A conservative media watchdog says the recent move by a New York
area newspaper is part of the mainstream media's effort to demonize
In the wake of the shooting massacre in Newtown, Connecticut,
the Journal News, owned by the Gannett conglomerate,
published an online interactive map that shows the names
and addresses of thousands of residents in Westchester and Rockland
counties who have handgun permits. The database was accompanied by
an article titled "The gun owner next door: What you don't know about
the weapons in your neighborhood."
The newspaper obtained the names through a Freedom of
Information Act request. But Fox News reports that there has already been a
backlash from readers, who say the map makes gun owners a target
and tells criminals which homes do not contain a gun.
"You can look at this map
two ways: You can look and see where this is a place to target,
because when the people are not home, you can go there and steal
their guns. Or just go to the neighbor's house and think there's
little chance that these people have guns, so it's a lot safer
place to go commit a crime," says Dan Gainor, vice president at the
He contends that mainstream media outlets like the Journal
News are out to demonize gun owners.
"The great irony of it is they're using the First Amendment to
try to demonize the Second Amendment. Their constitutional class
ends frankly at free press and free speech," Gainor reasons. "They
don't even believe in freedom of religion, so they sure as heck
don't believe in the Second Amendment."
In response, the MRC vice president tells OneNewsNow some
critics of the newspaper's action have utilized their own First
Amendment rights, creating "an interactive map of the employees of the
Journal News … their addresses and their contact