Just three days before Christmas, The Journal News, a Gannett company, decided that there might not be enough red in our holidays.
The map indicates the addresses of all pistol permit holders in Westchester and Rockland counties. Each dot represents an individual permit holder licensed to own a handgun — a pistol or revolver. The data does not include owners of long guns — rifles or shotguns — which can be purchased without a permit. Being included in this map does not mean the individual at a specific location owns a weapon, just that they are licensed to do so.
Data for all permit categories, unrestricted carry, premises, business, employment, target and hunting, is included, but permit information is not available on an individual basis.
To create the map, The Journal News submitted Freedom of Information requests for the names and addresses of all pistol permit holders in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam. By state law, the information is public record.
The level level of journalist malfeasance in this action just staggers the mind. Regardless of one’s sentiments pertaining to gun control and Second Amendment rights, it should be clear to anyone that this is worse than a mere witchhunt, intended to stigmatize individuals, even entire locales.
“Being included in this map does not mean the individual at a specific location owns a weapon, just that they are licensed to do so.”
Tongue-in-cheek caveat be damned. The Journal News has created a treasure map for evil-doers. The lion’s share of an arms-minded burglar’s casing has been done for them. They know where the goods are likely to be. It would be no difficult challenge to scope out an address until assured that nobody is home. After all, home defense only works when the domicile is occupied, right?
If so much as one person, one child, should die from a gunshot wound sustained from a round discharged from a weapon permitted to an owner identified by name and address on these maps that, subsequent to December 22, 2012, goes missing, the blood is on the hands of whatever brain trust at The Journal News decided that this was a good idea.
For those that think this kind of authorized invasion of privacy in the so-called public interest is a fine idea, I might suggest a word: complicity.