their relatives. Two can play this game.
A suburban New York newspaper that sparked an uproar among gun enthusiasts by publishing names and addresses of residents holding pistol permits is now planning to publish even more identities of permit-toting locals.
Further names and addresses will be added as they become available to a map originally published on December 24 in the White Plains, New York-based Journal News, the newspaper said.
The original map listed thousands of pistol permit holders in suburban Westchester and Rockland counties just north of New York City.
Along with an article entitled “The gun owner next door: What you don’t know about the weapons in your neighborhood,” the map was compiled in response to the December 14 shooting deaths of 26 children and adults in Newtown, Connecticut, editors of the Gannett Corp.-owned newspaper said.
The next batch of names will be permit holders in suburban Putnam County, New York, where the county clerk told the newspaper it is still compiling information.
Putnam County is teeming with former NYPD, guys were sure will be thrilled to have their home addresses published.
Meanwhile, some college professor says the outrage is childish and petulant.
Howard Good, a journalism professor at the State University of New York at New Paltz, called the critics’ response childish and petulant.
“It doesn’t move the issue of gun control to the level of intelligent public discussion,” he said. “Instead, it transforms what should be a rational public debate on a contentious issue into ugly gutter fighting.”
Good said the information about permit holders was public and, if presented in context, served a legitimate interest.
So if you’re fearful some maniac may stalk you, you’re simply being childish.
We’re sure Professor Good won’t mind us showing his photo:
This may be childish and petulant, but here’s how to reach Professor Douchebag: