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Reaping What The Media Sows

The Journal News is to blame for this: “Officials say two burglars used a ladder to break into the home to try and steal legally-owned guns out of the homeowner’s safe.” The actions of the Journal News, and their gun control fellow travelers is not, and has never been about preventing gun violence. Their actions are about ostracizing and shaming gun owners, and if helping criminals put guns into the hands of other criminals is a cost society has to pay to deliver that shame, then so be it. I’m sure the assholes at the Journal News would be happy to explain how it’s our fault for owning guns in the first place.

Hat Tip to Reader Harold.

18 Responses to “Reaping What The Media Sows”

  1. Erin Palette says:

    So… lawsuit, right?

  2. Brad says:

    Speaking of criminals stealing guns…

    It occurs to me that the common practice of ‘no questions asked’ police buybacks of firearms provides a means by which police can mobilize the criminal class as a tool for gun confiscation.

    • Sebastian says:

      They can get more for the gun on the streets than they can at a police buyback. I haven’t seen anyone stupid enough to run a gun buyback at market prices. Mostly it’s an encouragement for people to get rid of old junk.

      • Brad says:

        Of course they can get more by selling on the black market, higher risk = higher reward. But a police buyback is zero risk for a certain reward.

        If gun confiscation truly became an active policy whether nationally or locally, I could certainly see this tool used by the authorities. It is a lot cheaper and less risky for the government to outsource gun confiscation than to start enlarging the graveyards for police corpses.

      • The Jack says:

        It’s also a way to get rid of evidence of a crime. Since the buybacks are “no questions asked”.

  3. Matt says:

    Hopefully at least some national news outlets (ahem, Fox) will pick up on this story. We all knew it was just a matter of time before this happened.

  4. The editor had the gall to insist that the publication of her address was inappropriate, and that she still planned on continuing to publish the personal information of battered women, cops, prison guards, and other people with pistol permits. She is proud of what she’s doing.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/07/nyregion/after-pinpointing-gun-owners-journal-news-is-a-target.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

    I certainly how that other responsible “journalists” from the internet keep everyone updated on the whereabouts of these dangerous Journal News employees who enable criminal activity, especially as they change their phone numbers, move to new houses, or hide in hotel rooms.

    Reap, sow. Its time for First Amendment Remedies.

  5. Harold says:

    Here’s an article that’s not behind a paywall, although I’m sure this will soon be big non-MSM national news, if not already.

  6. Harold says:

    The local police union, err, “Affiliated Police Association” is none too happy:

    […] the Vice President of the Affiliated Police Association of Westchester County, Robert Buckley, said in a letter, publishing these maps online is jeopardizing the safety of residents and is irresponsible.

    “The Affiliated Police Association of Westchester County Inc. is putting The Journal News on notice that we will hold [them] accountable for any incident where any of our over 25,000 members are involved with an incident where a criminal or ex-con presents themselves at the residence of one of our members as a result of their name being made public by [their] newspaper,” said Buckley.

    The Affiliated Police Association of Westchester will be holding a press conference on January 15, 2013….

    • Erin Palette says:

      What does “holding them accountable” mean? Are they planning on arresting the editor, publisher, and reporters?

      • J says:

        I am guessing a VERY strongly worded letter. Very strongly worded indeed.

      • Harold says:

        It’s generally considered to be a bad idea to get on the wrong side of your local police. If one of their’s or a relative gets seriously injured or killed because of this mishegoss I’d be seriously looking to leave the state, probably find another line of work, etc. Then again I avoid doing stupid things that can get people killed….

        • Erin Palette says:

          If those stolen guns are used to commit a crime and are later recovered, I’d love to see the reporter and management of the Journal News arrested for aiding and abetting. And then there are the civil suits, where the paper can be named co-defendant…

  7. name says:

    Desperate for attention, these newspapers are getting just what they wanted by publishing these lists. Now they have plenty of evidence of the “lunacy” among gun owners. Of course they get to pick and choose which evidence to present to the public…..

  8. I pretty much view what they are doing as a clear and present danger. As such were a local paper to do this in our area. My first action would to be to call the paper and have my name removed from publication (which would not happen), my second would be to call the police (which would likely result in no action), which would leave me with two choices.

    1) Pursue legal action, however as I view what they’re doing as a clear and present danger, legal action is too delayed. Perhaps petition a judge for a take down order until the matter can go to court – also unlikely.

    2) Take matters into my own hands. I believe property destruction (namely electrical/data connections) is a justifiable action in this case for any of those who are immediately endangered by the journals actions.

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