Wednesday, December 26, 2012

NYC tabloids react to NRA chief, while Gannett-owned NY state paper produces interactive map of area gun owners

A Gannett newspaper in the Lower Hudson Valley produced and published an interactive map of area gun owners, drawing fire from readers (sorry, couldn't resist).

"I can't believe these a$$hats published this info. Clean up your hardware, stock up on ammo," wrote one irate reader.

"This is CRAZY!! why in the world would you post every licensed gun owner information??" wrote another. "What do you hope to accomplish by doing this. This is the type of thing you do for sex offenders not law abiding gun owners."
"The map indicates the addresses of all pistol permit holders in Westchester and Rockland counties," the newspaper said. "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."
The feature has generated over 1,700 comments so far online, the vast majority of them negative, and many, many saying readers should boycott the paper.

The interactive feature comes on the heels of the elementary school shooting in Connecticut and the shooting this weekend of firefighters called to a fire deliberately set to attract shooting victims in Webster, NY. outside Rochester.

Just before Christmas, the NRA's chief executive Wayne LaPierre gave a speech where he recommended putting armed guards inside schools. The New York tabloids responded by featuring LaPierre on its cover – the Post leading with "Gun Nut" and the Daily News calling him the "craziest man on Earth".