So let me understand this. The Journal News, a paper that covers Westchester and Rockland Counties in New York, has published a list of all registered gun owners in those counties and their addresses. In addition, they have set up a website where someone can go and check addresses to see who has gun permits in an area. Let us see what they have accomplished
- People who have registered their guns have broken no laws and should not have that info published.
- Many of those homes/ apartments have both parents working or are single working households. Those houses / apartments are unoccupied during the day. They have now provided thieves exact locations where they can steal guns and use them for illegal purposes.
- In addition, they have identified for thieves/ robbers/ rapists places where the occupants are unarmed for an easy robbery or assault,
- Parts of those counties homes are owned by pro athletes, stars, and professionals like Doctors, Lawyers etc. For obvious reasons, they do not want their addresses published. Yet if they registered a gun for protection, they now have published their exact addresses for all to see
All people in those counties should cancel their subscriptions and stop all advertizing in the paper. In addition, they should contact the advertisers that use the paper and tell them they will not purchase any products advertized in that paper.
The papers defense is relies on it was public information and with the killings in Connecticut, people have a concern and a right to know which neighbor owns a gun.