New York Newspaper published names/addresses of gun owners

  1. 7 I am not a firearms enthusiast, but this was wrong.

    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blog...opstories.html

    I think we, as a society, have gone way too far in going on witch hunts for anything and everything we view as a threat: gun ownership, mental illness, etc. I wish people would grow up.
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  3. Visit  IndiCRNA profile page
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    One thing they did for sure, they provided perfect ammunition for those who are aginst registering of firearms. Maybe some people don't realize it but only a very few states, mostly in the north east, requires firearms to be registered. This paper's actions will provide a perfect argument why not to register firearms. I can see it being brought up years from now.
    Personaly I would never register any of my firearms under any circumstanc.
    workingharder, lindarn, HM-8404, and 3 others like this.
  4. Visit  TopazLover profile page
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    Well, that is certainly frightening to me. Paint a big target on a house to be robbed while the owners are away just to look and see if you find an unsecured gun to steal. Up until that point a robber had to figure out and perhaps even figure out how to access the info. Just because something is public record does not mean it has to be shared publically.

    I suspect the newspaper did not put out a map, updated weekly, of those on probation or sex offenders. No map will be big enough to show all those. If I know my neighbor well, I might know they have a gun. If they know me well they might know my story about my guns. Other than that it really is no one else's business and puts people at risk. What happens when there is a home invasion to steal the guns and only a child is there who does not know the combination to get the guns. Will that child be injured?

    Responsible journalism is a rule. What is responsible about this?
    kalevra, tewdles, workingharder, and 5 others like this.
  5. Visit  duskyjewel profile page
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    They could do this to us if they want to. Any and all comers are welcome to come get their sucking chest wounds if they threaten my family's safety in any way.
    tewdles, lindarn, Szasz_is_Right, and 1 other like this.
  6. Visit  That Guy profile page
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    Good thing all my guns were tragically lost in a boating accident
    kalevra, CrufflerJJ, VickyRN, and 1 other like this.
  7. Visit  nurseguysfinishfirst profile page
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    Quote from wish_me_luck
    I am not a firearms enthusiast, but this was wrong.

    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blog...opstories.html

    I think we, as a society, have gone way too far in going on witch hunts for anything and everything we view as a threat: gun ownership, mental illness, etc. I wish people would grow up.
    They certainly mad it easy for a criminal to know who DOES NOT have a gun.They may have done more to make those folks a target.
    brandy1017, jtmarcy12, and lindarn like this.
  8. Visit  workingharder profile page
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    Aside from the incredible arrogance and willful disregard for the privacy and security of the gun owners, I wonder... if any of these guns are stolen due to the publishing of this information will the newspaper take any responsibility for any future consequences?
    tewdles, VivaLasViejas, CrufflerJJ, and 4 others like this.
  9. Visit  Freedom42 profile page
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    I live in the Northeast. In my state, if you want a concealed weapons permit, you have to apply to your local board of selectmen. Your name, address, and request are published on the board's agenda. More often than not, the local newspaper publishes whether your request was granted. I'm not aware in any increase in crime because of this, and I can't recall any gun owner complaining about it.
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  10. Visit  duskyjewel profile page
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    That's because in the north east, freedom has been systematically beaten out of you. I love living in Arizona, aka America.
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  11. Visit  Freedom42 profile page
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    I don't think freedom has been beaten out of us. I think the right to know is very much alive. Gun permits are public records.
    NRSKarenRN, TheCommuter, and GrnTea like this.
  12. Visit  tntrn profile page
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    Quote from Freedom42
    I don't think freedom has been beaten out of us. I think the right to know is very much alive. Gun permits are public records.
    Public record doesn't mean the newspaper publishes information they think you should have, or publish information meant to scold others, in this case. It means you do the legwork to get information you need or want. In this case, the newspaper decided,for all, that it knew what was best, for all.
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  13. Visit  GrnTea profile page
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    Quote from duskyjewel
    That's because in the north east, freedom has been systematically beaten out of you. I love living in Arizona, aka America.
    Ahem. If you check your American history, you will find that you owe a good part of the very existence of your civil rights and representative system of government ( not to mention a very large part of the Revolution) to... New Englanders. Not to be taken as a slight against New Yorkers and Virginians and others, but hey, a little credit here.

    We shot the Redcoats here first (Lexington/Concord/Boston Massacre), had the first embargo against British goods and dumped the tea overboard first (Boston Harbor), and wrote a good hunk of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence here. The oldest warship in the US Navy was instrumental in the War of 1812 (Old Ironsides, docked at Charlestown Naval). Also the first public education was here on School Street in Boston, so if you got your education in a public school (OK, so maybe it was a little lax in the history department), you can thank John Adams and others who wrote the first state constitution including it. Many of our towns are still run on the Town Meeting system of government -- I live in one. Boston was a hotbed of abolitionism, too. No problem with freedom here. We started it.
    herring_RN, workingharder, and OCNRN63 like this.
  14. Visit  workingharder profile page
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    Quote from Freedom42
    I live in the Northeast. In my state, if you want a concealed weapons permit, you have to apply to your local board of selectmen. Your name, address, and request are published on the board's agenda. More often than not, the local newspaper publishes whether your request was granted. I'm not aware in any increase in crime because of this, and I can't recall any gun owner complaining about it.
    I would argue that the publication of the names of licensed C&C holders differs significantly from the listing of all owners of hand guns, the vast majority (I assume) are owned by people who do not carry the weapon in public nor have a desire to. It further states in the original article that this list includes the names of all persons with a permit, whether they own a gun or not.
    My view of the article is that it is a deliberate attempt to intimidate the lawful owners of a legal device which the Editorial Staff of the newspaper takes issue with.
    While I have little doubt the First Amendment covers the ability of the publishing of this info, I also find it to be vindictive and crass.
    Last edit by workingharder on Dec 26, '12 : Reason: Add info
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