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Fireside Chat–NY Newspaper screws up big time!

coffee2  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

The cost of owning a weapon

When it comes to owning a weapon, any weapon, a pistol, such as a revolver, an automatic or semi-automatic weapon handgun or rifle, the careful care and security of those weapons should be taken into account, while pursuing ownership of a firearm – ANY FIREARM. Not, just those that are revolvers, automatics and semi-automatics, it’s any firearm that is capable to cause bodily harm and death. Period. No matter the make and model, if it shoots, it’s a gun point blank.

Today’s current gun laws don’t protect the innocent victims killed each year, because because gun owners refuse to secure their weapons and laws pertaining to criminals using firearms in the commission of their crimes are often stolen and retraced to a gun owner who’s reported a stolen gun – chances are a person is killed with the stolen gun of a law abiding citizen who failed to secure his or her own weapon, where it is not accessible or left out in plain site. 

The rules are simple in the action of Common Sense, not stupidity. The Constitution of the United States in the Second Amendment, says, ‘we have the right to bear arms.” A right that the Supreme Court has reaffirmed from time and time again. The Right to own and bear arms is a basic right, not a felony – but, in the eyes of Criminals and those with mental illness, the right should be reversed in the action of safety, they should never be allowed to see the face of a weapon if their convicted or mentally unstable.

Criminals are bonded by law of owning a firearm, if convicted of a crime, particularly – if the crime is a felony, such as armed robbery and other misdemeanor crimes. But, the law does not govern, those with a mental instability. But, the rules of safety and out of reach still applies by law of common sense, they say.

The past week, the National Rifle Association (NRA) suggested that there should be “Armed Security guards’ in every school in America. Many Police Departments around the country already have fledging “School Resource Officer Programs” in the works to fuel the safety of students and faculty – these police officers are already armed and adequately serving the purpose of Police Departments having armed officers in the nations public schools.

The Eugene Police Department has Police Officers serving in the area’s four major high schools and the officers beat also includes schools below the high school level as well.

If gun violence is to be stopped, state and federal laws needs to be changed to make it simple as possible, not a hardship for the gun owner to begin with. The thought of changing the law should be simple and in plain language rather than being debatable and confusing – Common Sense is the first perfection of the solution. The second idea is to require that new gun owners be at least 21 years old before they could be their first weapon, if they are under the ages of 18 they must require a standard safety class before having access to a firearm in the presence of an adult parent.

Third, the gun owner is required to have a secured gun safe in his or her home and bolted to the floor of their home to secure the movement of readily accessible firearms by children and parents are the only one’s by law to know the combination to the gun safe alone, unless the child is over the age of twenty-one.

Purely a simple piece of common sense goes a long way in preserving the rights to bear arms under the United States Constitution to the right to have and bear arms. It’s that simple as a grain of salt and not merely a complication as the law should simple and simple to be interpreted to be understood, by gun owners and law enforcement officers in state, local and federal law enforcement agencies alone.

But, the toughest part of the deal is matching the crime with the jailbird time and sentences of those with violent criminal histories and more, especially those with mental illness.

I’m not particularly against the ban on assault weapons, but, I’m all for changing the laws and the ways gun owners own their weapons and the security of those firearms, especially, if they have young children under the ages of 18 and 21 years of age. They need to take special care around family members that have a mental illness as well – the security of their weapons should be taken into serious consideration and et al.

The shooting of twenty-plus people in Newtown and the sole survivor in the Oregon’s Clackamas Mall Shooting, changed a lot of peoples minds about assault weapons and more, but, the security of those weapons were compromised and the lives of those innocently killed were taken at the hands of those who had access to an unsecured weapon. If simple protocol and procedure had been followed, the lives of these small children and adults in Newtown, would’ve lived to see their next Christmas, as those who lost their own lives in Oregon as well.

The debate of such weapons and the security of those weapons by current and future gun owners will be a debatable cause for years to come until a readily solution is found.

God has some new angels in heaven and the lives of those they left behind have been forever shattered because of one man and the accessible notation of his intentions to kill those who were innocent and had nothing to do with his mental illness.

This blog article is Copyrighted @ 2012 Jeff newton