There is a time for a great debate - but, it’s not about politics. It’s about the release of sensitive information of Gun Permit owners information of those who choose to carry a Concealed Weapons or CCW on their person.
Last month, a White Plains, New York, Newspaper The Journal-News published an interactive map of gun permit owners in nearby Westchester and Rockland Counties. The release of the map set off a national firestorm in the United States about privacy and the endangerment of gun permit owners who’s lives may be credible danger because of the nature of sensitive information released on behalf of the Newspaper, critics say.
The newspaper claims “they knew” the interactive map would be controversial and more and decided it was pursuant to publish the names and addresses of gun permit holders to their readers, rather, than to heed the crucial words of the public not too – instead, they marched into controversy across the nation, sparking debates about gun legislation and possible bans on certain weapons, such as assault rifles made and imported from overseas and some made in the homeland of America.
The interactive map went viral as the firestorm, lit up Social Media sites across the internet in the wake of the Newspaper’s quest to put people in harms way and those who’s lives may or could be in danger because of the nature of the information released to the public.
Crime victims, especially Women, who carry armed weapons, literally had their address and locations of hiding revealed because of the public records release by the Journal-News unspeakable mistake.
In a retrospective, a counter attack was mountain in it’s wake as a response and counter-attack, a lawyer-turned-blogger took the merited steps onward and fought back against the newspaper in posting the names of Reporters and Editors of those who worked at Journal-News in White Plains, New York.
The rapidly fired counter-attack evidently landed him in the national spotlight on CNN.
Social Media watchdogs and national critics are crying foul ball in the newspapers efforts to fuel the debate even more with a possible release of more gun permit data to its circulation area, according to media and internet reports, I’ve been following.
What really ticks me off is that gun owners have a right to carry concealed and it opens a very dangerous predicament of ignorance and disregard by the publisher, reporters and editorial staff of this newspaper. But, in relevance – the names and addresses also brings a so-called Christmas gift or shoppers gift list for criminals and thieves looking to steal weapons and firearms to commit unspeakable crimes with an innocents gun holders weapon in the commission of a crime, such as a homicidal violence and more, police, gun owners and critics say.
It was also reported, that some of the names and addresses released also belonged to police officers, whom are sworn under oath to Protect and Serve the communities they live in, not just those who are innocently legal to carry on their person – a concealed weapon.
The fact is simple and evidently insane – the news media never publishes the names of victims who a victim of a crime unless it has the ability to compromise a criminal investigation and jeopardize the lives, of police and victims investigating the crime and more, including the seeking of revenge by those sentenced under the court of law and for the victims who testified and successfully help convict them for the crimes they’ve committed against them.
The damage may have already been done by the White Plains, NY., newspaper and the trust they have in their subscribers have in their reporting efforts have probably failed them on both sides of the isle. When it comes to such information and prudent to the lives of those who are at stake journalists, writers and photographers need to be on the extreme “what if” mode in the avoidance of a serious backlash from its owns readers and subscribers – if not, advertisers could pull their advertising dollars from their publication and sinking the Gannett Company owned newspaper into limbo, *if not* a quiet death and demise for it’s quality of disgrace to the pistol packing community of Concealed Weapon’s holders across the country.
In retro and public opinion – they should quit and cease publication all together for a generous and deadly mistake they made in the disclosure of such vital information, even though it was obtained through the “Freedom of Information Act or FOIA,” for their monetary gain and disgrace of those who legally carry CCW’s and those who are trying to hide and start a new life without harm and violence – such unselfish as this is journalism suicide in the eyes of those who dwell in the face of disgrace.
Copyright © 2013 Jeffery Newton