Monday, December 24, 2012

Where most of the guns are

The Journal News, a newspaper serving eastern New York state has posted Internet maps of persons who have a handgun license!

This was an act of hate and selfishness -- not journalism. To be fair, these miscreants aren't the first "news" outlet to do this sort of thing to law-abiding gun owners.

The Journal News has unwittingly reinforced yet another reason to oppose gun registration and even licensing of responsible adults who carry concealed firearms.

Of course, their maps do not show where the criminals with guns are. Why not? The US Supreme Court ruled that criminals need not register their guns because doing so violates their 5th Amendment rights. So, what's the point of requiring it of responsible adults? As a politician from my town wrote, "Law Enforcement needs to be able to know where most of the guns are....I do not believe that it is appropriate to have a large number of unregistered guns floating around...." (Emphasis added.) Now, the whole world knows "where most of the guns are" in parts of New York. My local self-misdescribed "Reagan-Conservative" politician would surely be proud!

My employer's headquarters is near White Plains. I checked the maps for names of my fellow employees. Sure enough, their status as a handgun permit holders shows up on this new map. Now, every burglar in the world knows their homes are likely to have at least one handgun. That could be a deterrent -- if they're home. If they're not home, it's a magnet for anyone who wants to steal a gun and then do what ever they want with my coworkers' wives and children.

Can you imagine being a cop or judge who has locked way some evil people who want revenge? Or imagine being a woman trying to hide from her ex who wants to kill her? This website tells the bad guys exactly where to go! Unconscionable! Just how low is the so-called "news" media willing to go to create "news" and foment hysteria?

People are not inherently evil simply because they have a gun or a gun permit. But "news" people who do this to innocent, law-abiding fellow Americans meet my definition of evil.

If you have a pastime or religion or occupation or national origin or favorite sports team or political opinion or lifestyle or blog or skin color or book or car/truck or alma mater that isn't politically-correct, beware! The next map might have a dot with your name and address on it!
First they came for the communists, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.
Then they came for the socialists, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew.
Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a catholic.
Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak for me.
-- Attributed to pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984)
Every employee and officer of The Journal News should be ashamed. But, the fact that their maps are still up indicates they have no conscience or soul. I pity them.

1 comment:

  1. In the news today: A safe containing firearms and firearm permits was stolen from a home identified in the Journal News online maps (

    Who'd have thought this could happen?

    What the News Journal did is unconscionable! Each person responsible for publishing the online maps must be charged as accomplices in the burglary. Additionally, if anyone is harmed by those stolen guns, each person responsible for publishing the online maps must be charged as accomplices in the crime.

    Journalism is dead.